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Reducing Dust In Your Home

Dusting and flower vase Reducing Dust In Your HomeReducing dust in your home is a great way to prevent allergies, keep machinery running properly, and to ensure that your home looks presentable for you, your friends, and family this spring season. There are many things that you can do to make this an easy process, and one that will be able to help eliminate dust after you have cleaned surfaces.

The following is a short list of successful tips and ideas that have worked for homeowners and spring cleane5rs alike.

When dusting, use a dusting spray that guarantees that there will be no residue left behind. When dusting with just water and a paper towel, the dust will collect on the surface again, defeating the purpose of your work. The same applies to dusting sprays that do not dissipate. They will only make the surface sticky.

Dust reduction by anti-static cloths, anti-grease solutions

Dust with rags that have been neutralized from static electricity.  Static electricity promotes two things, the first being dust deflection. The dust will not settle because the charge is essentially repelling the dust, keeping in the air. The second is that there will not be any streaking because there are no solvents being used. An oily surface like a rag used with an oil-based product not used in conjunction with a dusting spray will have a tendency to leave streaks. Those streaks then attract dust via a sticky film that is left behind.

Instead of waxy, oily, store-bought products, why not try and mix a bit of lemon juice into a water bottle, to cut the grease caused by finger and handprints?

What To Avoid When Dusting

When you are dusting your home for spring time, remember that sticky surfaces have a tendency to attract not just dirt and dust, but also insects. This is another reason to avoid using products that coat your household surfaces and will not dissipate, or inexpensive dusting solutions that will leave a waxy coating.

Don’t wear shoes in the home. Wearing shoes throughout the home tracks in dirt and grime. This dirt and grime can get very dry and have the potential to create dust by breaking up and becoming airborne.

Remember to take care of the details as well as the more obvious surfaces in your home. Don’t forget to protect machinery like computers, DVD players, cable boxes and so on, by making sure they are kept clean. The dust can enter into the small vents and become harmful to the circuitry located within. This can cut short the lifespan of that particular item, resulting in a costly replacement down the line.

What and Where To Dust

There are many areas of the home that should be dusted on a regular basis in order to eliminate allergens in the home. Here are some forgotten areas that are in common areas of the home that cause the most dust related allergies:

  • Any flat surface. An obvious one, but necessary. Side tables, coffee tables, credenzas, china cabinets; they all need a good dusting on a regular basis. Even flooring can attract dust, of course. This is when a dry, or damp, mop can be your best friend.
  • The top of shower rails. We go to the shower to get clean, yet most of the time we are surrounded by dust at the top. Take care of this with a wet towel and cleaner.
  • Above kitchen cabinets. This is another area that is often forgotten. While cooking there are allergens floating around that can possible get into the food you eat.
  • Around the bed. Cleaning the surfaces around your bed can be a great way to help you sleep better. If you find that you are waking up in the morning with allergy-related headaches, consider taking another look at dust hot spots.
  • TV and computer screens. If you value clarity, then you know how important this is. This is not to mention how much dust you breathe in when you’re surfing, or watching.
  • Bookshelves. This is dust’s favorite locale.
  • Corners between ceilings and walls. This is a common area where cobwebs can gather if these areas are forgotten.
  • Window blinds. This is another area that is often forgotten, but can amass considerable layers of dust in places known for airflow. Reduce dust on your blinds, and you reduce dust in your home overall.
  • Fan blades. Not only can these areas also amass dust, but they can spread dust around. Keeping them clean helps to reduce dust all around.
  • Lampshades and lighting. These are surfaces that many take for grant, yet can become a haven for dust.
  • Figurines and sculpture. With intricate patterns and nooks, dust often finds a home on the surfaces of your beloved keepsakes, heirlooms, and pieces of art.
  • Vent grills. Your grills are the access points of air flow. Once again, if you reduce dust here, you’ll help to reduce it everywhere else too.

Filter inspection, cleaning, and replacement

Replace HVAC filters for vents for cooling and heating units in the home. Dust can collect in these filters throughout the year, especially in intake vents. If your filter is clogged, residual dust and debris trapped in the system can become loose and be introduced into the air. This is a major allergy culprit that most people do not realize. Seasonal inspection and replacement of filters, and the cleaning out of vents and ducts is a vital part of reducing dust in your home.

Reduce dust, boost health

Reducing dust is more than a spring cleaning ritual.  It’s a way to make sure that your house is free from allergy-causing airborne particles and dust mites all year round. When you remove dust regularly, you help to improve the very air you breathe when you spend time in your home. And good air quality, of course, is a vital part of good health. So, reducing dust just isn’t about breathing easy when it comes to an attractive interior!

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Cate Morgan-Harlow

Cate Morgan-Harlow is an all arounder, writing about how-to, DIY, and design with gusto. She is a shadowy figure with a mysterious past.

5 Comments

  1. One of the best things you can do is get a duct cleaning. The air ducts of your house collect so much dander and dust and then spit it back out into the air for you to breathe. Air duct cleanings are imperative for a dust-free home.

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    A dust-free home? I think, it’s unreal :)

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    My house is near a factory and my house is target of dust and particles.It was difficult to stay in the house.I applied your tips and dust is reduced inside my house.Thanks a lot.

  4. I love the dust control tips, and just wanted to suggest looking at air filtration in home or office. I have pets and a fireplace in addition other sources for dust and allergens. I added an air filtration system by Austinair and have noticed a considerable reduction in dust, which saves me type. I have also noticed that my allergies and breathing difficulties have improved.These units are well built to last and really look great. They also have a great warranty policy!

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