Carpet and Rug Institute – Fact vs. Fiction

Sneezing. Coughing. Running nose. Itching red eyes. Sound familiar? Up to 50-million Americans each year experience these symptoms due to allergies. While the symptoms are very real, some of the quick-fix remedies are not – including moving to Arizona or shaving the family dog. According to many allergists, the real cure for sniffing, sneezing and wheezing may be as simple as a regular house cleaning. In household dust, common allergens from dust mites, pets, mold, and cockroaches can trigger an allergic response. Dr. Mary Lasley, a pediatric allergist, explains “Simple changes in your routine cleaning can reduce allergies and help your family live more comfortably.”

What is an allergen?

An allergen is any substance that can trigger an allergic response. Besides indoor substances, outdoor pollens and foods are common allergens. When an allergic person encounters an allergen, the immune system becomes activated. This triggers a complex chain of events, which produce the symptoms of an allergic reaction, such as swelling of tissues, sneezing, wheezing, coughing, and other reactions. It is unclear why some substances trigger allergies and others do not.

Who gets allergies?

It is not yet fully understood why certain people get allergies while others do not. However, we do know that allergies can develop at any age, and heredity plays a key role in who will develop allergies. If one parent has allergies, the child will develop allergies 48 percent of the time, and if both parents have allergies, the child’s risk grows to 70 percent.

How can I find out more about allergies?

If you suspect you may be suffering from allergies, contact an allergist /immunologist. Your allergist can perform tests to determine the source of your allergies and then establish the best course of treatment. Often, the first step is to minimize your exposure to your particular allergen(s). You and your allergist can work together so that you can make appropriate changes in your environment.

How to Reduce Allergies in Your Home or Office

Indoor allergens that can be found in the home or office include dust mites, pet dander, mold, and cockroach allergens. An allergist may recommend environmental control measures for the home depending upon the offending allergen. Complete avoidance may be difficult, but simple steps can be taken to reduce exposure:

Lack of Circulation

Opening windows to let indoor allergens out of the home can bring outdoor allergens such as pollen and mold spores into the house. Instead, use heat and air conditioning to clean, circulate and dehumidify the air in the home. Also, using a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter to remove airborne allergens, such as pet dander, can lessen the amount of circulating allergens. Dust mites and cockroach allergens are heavy particles that do not stay suspended in the air and settle quickly, so air filters do not work well for these allergens.

Moisture

Dust mites and molds thrive only in high humidity areas. Maintain the home’s relative humidity level below 55 percent by using heat and/or air-conditioning equipment consistently and using a dehumidifier where necessary – doing so will discourage dust mites and mold growth. Repair all roof and plumbing leaks to prevent mold growth.

Cleaning

Cleaning is the best way to reduce allergens. Done regularly, cleaning stops allergens from accumulating, which helps minimize allergy and/or asthma symptoms. Pay special attention to the bedroom since most exposure to dust mites is while sleeping – 60 percent of dust mite allergen is found in mattresses and bedding. In order to control these allergens, wash bed linens in hot water (at least 130F) weekly and vacuum mattresses regularly. Comforters, blankets and curtains should be washed frequently. Encase pillows, mattresses and box springs in “allergen-control” covers, and freeze or wash stuffed animals weekly in hot water (at least 130F).
Clean and disinfect wet, warm areas – such as kitchens and bathrooms – weekly to stop mold growth.
All floors should be vacuumed, dusted and wet mopped weekly. When sweeping, take care not to circulate dust from the floor into the air.
Vacuum carpet and rugs at least once a week – twice a week in bedrooms and high-traffic areas. Use a well-functioning vacuum cleaner that has adjustable brushes, and bears the Carpet and Rug Institute’s Vacuum Cleaner Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Testing Program green label. These are vacuum cleaners that have been tested for and meet strict standards for removing soil and containing the dust within the bag and the vacuum cleaner. Vacuum cleaners may produce dramatically different cleaning results and impact on the indoor environment. The green label program endorses only vacuum cleaners that perform each of the following three tasks well: soil removal, dust containment (without putting the dust back into the air) and carpet appearance retention.
Vacuum upholstered furniture regularly, and clean hard furniture with a damp cloth. A damp cloth should be used on window treatments, windowsills and window frames, ceiling fans, light fixtures, and storage units as well. Dust also can be reduced by storing books and knick-knacks in closed cabinets – doing so leaves fewer places for dust to settle and makes cleaning easier.
Your allergist/immunologist can provide you with more information on allergies.
If you have more specific questions or would like MCC to provide you with allergen and moisture free environment using certified green products, please do not hesitate to Contact Us.

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Cleaning Service for Medical Facility – What to Look For?

