Decontaminate Windows on National Window Cleaning Day

May 15, 2019

In commemoration of National Window Cleaning Day, May 15, window cleaning professionals revealed the four worst health risks contaminating windows, reports:

  • Bird excrement, which is commonly found on windows, can lead to respiratory diseases, yeast infections, and illnesses that affect the lungs and central nervous system.
  • Mold and mildew, which can thrive on windows, can aggravate respiratory allergies as well as chronic respiratory conditions such as asthma.
  • Pollen can accumulate on windowpanes and contribute to the sneezing, eye irritation, and congestion associated with pollen allergies.
  • Dust can accumulate on unwashed windows. Microscopic dust mites which live in the dust leave behind feces that can cause respiratory issues and allergic reactions.

Be sure you’re safe when removing these window contaminants, especially if you’re washing windows on a high-rise building. Follow these safety tips from CMM:

  • Inspect your equipment before you begin cleaning
  • Train your workers on the proper use of the equipment
  • Conduct a site assessment at each location to identify hazards specific to the building and make a plan to avoid them.


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