We all know that dust makes your home look dirty and unattractive. But did you realise that dust is also bad for your health?
Many tests have been done that prove the connection between dust and many types of sinus problems, colds, and allergies. Any of these symptoms can be triggered by dust - so keeping on top of it is important. You can plan your dust busting attack with these killer dust cleaning tips.
1) Banish Clutter: Ornaments, knick knacks, and clutter on work surfaces make dusting your home a much slower process. Lifting and moving things out of your way as you dust is far more time consuming than dusting clear surfaces. This type of clutter is also a magnet for dust.
Do yourself a favor and de-clutter your home. Get rid of things you really don’t need and keep all surfaces as clear as possible. It will make your life far easier and you’ll have fewer dust attracting items.
Try displaying collectible items, knick knacks, and other small widgets in a closed glass case or hutch. This way dust is kept out but you can still display the things you love.
2) Give Electronics Special Attention: TV’s, computers, and other electronic gadgets are huge dust magnets, so you need to give them a thorough dusting and dust them more frequently than other items. Also, don’t forget to vacuum and dust behind large electronic items, like TV’s, monitors, and computer towers. Try using an aresol dust remover to blast debris and dust out from hard to reach places.
Having fewer electronic items in a particular room will help to limit your exposure to dust. It makes more sense to have multi-purpose electronic items, instead of a several separate ones.
3) Dusty Areas in the Kitchen and Laundry: Electrical items such as the fridge and the back of the dryer attract dust, so focus your attention on those areas. Years of dust build-up can actually lessen the longevity of these appliances, so an annual cleaning is highly recommended – perhaps add it to your spring cleaning list.
4) Your Bedroom: Many people dust and vacuum their bedrooms less frequently than the living room, but this is a huge mistake. Soft furnishings, such as bed linen and drapes attract a lot of dust. Plus, if you have a TV in your bedroom, it could easily be the dustiest room in your house.
You spend a third of your life sleeping and if your bedroom is dusty, you’re likely to suffer from allergies and sinus problems. So it makes sense to dust and vacuum your bedroom as often as possible.
5) Soft Furnishings: Your carpets, sofa, and curtains gather dust fast and they are a haven for dust mites. Vacuum your carpet and sofa regularly and clean your curtains as frequently as possible. If they are machine washable, give curtains a quick wash in the machine, dry until they are still a little damp and you should be able to re-hang them without needing to iron.
6) Have a Plan of Attack: Dust each room starting in one corner and work right back around to the beginning. That way you’re less likely to miss anything. Don’t forget about light fittings, lampshades, and blinds as they all attract a lot of dust. Next, vacuum the entire room, paying special attention to soft furnishings.
- A lot of people enjoy the aroma of scented candles. But did you know that a burning candle creates dust? Burning creates soot and it settles on your furnishings as dust. To combat this, and still enjoy your favorite candle aromas, use the plug in type scents or the warmers that melt the wax with incandescent heat instead of burning a wick.
- Having your air ducts cleaned every so often can reduce dust in your home.
- An air purifier can help to remove many pollutants from your home such as cigarette smoke, pollen, mold, pet dander, and dust.
Keeping dust at bay is a never ending task but remember it will be far easier if your home is clutter free and you don’t do things that create more dust. Also, basic, easy to clean soft furnishings are far easier to keep dust free than those requiring special cleaning.
Even with regular dusting it may not be enough if you are an allergy sufferer, it may be worthwhile replacing all your carpets with wooden or laminate flooring.