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Improving Indoor Air Quality in Schools

January 16, 2019 8:30 AM by Tennant Company



How to Help Students and Staff Breathe Easier


More than six million children in the United States have asthma, according to the CDC. Good cleaning equipment and practices can help maintain good indoor air quality and contribute to a healthy environment for students and staff.

Clean Without Chemical Odors

Amid rising asthma rates, cleaning chemical smells are increasingly seen as unhealthy and being odor neutral is much more desirable—as well as a good indicator of a clean environment. Cleaning floors and other surfaces without conventional chemicals eliminates chemical smells and helps create a safer environment for students, staff, and visitors.

Use HEPA Filters to Capture Air Particulates

Advances in cleaning technology, including high efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters on vacuums, are supporting good indoor air quality. Vacuums with true HEPA filters help control the levels of airborne particles including those associated with allergens. Lower quality filters fail to capture the smallest of these particles, so vacuuming can stir up them up and degrade air quality.

Many newer generation vacuums also are much quieter than existing models, helping reduce overall noise levels and making vacuuming much less intrusive.

Get Carpets Clean and Dry Faster

Advances in microfiber technology used in carpet cleaning results in rapid drying that leaves carpets clean, dry, and ready for use in less than 30 minutes. Rapid drying and using less water can reduce the potential for mold and odors, and create cleaner, healthier spaces by using up to 80 percent less water to clean and leaving up to 90 percent less water in the carpet compared to deep extraction.

 

Choosing cleaning equipment that can help maintain good indoor air quality contributes to productive learning environments for students with asthma or other health concerns. And that means that staff members – along with students – can breathe easier.


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