Written By: Ryan Greenawald of Diversey

Schools see a lot of foot traffic throughout the year, which can negatively impact the look of floors if they are not properly maintained. Although foot traffic significantly subsides in the summer, students, teachers, key personnel and even community members may be utilizing various school spaces for summer courses, planning meetings, sports team practices, club gatherings and community events.

To keep flooring assets protected year round, it’s important for custodians and facility managers to consider the following best practices:

8 Ways to Improve Office Air Quality

Take a deep breath. Notice anything? If you don’t, that could be a very good thing: indoor air quality, or IAQ, often only attracts notice when something’s wrong. But there are times when poor IAQ can go unnoticed, leading to headaches, congestion, nasal and throat irritation, and more—and it can even impact productivity. According to the World Green Building Council, IAQ can impact productivity by as much as 11%!  So how can the average business protect itself and maintain good IAQ? Here are a few easy ways—and the best part is, most of the efforts you take to improve your IAQ will also bring added benefits to your building and its occupants!

  • Maintain your air filters and your HVAC systems – this also ensures smooth operation and cuts down on energy costs incurred by poor maintenance and air flow!
  • Clean your building regularly to eliminate bacteria, dust and other pollutants. Not only does this improve IAQ, but also helps cut down on productivity drains like hay fever and influenza.
  • Protect your entryways and floors with proper matting systems that help trap soils and particles. Your lungs will thank you, and you’ll spend less time and money cleaning and refinishing your flooring!
  • Invest in (and maintain) quality vacuum systems for your facilities, including HEPA filtration technology. Backpack versions of these vacuums are also more efficient and safer for your employees to use.
  • Switch to microfiber dust mops and cloths that trap more soil and that are cleaned through thorough vacuuming and washing. Microfiber products can also cut down on the use of disposable alternatives, reducing your environmental footprint.
  • Choose cleaning chemicals that are low in volatile organic compounds. These chemicals are safer for your workers and can also provide you with the opportunity to streamline your cleaning supplies for more labor savings.
  • Plan your space around airflow, ensuring good ventilation and utilizing furniture and fixtures that are easy to clean. Thoughtful design can also boost productivity and employee morale!
  • Keep up to date with new guidelines issued by the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. You should also work with vendors and suppliers who can work with you collaboratively to stay in step with the latest trends and regulations.

“8 Ways to Improve Office Air Quality.” 8 Ways to Improve Office Air Quality. N.p., Staples Business Advantage, 28 Sept. 2016. Web. 5 Oct. 2016.

More Than A Fresh Coat of Paint

NJS has recently gone through a big renovation. Taking on more square footage to accommodate the growing company, putting up walls for new offices and rearranging cubicles to be more efficient and for better feng shui, a new conference room, and the list goes on. Along with the larger space and different layout we also have a different look that makes everything have a different feel around the office. What was once the brownish, purple carpet is now a patterned gray that adds interest to the space. The carpet is matched with a light gray paint with a dark gray trim, which has replaced the pale yellow walls.

A huge thanks to our Director of Human Resources for the smooth transition due to making communication key in the renovations. It was business as usual in the office while productivity remained consistent.

Co-workers are already appreciating the new look for its clean, simple design.  Everything feels shiny and new that is matched with the arrival of the spring season, which started over a month ago but with the prolonged winter weather it’s about time for some new beginnings.  We are all looking forward to the inevitable changes as we continue to grow as a company, together. And a huge thank you to our partners and vendors who we hope to continue to grow with.
Take a look at some before and after pictures-




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