How to Reduce Dust in Your Home
To get rid of the dust in your house is, it seems, a battle lost from the very beginning. The second you wipe the nightstand, puff! and the fine dust particles just appeared somewhere else, on photo frames, lampshades, bookshelves, you name it.
Dust is not just dirt, but consists of pet hairs, pollen, mold, dead skin flakes, insects, dust mites, lint, fabric shedding, soot and whatnot. It can cause many allergies and health problems, so it is important to remove it effectively from your home.
First of all, we advise that you ditch all room carpeting. However, if you can’t part with these lovely home décor items, at least reduce them in number, and in size. Instead, opt for area rugs and indoor mats which you can easily shake outside and at the same time make vacuuming a lot easier. Speaking of vacuuming: make sure to vacuum your floors at least twice per week. It is also important how you do this. Try to make many slow passes and not furiously wield around the vacuum hose, wishing this nasty chore was done and over with.
This way you’ll just stir up the dust. Still, there’s no denying that vacuum cleaners don’t keep down all the dust they collected, but expel some of it back into the air. For this reason, it is extremely important that you regularly change vacuum bags and filters. To avoid the danger of airborne mold and allergens, use certified True High Efficiency (HEPA) filters, and change them at least once every three months. It’s also not a bad idea to invest in a sealed-body vacuum cleaner which won´t leak any of the dust. Vacuum bags should also be large enough and preferably made of synthetic cotton instead of paper.
It would be best if you stopped using the old-fashioned dusting tools like random dry disposed rags and feather dusters which only spread out the existing dust. Instead, try using washable microfiber cloths or special disposable cloths with electrostatic charge which attract and capture the dirt. If you’re using microfiber cloths, make sure that you wash them regularly and without using fabric softeners or bleach. These chemicals can destroy the microfiber’s ability to attract and collect dust particles. If the dust is already built up in a thick layer, not even microfiber will come to the rescue. there’s nothing left but to wipe the area clean using a damp cloth. After that, continue using microfiber dusters.
Purify the air
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You can sweep the floors, wipe clean all working areas and furniture, and get rid of the visible dust. Alright. But, have you noticed under a sunbeam from your window just how many tiny dust particles are floating in the air? Eventually, they’ll end up in your nose, mouth, and lungs. You can remove the hazardous dust from your home by using air purifiers. Again, you should be wary when choosing the right product. Check if the air purifier uses certified HEPA filters. Avoid buying ionic purifiers which produce ozone as this might irritate your respiratory organs.
Textiles in your home
Just like with the carpets, you should limit a number of textiles in your home. They not only collect dust but also shed their own fibers over time. But some textiles you cannot do without, like your bedding. It covers a large area and attracts millions and millions of fine particles. That is why it is advisable that you change your sheets and bedding weekly. A lot of dust also lands on curtains. If you wish to keep your windows decorated and covered, you should also machine-wash the curtains from time to time, or take them to the cleaners.