Spring can be a miserable time of year for people with allergies, and according to Allergy UK, surveys show that allergies are increasing at an alarming rate. 30-35% of people are currently believed to suffer from allergy at some point in their lives, and at this time of year it’s allergic rhinitis – also known as hayfever – that’s right under our noses.
In workplaces where known potential allergens and irritants are present, such as factories or mines, employers are obliged to take steps to reduce them to prevent instances of occupational allergy from developing. However with so many people suffering from airborne allergies, including seasonal hayfever and even regular household dust, it is worth considering how every workplace can play their part in preventing them as part of the daily cleaning routine. For example, you already dust your workplace surfaces; have you thought about dust mopping your floors too?
What is dust mopping?
A dust mop is a wide, flat mop that is designed to be used dry and not wet to collect dust and other small pieces of loose debris or allergens from hard floors. Many dust mops have a synthetic microfibre mop head which are superior at attracting and retaining dust, leaving your floors thoroughly clean and ready to be walked on straight away, or for a deeper clean with a wet mop.
Dust mops are available in a range of widths and sizes, from small dust mops for offices through to very wide mops for larger factory floors or lobbies. The mops have long handles for floor cleaning, but some are designed with telescopic handles that allows them to also be used to sweep walls and even ceilings, and specially designed dust mops for high level cleaning are available too. When the mop head needs to be cleaned, the fabric sleeve can be removed and machine washed – when dry, it’s ready to use again and again.
The benefits of dust mopping
As dust mopping sweeps away miniscule specks of dirt, dust and debris it can be a very important part of a floor maintenance programme, and regularly dust mopping in high traffic areas removes surface dirt before it can be ‘ground into’ the floor and require a much deeper clean. Where allergens are concerned, the mop head picks up the smallest traces from the floor before it can be tracked into other areas, and as dust mops can also be used on the walls or ceilings they help to remove dust and debris that isn’t so easy to spot.
During hayfever season, dust mopping can play an important part in allergen control in the workplace as it helps to remove pollen that might have been brought into the workplace on the soles of your employees’ shoes. Not something that you may previously have considered, but if any of your employees suffer from severe hayfever, it’s an easy cleaning step that will make a big difference.
Of course, in addition to them leaving your floors dry and ready to use again right away, there’s also the obvious advantage that dust mops are cordless and silent, unlike many types of floor sweeping machinery that can be cumbersome or disruptive in many workplace environments. They’re also very easy to store; in your cleaning cupboard they don’t take up any more space than a typical mop or broom, and many types of wider dust mops have collapsible heads.
If cross-contamination is a concern, you’ll see that our dust mops are available in a range of colours so you can match your mops to your area-specific cleaning kits. Finally, to complement your larger dust mops, why not consider keeping disposable dust wiping cloths in your cleaning kit for spot dust cleaning on your floors and hard surfaces, or for in between more thorough dust mopping.
To see our full range of dust mops, visit our Janitorial Equipment range on the website now. And if you’ve noticed a reduction in workplace allergies since adding dust mopping to your cleaning and maintenance routine, we’d love to hear about it – leave us a comment below.