Clean-Slate Janitorial Services (www.Clean-Slate.ca), a leading service provider of commercial office cleaning in Vaughan and the Greater Toronto Area, is weighing in on the importance of regular office cleanings to prevent seasonal allergies as summer allergens begin to appear in full force.
Seasonal allergies occur when the body’s immune system reacts to molds and pollens in the air during a particular time of year. The body treats them as dangerous and releases chemicals to drive the irritants away. Seasonal allergies are known to cause fatigue, make it more difficult to sleep, and decrease work productivity, both due to being absent and being present, but sick. (Sources: Benninger, M., “Itching, Sneezing and Tearing: It’s Allergy Time,” USNews.com, June 11, 2015; http://health.usnews.com/health-news/patient-advice/articles/2015/06/11/itching-sneezing-and-tearing-its-allergy-time; Glover, L., “When Seasonal Allergies Get Serious,” USNews.com, April 7, 2015; http://health.usnews.com/health-news/health-wellness/articles/2015/04/07/when-seasonal-allergies-get-serious.)
“While allergies can be trouble for anyone anywhere, there’s nowhere they’re more problematic than the workplace” says Sam Panousis, owner and operator of Clean-Slate Janitorial Services. “That’s because allergies not only hurt the productivity of the person who’s sick, but the productivity of everyone who requires that sick person’s contribution to do their job.”
It’s a lesser-known fact that the causes of seasonal allergies vary based on the region and its local flora. For instance, those with seasonal allergies in Ontario are more likely to suffer from tree pollen and grass allergies in the spring, while ragweed will trigger allergies in the fall.
Workers can also bring allergens inside with them, creating the need to remove those allergens from carpets and rugs. A professional cleaning service will also take care of dust that has accumulated over time, which can trigger allergic reactions year-round.
“Regular cleaning goes a long way to removing allergens from the office,” Panousis concludes. “To stop them from entering in the first place, place doormats at the entrance to the office. And when it comes to staff already suffering from allergies, they can take medication such as antihistamines to relieve symptoms.”
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