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Friday's Ask the Experts: Indoor air quality

July 17, 2009
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Friday''s Ask the Experts question from a cleaning professional on the International Custodial Advisors Network (ICAN) "Ask the Experts" page: My company recently started service at a concrete products manufacturing facility. The flooring is hard (VCT and tile) with a few carpeted offices. I have been told that the fire alarm has gone off due to dust raised when sweeping, etc. We have to clean these floors twice daily. Could you recommend a quality vac with a dump bag that we could use instead of a dust mop and regular vacuum?
The answer:
You have a couple of choices. Use a treated dust mop for "dustless sweeping." The mop head will need frequent cleaning by vacuuming or shaking outside the facility, but, if treated and used correctly, will not raise dust and it is quiet and relatively fast.
Have a few spare heads available to save time by changing them out. Don’t use them with ... Lynn E. Krafft, ICAN/ATEX associate editor, lekrafft@juno.com
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