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Should We Be Vacuuming Hard Surface Floors?

Last updated 5 years ago

By Richard Sanchez

Many floor installers who remove old carpet or hard surface floor coverings and replace them with new coverings have had to add a new step to the removal/installation process.

Previously, the first task was simply to begin removing the old carpet or hard surface floor, but now they find — for health reasons — they must vacuum the floor or carpet first.

One reason is that many organizations, especially schools, have reduced floor care maintenance and delayed refinishing their floors as well as cleaning their carpets for such extended periods of time that bacteria, germs and potentially dangerous microorganisms are now present.

These contaminants can be released during the removal and installation process, and inhaling these contaminants can be a health risk.

Although this may be an extreme situation, it serves as one reason why professionals who clean and maintain commercial facilities should consider vacuuming hard surface floors instead of dust mopping them.

Instead of disturbing impurities that settle on the floors by dust mopping, an effective vacuum cleaner with a proper air filtration system can remove them more thoroughly, helping to protect the health of the cleaning worker and indoor air quality (IAQ) in the process.

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