Select a service provider that specializes in the hospital cleaning to halt the spreading of infectious diseases, comply with all the necessary guidelines, and ensure your medical facility looks at its best. When selecting a service provider it is best to hire a company that specializes in hospital and medical housekeeping. Hospitals are not your ordinary office buildings; they are institutions which require intensely sanitary conditions to protect their patients from the spreading of bacteria and viruses.The intent of hospitalization is to heal a patient rather than introduce them to new and dangerous diseases. That is why it so critical to hire a cleaning service provider that is highly rated and experienced in hospital sanitation and infection control. Your housekeeping selection will make all the difference when it comes to the success of your institution.A cleaning service specializing in hospitals and health management institutions should be trained to properly sanitize and straighten up patient recovery rooms, exam rooms, operating rooms, X-ray rooms, emergency rooms, and MRI rooms taking special care to not tamper with expensive medical machinery and materials. If the facility has a developed and approved Infection Control Manual it is always mandatory to provide it to the cleaning service provider so that they could also follow those housekeeping guidelines. Daily terminal cleaning procedures can be very tedious and time consuming and all areas must be thoroughly cleaned. It is extremely important to remember that that any cleaning service you decide to hire, should be capable of suitably conducting the terminal cleaning nightly by properly disinfecting every thing in the facility including floors and their own cleaning equipments. Area where terminal cleaning is being conducted must have its own set of equipments for sanitary reason and nothing should ever be removed from that side of the facility.Hospitals and Medical Facilities also have dangerous areas and cleaning employees should be properly trained to handle blood borne pathogens and infectious diseases. The company should also provide programs for the management of bio hazardous waste products and recycling. Proper training for all employees must be placed by the cleaning contractor.

Hiring a cleaning service that focuses on healthcare facilities are more likely to meet current health and Safety, and infection control requirements as well as complying with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) guidelines.

When searching for the right cleaning service for your medical building pay attention to the structure and efficiency of the management and their experience in maintaining other medical facilities. This is a good indicator of the competence and proficiency of the entire group.

Question whether and how often management inspects the work of their employees. Inspection of the facility and employee performance should be done regularly and often. Management should also conduct customer satisfaction reports from among patients, hospital staff, and visitors, and make appropriate adjustments. A capable management is crucial to the success of any business and should be heavily examined before hired.

All of the employees of the cleaning company must be properly trained in both cleaning, disinfecting and details of terminal cleaning. In addition to these qualities, all employees and the company as a whole ought to be responsible and reliable. The cleanliness of a hospital or a medical facility is vital to the health and healing of it is patients and should never be neglected.

MCC Building Maintenance specializes in the cleaning and maintenance of medical facilities and complies with all the necessary guidelines, and ensures your facility looks its best. To find out about MCC’s quality care program in servicing their medical clients, please feel free to give us a call at (415) 883-1616.

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Going Green – Update

An evaluation of MCC’s sustainability practice has been initiated by the Bay Area Green Business (County of Marin). We have been working with the Sustainability Team of the Community Development Agency at the County to verify that we are complying with any applicable environmental regulations. All applicable agencies (PGE, Water Districts, etc) have visited MCC’s corporate office and warehouse to perform their analysis and will be providing their list of recommendations to the Sustainability Team within next few weeks. The recommendations may include some renovations and electrical upgrades in our corporate warehouse which has a very old non-efficient electrical system.

MCC management is very determined to continue their business on a healthy greener environment. We are actively working to show our environmental responsibility to our community by committing to the following objectives:

  • To conserve energy, water, materials and other resources
  • To develop and implement practices that prevent pollution and waste
  • To be an environmentally responsible business within our community
  • To strive for continuous improvement and implementation of the 3 R’s (Reduce, Reuse and Recycle) 

MCC is determined to use its extensive experience and skills to achieve this recognition in the near future. Please stay tuned for further details.

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Going Green

MCC Building Maintenance has initiated the process of becoming a Certified Green Business and is developing a sustainability program to better service the community and its’ clients. Businesses seeking to participate in this program will be reviewed against a list of criteria that evaluates their organization’s level of sustainability including green policies and practices.

The Bay Area Green Business Program will conduct a detailed evaluation of MCC’s sustainability practice and upon rigorous process will possible designate our business as a “Certified Green Business”. MCC is determined to use its extensive experience and skills to achieve this recognition in the near future. Please stay tuned for more details.

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MCC introducing Landscaping Maintenance.

MCC Building Maintenance is proud to announce a new component to our line of building services offered. We are now offering complete landscape maintenance for our value clients. All of the services that you need to maintain a beautiful landscape are now available. You can continue to expect the highest quality service and personal attention from MCC in all aspects of our services including our new landscaping maintenance division

By adding landscape maintenance services, MCC would like to be your one stop shop for your building maintenance needs. We have been servicing clients in the San Francisco Bay Area for over 20 years and we hope that we can continue to earn your business in years ahead.

Our landscaping maintenance service includes:

  • Weekly lawn mowing
  • Shrub installation & pruning, and ground cover maintenance
  • All types of plantings including Perennial & Annuals
  • Tree installations
  • Mulching and edging of shrubs & tree beds
  • Fall leaf clean up & spring clean up
  • Expert turf management
  • Fertilization
  • Seasonal color planting & maintenance
  • Weed control
  • Irrigation layout, consultation and repair
  • Small tree pruning
  • New lawn installation
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