Hidden Germs & Bacteria in your Commercial Property

Part of your duty as a commercial property manager is to ensure that your building is a safe and healthy environment. Your tenants deserve a place to operate their businesses where they don’t have to worry about possible health and safety concerns lingering around them.

That’s why you should educate yourself on not only the best building maintenance practices but also where potential germs and bacteria may lie in your building. 

We all know about the everyday surfaces where germs linger, but what about areas we never consider. If left unattended to, these areas can accumulate mountains of dust, germs, bacteria, and mold.

In today’s article, we’ll share where exactly these areas are. We’ll also discuss attending to them with commercial property cleaning services and other methods.


Carpets collect and hold everything that is in our air. One of the worst hidden health concerns in carpet flooring is bacteria. Reports state that one square inch of carpet can contain 200,000 bacteria – and that’s the average. That is 4,000 times more germs than what’s on the typical toilet seat.

But you’ll be happy to know, through cleaning and the second item in this article, you can keep bacteria at bay.

There’s a variety of carpet cleaning methods out there, including hot water extraction. This method is done by using extremely high-temperature water, a carpet cleaning solution, and a vacuum. Hot water extraction is one of the most popular methods for carpet cleaning and works for most carpets. A commercial building cleaning service can perform this method for you.

In addition to carpet, office facilities sometimes have partitions, chairs and other furniture that are overlooked during routine cleaning. These items – especially cloth covered items can harbor hidden germs. Like commercial carpet, there are specific methods to clean them.

Air Ducts

The air ducts in your building could potentially be holding dangerous amounts of germs, debris, and mold. It’s common knowledge that the quality of our air can significantly impact the state of our health. Poor air quality is known to cause health issues such as allergies, dizziness, and fatigue. 

To avoid the build-up of harmful toxins, you may want to consider cleaning your air ducts on a three to five-year basis.

The air duct cleaning process usually consists of compressed air tools or vacuums. These tools will dislodge the dust from the air ducts, so they can easily be removed by the vacuum. Dust holds mold. By removing the dust, you decrease the mold issue.

It’s best to enlist the help of a specialist. Proper air-duct cleaning requires a specific set of skills your typical maintenance team may not possess.

Underneath Furniture

Whether you’re cleaning your own home, or a janitor is cleaning a large commercial property, they often skip the underside of furniture. Years can go by before someone decides to move a piece of furniture, and once you do, you’ll find a mountain of dust and debris that can also hold germs.

The great news is you can seamlessly add this to your commercial building cleaning crew’s routine.

Instruct your team to follow their typical regime but to also include their dusting process for the underside of furniture and surfaces. Removing the dust and bacteria from these areas will help keep hidden dust and germs at bay.

Public Areas

High traffic areas like elevator controls, railings, door handles, etc. are of special concern when it comes to sanitizing your commercial property. Your cleaning routine should be paying extra attention to these areas.

RJC Can Help You!

If you need help to ensure the health of your building and its tenants, contact RJC today! We offer a variety of commercial property cleaning services, including hot water extraction carpet cleaning. RJC serves the Maryland, DC, and Northern VA region.


Sudarsan Chakraborty is a professional writer. He contributes to many high-quality blogs. He loves to write on various topics.