What is dirt and dust?

What is dirt and dust?

You’ve probably never thought about the type of dirt and dust that you are removing when you clean. Dirt is anything that is not wanted on a surface that can lead to poor hygiene or poor appearance. Different types of dirt and dust exist:

Loose soil

Atmospheric Soil


The dirt inside buildings is mostly loose soil that has been tracked in by the soles on shoes. It can be so small that it’s not visible, but it can cause damage to floor surfaces depending on what they are made from.

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The air will carry atmospheric soil, which is caused by pollution, exhaust fumes, and cigarette smoking. The soil is difficult to remove because it is oily. When combined with moisture, the soil can release harmful chemicals which damage floors and surfaces.

Spills are the most obvious type of dirt that we see and can immediately identify, and need to be cleaned as soon as possible to avoid surface or flooring damage.

Dust is a powder that contains a mixture of organic and mineral matter. Dust in homes and offices is a result of humans losing between 30,000 to 40,000 skin cells per hour. Dust contains pollen from plants, animal hairs, textile fibres, paper fibres and soil. If you want to find out more about Commercial Cleaning Services Gloucestershire, visit Into Cleaning.

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Allergies and respiratory problems can be caused by dust. House dust mites, which are tiny creatures that live on shed skin cells of humans in humid conditions, feed off the tiny organisms. Mites can be found in bedding, carpets and clothes. Some people have an allergy to the droppings from house mites. This is a very common allergy that is often linked to rhinitis, asthma and eczema. Consider Commercial Cleaning Services Gloucestershire to ensure your business is dust-free.

Ventilation is important in the workplace, whether it’s through windows, AC units, or vents. Air purifiers can be used if ventilation is inadequate. Assuring that cleaners use effective equipment and methods, such as HEPA filter vacuums, will help trap allergens. Dust levels can be reduced by implementing a clear desk policy, and damp-wiping the desk twice a week. Hang coats away from desks in order to avoid allergens from the outside environment being spread into the air.

If we give more thought to what type of dirt we have to clean, our cleaning decisions will be more effective.