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The Danger of VOCs and Maintaining Indoor Air Quality With Carpet Cleaning in Allegheny County, PA

July 22nd, 2016 · No Comments

As a general rule, maintaining a healthy workspace in any business requires consistent cleaning and systematic attention to every area of the building. In all cases, this rule applies to carpets as well. Without regular care, your carpets can quickly diminish the cleanliness of your workspace and have a direct, negative impact on indoor air quality. ServiceMaster Professional Building Maintenance provides the care your carpets need with our professional carpet cleaning in Allegheny County, PA.

Dirty carpets are cosmetically unsavory and unprofessional, but they can also damage the health of any employees or customers exposed. This is due to the accumulation of microbes, allergens, and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) collected daily in carpet fibers. VOCs come from a variety of everyday materials, and they cling to the tactile strands that make up your carpet fibers.

What are VOCs?

VOCs are simply organic chemicals with low boiling points leading to high vapor pressures at standard room temperature. This high vapor pressure causes large quantities of molecules to evaporate from the chemical mass into the air. VOCs are often identifiable by the scents accompanying the evaporated molecules—scents that are often referred to as fumes.

Many types of VOCs are harmful to human health, and the inhalation of these molecules can damage respiratory, neural, and cardiac functions. In most cases, VOCs are also detrimental to the environment. Over time, if exposure to VOCs is continual, these compounds can have severely negative effects on the health of your employees and customers as well as the environment.

Where do VOCs come from?

VOCs are quite common in many workplaces. The makeup of most VOCs often contains a combination of hydrogen, oxygen, carbon, fluorine, chlorine, nitrogen, bromine, and sulfur. Because so many materials contain these elements, VOCs are common in building materials, cleaning products, fuels, and much more. For example, paints, wood finishes, air fresheners, and dry cleaning products all contain VOCs.

Defending your workspace against the potential threat of accumulated VOCs starts with your carpets. Routine carpet cleaning in Allegheny County, PA, is one of the easiest ways to maintain a healthy workplace. Contact ServiceMaster Professional Building Maintenance at (412) 3727771 for more information.


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