By Eric Michaels

Should You Dust or Vacuum First for Better Air Quality?

It's always allergy season for some people. Whether you have heavy customer traffic or large numbers of employees working in an enclosed space, maintaining high standards of air quality is essential for productivity and customer satisfaction — however, custodians might not have the tools to get the job done. With the wrong approach, they may even release dust into the air and make breathing more difficult for everyone. If you're wondering whether it's better to dust or vacuum first to keep allergens from spreading, you may be asking the wrong question.


The Trouble with Dusting First


Dust can enter a room in a number of ways, including through a building's air ducts and windows. While HEPA air filters help control the dust coming through HVAC systems, custodians have to focus on the pollen and dirt particles that settle on furniture and other surfaces. Dust falling from skin and clothing cannot be controlled by central air systems — it must be removed before entering the air stream.


Dusting with a rag or dry mop first only makes the situation worse. Custodians may believe they are clearing the surfaces, but instead, they are relocating dust to other areas, or into the air. On the other hand, vacuuming with a high-suction system allows your cleaning team to achieve actual soil removal, which should be the goal of any custodial work.


Why Cleaning Equipment Choices Matter


It's not so much a question of whether to dust or vacuum first, but of what the right cleaning equipment is for the future of your company. For example, knowing it is better to remove dust via vacuum, you can consider ways to transition away from rags, mops, and buckets — three tools representing a cleaning system best left in the dustbin of history.


Versatile no-touch cleaning systems with the right accessories can create a healthier space with a smaller footprint. When you use a wet/dry vac system, the need for dry mopping disappears. Upgrading equipment serves as an investment in more efficient cleaning and a more welcoming workplace for employees and clients alike.


Take into account the many ways better cleaning equipment impacts your business before you make decisions about tools for custodians. Dusty corners in the hallway do more than bother employees as they tackle their duties during allergy season; they also present the picture of a poorly managed operation to customers with an eye for detail. If your cleaning crew is on the job with tools that don't work, it won't matter how often they clean, or what order they tackle the jobs in. They'll never have a chance to succeed.


Employees plagued by allergies don't stand a chance when custodians circulate dust around the workplace with mops and brooms. Click here to learn more about cleaning tools of the future.

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