You just finished dusting your home, but soon you see something that puzzles you. Tiny particles of dust once again are collecting on surfaces. Just a few hours ago, you had your home dust-free. Where does all the dust come from, and is there a way to control it?
Dust is made of tiny particles of solid matter. Your hair, skin cells, clothing fibers, upholstered furniture, curtains, and pet dander are all sources of dust. However, 60 % of the dust in your home originates from outside. These particles include pollens, mold spores, and other organic debris.
The amount of dust your home collects depends on various factors like where you live, how many people live in the home, if you have pets, and of course, how often you clean.
Although dust cannot be avoided entirely, you can control and minimize the amount of dust your home accumulates by taking the following steps.
External Dust – Stop its Tracks
Dust enters your home in the form of pollen, mold spores, and airborne pollutants. You can minimize the amount of dust by keeping your windows and doors closed as much as possible.
Dirt particles are a major dust component, so invest in a coarse-fiber heavy-duty doormat and take off your shoes right away upon entering your home. Otherwise, you will transfer dirt collected under your shoes to your floors or carpet.
Use the Right Cleaning Tool
If you are using a feather duster or a dry rag to clean dusty surfaces, you are losing the battle against dust. Feather dusters and dry rags spread the dust around instead of capturing it.
To effectively capture dust, use a damp rag or cloth with an electrostatic charge, such as a microfiber cloth or duster.
Just as a feather duster spreads dust, some vacuum cleaners may circulate dust particles in your home. To achieve maximum efficiency when vacuuming your home, use a HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filtered vacuum.
A HEPA vacuum uses a type of filter that can trap a large number of tiny particles that other vacuum cleaners cannot. HEPA vacuums also clean all of the air going out of the vacuum, which is a big plus for allergy sufferers.
Clean Your Air
If you have a loved one who suffers from dust allergies, you want to make sure your home’s air quality is clean. If your home uses forced air and cooling, ensure you change the filters frequently.
If you don’t have an air or cooling system, opt-in buying an air purifier. An air purifier with a HEPA filter can trap those tiny particles that float in the air before it settles on a surface. It is also vital to clean or replace these filters regularly to get the maximum benefit.
Wash Bed Sheets Regularly
You’ve probably heard the rule of thumb to wash your sheets weekly. The reason is that fibers from the sheets and pillowcases create dust. As well as dead skin cells you leave behind in bed. If not washed once a week, the dust will accumulate and invite dust mites to your bed.
Keep closets organized
Inevitably, clothing and linens will shed fibers, thus forming dust in your closet. However, keeping your closet organized will decrease the amount of dust it collects.
Decluttering your closet is the key. Any clothes you don’t need for the season, bag them. You can use garment bags or large garbage bags to enclose your clothes. Try to keep only the clothes and items you need in the space. Use plastic containers to store your towels and other linens.
Although dust in your home cannot be completely avoided, you can control how much dust accumulates in your home. Any efforts you put into keeping your home dust-free will be worthwhile, especially if you deal with allergies.