Did you know that 40 lbs. of dust and 45 toxic chemicals collect in 2-bedroom apartment over the course of a single year? That’s according to research by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

This calculation was originally made under conditions where occupants spent at least 40 hours a week away at a workplace, and evenings and weekends at home. Inside the new normal, the same calculation of dust could easily double or triple. An accumulation of dust, dust mites and other dirt and grime means a reduced indoor air, and a potential increase in airborne illnesses like asthma and allergies.

Today apartments have turned from places of respite to places of shelter in place, offices and full-time study halls. Evenings with family have turned into 24/7 habitats and let’s face it—more staying in means more dirt and dust and germs.

Poor indoor air quality has been linked to many chronic conditions and one of the major culprits of poor indoor air quality is allergens. Airborne and settled dust are top allergens, but also pet dander, dust mites and mold and mildew according to the Institute of Medicine.

A clean apartment takes on a new meaning in today’s world, even as we place more wear and tear on our living environment. A professionally cleaned—even sanitized—apartment may become a necessary investment to our health and well-being, and even more necessary to our health as we tax our living environments to their limit.

A professional cleaning means that high touch areas are cleaned, and that proper cleaning substances are used to assure an apartment is not only clean, but sanitized. Dust is cleared, improving the air quality of a home and elevating the breathability and health of inside air.

Health and well being have taken on an even greater importance in today’s changing environment. Professional cleaning may become a necessary layer of protection.