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Fragrances and Aerosol during Office Cleaning

Category: Aerosol and Atmospheric Chemistry

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DOI: 10.4209/aaqr.2017.08.0270
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Aikaterini Maria Zarogianni, Glykeria Loupa , Spyridon Rapsomanikis

  • Laboratory of Atmospheric Pollution and of Control Engineering of Atmospheric Pollutants, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Environmental Engineering, Democritus University of Thrace, 67100 Xanthi, Greece


Common cleaning activities in an office result in an unclean indoor air.
Scented products release fragrances that can remain in the air for hours.
Mopping the floor and cleaning of the windows increase indoor aerosol levels.


Fragrance compounds emitted during and after the use of cleaning products in an office, were monitored. Mopping the floor with a general purpose cleaner and a domestic bleach and cleaning the windows with an aerosol glass cleaner, as well as the combination of these cleaning activities, were carried out. The following compounds were found in detectable amounts; d-limonene, α-pinene, α-terpineol and 2-butoxyethanol, 1,3,5-trimethylbenzene, eucalyptol tetrahydrolinalool and diphenyl ether.

Along with the fragrances, the number concentrations of airborne particles with an aerodynamic diameter range between 0.2 µm-10 µm were monitored continuously. Cleaning affected the number concentration of all particle sizes, but particles with an aerodynamic diameter above 0.4 µm were mostly affected. The largest increase above background concentrations were observed during the mopping of the floor (with a solution of a general purpose cleaner) in combination with the cleaning of the windows by spraying with a glass cleaner. In this case, for particles larger than 0.4 µm, indoor number concentrations were 19 times larger than the background concentrations. Conversely, for particles below 0.4 µm number concentrations increased only 4 times above the background concentrations during the same event. Auxiliary measurements included: carbon dioxide (CO2) concentrations and the indoor micro-climatic conditions (air velocity, light intensity, temperature and relative humidity.


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