Dust is something that will always accumulate in our homes, but we can always remove it, and reduce the amount of dust on flat surfaces, floors, and in fabrics. Take these steps to reduce dust, and properly remove it when it does appear, and you’ll save yourself a lot of extra housework, as well as keep allergies at bay.
The number one thing you can do in your home to reduce dust is to vacuum regularly, assuming your vacuum has a good filter in it. Vacuums suck up the dust so you can physically remove it from your home, but if they don’t have tight seals at the joints and hoses, or the vacuum doesn’t have a good filter, then vacuuming ends up spraying dust back into the air from the back of the motor. Ideally you want to use a quality vacuum with a HEPA filtration system.
In addition to vacuuming carpeting, you should also vacuum hard floors, instead of just dust mopping or sweeping them. Vacuuming removes more dust than these other methods. Further, don’t forget to also vacuum upholstered furniture. Anything with fibers, such as upholstery, carpeting, draperies, etc. are a place for dust to cling and then stay, so you’ve got to vacuum these spots thoroughly and regularly to remove it. That’s why if you have extremely bad dust allergies doctors recommend completely getting rid of carpet, since it holds onto a lot more dust than hard floors.make sure you have a good vacuum and that you’re taking care of it. Change the filter when necessary and make sure it’s functioning properly.
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Change your air filters as recommended
While heater and AC filters are great at catching dust and other debris, if they aren’t cleaned and replaced every so often, they become useless. Some suggest changing it about once a month, but that also depends on how much stuff you have floating in the air around your home. Just remember that they should be changed and clean to help prevent dust.
Wash your bedding
Your bedding should be washed once a week, if possible. Flakes of dead skin gather on the sheets and, whenever you move or make the bed, that dead skin gets shot into the air and eventually turns into dust. But cleaning your bedding, you prevent flakes of dead skin getting all over your home! Ewwww!
Dust weekly, but use the correct tools
Along with vacuuming, the other main method for removing dust from your home that has accumulated. Dusting isn’t hard, but it should be done regularly, and to make sure you’re not wasting your time it should be done correctly. Don’t use a feather duster, since they just push dust around. Instead, to remove the most dust use a microfiber cloth or a dusting mitt which will pick up and hold the dust for easier removal.
Should you dust before you vacuum? Good question; it depends on how you dust the rest of your house. If you’re using microfiber that is statically charged like our dusting mitt – then it doesn’t matter which is first because your mitt will attract the dust and keep it trapped.
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Keep your closet floor clean
This may sound difficult at first, but try to keep your closet floor empty of anything. Closets are full of fibers and hairs from all your shedding clothes, and all that falls to the ground and eventually turns into dust. If you keep your closet floor clean, you can vacuum quickly and the dust will never escape!
How do you reduce dust in your home? I’d love to hear your thoughts and comments below.