Many times when people dust they do it quickly without thinking of the right way to do the job. It is an essential task that a janitorial cleaning service needs to do when they are cleaning an office. Dust is not just the particles that you can see but also the ones that you cannot see. These small substances become airborne very easily and when they settle down it lands on desks, window sills, chairs, or any surface that can hold onto dust. Two common dust particles are soil and sand but in an office it can also include hair, mites, plant material, fabric fibers, and dead skin. The visible dust can create a work space that is unsightly and often times can cause employees to become sick. It is also improves the environmental safety of an office because dust can irritate your skin, eyes, and lungs. For people with allergies it can be an unsafe place to work. When it is left to build up it can spread infections, cause damage to electronic equipment, soil hands and paper items.
Depending on how dusty the surfaces are the employees of the janitorial cleaning service should dust at least once a week on all horizontal surfaces, more often if the offices are really dusty. To make your dusting more effective and faster you should:
- Dust first the high surfaces and work your way down starting at one end of the room and move in a clockwise direction
- Make sure that you move all objects like the phone, pictures, etc and dust under them. You should never remove any piles of papers, but just dust around them.
- Do not wave around your dust cloth or static duster carelessly as you dust because it will not capture the dust but only spread it around to other places.
- Use a damp microfiber cloth to wipe any smudges or spots on the desks, or walls. Make sure it only use plain water and rinse it as it becomes dirty.
- When you clean the television screens or computer monitors be sure to use a microfiber cloth that is dry but never use tissue paper, window cleaner, or paper towels as they can cause screen damage. Make sure that you wipe lightly. If you see any smudges or finger prints on the screens use antistatic wipes that are designed for this type of equipment.
- Dust any wood desks or tables along the grain and dust the chairs from top to bottom. Do not use furniture polish unless the client asks you to.
- Make sure that you are dusting all areas where dust can accumulate like air vents, window sills, clocks, picture frames, door frames, cabinet tops, fire extinguishers, etc.