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5 Simple Tips to Reduce Household Dust
It can be tough to get rid of the dust in your house. It may seem like there is a never-ending supply of it just coming into your house from places unknown. What you might not realize is that there are some great ways to reduce dust in your house that don’t take a lot of time or effort to pull off. Here are our five best tips for reducing dust in your house.
Part of reducing dust is making sure that there isn’t as much dust floating around. If you do regular cleaning each day and a deeper cleaning each week and month, you can get rid of the things that cause dust in your home. You will also get rid of many hidden caches of dust that are located around your home that you might normally overlook. Make it a point to clean in places that you don’t often clean when you do a monthly or weekly deep cleaning. You don’t have to put a lot of time and effort into these cleaning tasks. Just do a little every day and a little more on the weekends, then a little more at the end of each month. All the cleaning adds up to a much nicer house with a fresher look and far less dust in it.
Start at the Top
If you clean from the top down in whatever you are cleaning, then you will get rid of dust and not be cleaning the same things twice. Marge from Diamond Cleaning Ca says “Imagine cleaning an area and then cleaning the area next to it and everything you wiped off on one area went onto the space that you already cleaned”. That’s what happens when you clean from bottom to top, which is why we suggest starting at the top and working your way down. That way, gravity will work in your favor and ensure that you are not doing double work or leaving behind a mess as you clean. This is the perfect way to clean curtains, bookcases, your fridge and other things that stand vertically in your home.
Don’t Use a Feather Duster
It may be the common tool of household dusting, but feather dusters do more harm than good. They really only stir up dust rather than completely remove it. You are much better off using a damp cloth. That will actually cause the dirt to stick to it and you can then remove the dust later when you wash out your cloth. You can’t do that with a feather duster, which really only moves the dust from one place to another. As you dust with this tool, it pushes dust particles into the air, which can aggravate allergies and sinuses. Like we said before, these are very simple tips, but some of them go against common sense, and people have been using feather dusters for hundreds of years. It’s time to do something different, though, if you really want to reduce the amount of dust in your house. Feather dusters don’t cause more dust, but they do make dust harder to clean and keep you from reducing the amount of it you have in your home.
Use an Air Purifier
If you really want to get rid of dust using a household tool, try installing an air purifier. You a get these for a very reasonable price these days, and they will filter out dust particles in the air. That means you will see less dust settling on your bed, furniture and carpets. You can breathe easier and enjoy cleaner, healthier air. The problem with these, however, is that there is a tendency to think that they get rid of all the dust problems. While an air purifier will reduce dust particles, it does nothing to get rid of or reduce dust mites in the house, so you will still need to clean up dust and get rid of it through other means to ensure that dust mites have no place to stay in your home.
Be sure to read reviews on air purifiers before you buy any of them. Some are better quality than others, and you can’t just rely on the price to tell you if an air purifier is worth buying. Some of the best tones are fairly inexpensive, and you need to take time to research this product before you put it in your home.
Get Rid of Some Carpets
The worst dust collector in your home is your carpet. Some carpets are worse about this than others, but any carpet is going to be worse than just having wood or tile floors. You may not want to get rid of all your carpets, and having mats strategically placed in the house can actually cut down on the dust, but if you get rid of some carpeting, you will have a much easier time controlling the dust level in the house. You can clean the dust off of a tiled or hardwood floor a lot easier than you can get it out of a carpet. Also, when you walk on a hard floor, you won’t usually push dust particles up into the air like you would with a carpet.
You need to realize that carpets are dust magnets, and you want to try to keep them out of any room where an allergy sufferer sleeps or spends most of their time. You will see a noticeable different in how that person sleeps, breathes and feels once you get rid of the carpet.
You might miss the carpets at first, but when you have less cleaning to do and a healthier, cleaner house, you will start to appreciate the small sacrifice.
With these five steps, you can greatly reduce the dust level in your home and make it a better place for everyone. You will likely feel better and spend less time cleaning once you follow the tips we have provided here. Our hope is that you’ll start to see results almost right away, just by making small changes that can have a big impact.