If you have allergy-sufferers in your family, you’ve probably wondered how to reduce dust in your home. According to the makers of one furniture spray, the average home collects 40 lbs. of dust in one year. Forty pounds! Add in older carpeting, kids, a couple of cats, and a busy schedule and the figure is probably higher. While no amount of cleaning will completely remove the dust in your house, here are 7 tips on how to reduce dust in your home dramatically.
How To Reduce Dust In Your Home
Usually, the fix for most household problems is going to the source. When it comes to reducing dust in the home you really can’t address the source because it’s you — and everyone else who lives there. Skin cells and hair are among the main components of household dust. But so are the materials your home is built from along with every item in it: paint flakes, particles of popcorn ceilings, carpet and fabric fibers, etc.
So when it comes to reducing dust in your home the best solution is keeping out as much dust as possible and regularly getting rid of the rest of the dust that builds up. These 7 tips will definitely help.
1. Have everyone remove their shoes upon entering. In some parts of the country this is considered good manners, but there are always people who balk at the thought of a no shoe policy. If they realized that up to 80 percent of the dust in your home enters on the bottom of peoples’ shoes — along with dangerous bacteria, viruses, and pesticides — they’d probably rethink their reluctance to tell people to shed their shoes. One solution: keep an attractive basket of washable slipper socks near the door for guests’ use.
2. Use mats, and keep them clean. Sturdy mats inside and outside of every entrance to your home gives people a place to wipe dust off their shoes before entering. That practice alone will greatly cut down on the amount of dust tracked indoors even by people who’ll be taking off their shoes once inside. Shake the mats outside or clean them with a hand-vac every couple of days and you’l notice a definite reduction in dust in your home. (This handheld vacuum has a roller bar to get pet hair off mats, too.)
3. Change your air filter and use it to clean the air: Most manufacturers advise changing your filter every 3 months but changing filters more often will greatly help cut down on dust in your house. Use the inexpensive, disposable 1-month filters and change them every 30 days or more often if you see dust building up on surfaces. Be sure to vacuum the area around your furnace, too: eliminating the dust that it pulls in from the surrounding area helps your filters last longer. Then run your system’s fan when you’re cleaning and the filter will catch any dust in your home’s air.
4. Keep your bedding clean: We’ve all seen the commercials about dead skin flakes, dander and dust mites that build up in a mattress over time. They build up in bedding and pillows, too. Reduce this by vacuuming your mattress every time you change your sheets. Run your comforter and pillows through the dryer on “fluff” regularly, too, and wash your pillows every 4 to 6 weeks.
5. Vacuum often and properly: A good vacuum is a great ally in the war on dust. Vacuum every room in your house, including the closet floors, regularly. How often depends on how many people live in your home. The general rule of thumb is to properly vacuum each room weekly then go over high-traffic areas once a week per person or pet.
6. Dump the duster: Sure, feather dusters are cute and retro, but they do a horrible job removing dust. Even if you follow recommendations to stroke the surfaces with the feathers instead of “tickling” them, the dust will fall out of the feathers as you walk through the room. Put your vacuum’s soft-bristled dusting attachment to work getting the dust out of your house by regularly vacuuming drapes or curtains, mini-blinds, and baseboards, along with horizontal surfaces where dust accumulates. Use an extension dusting kit if your vacuum can’t reach.
7. Do some DIY duct cleaning, or hire a pro: When was the last time you pulled the vent cover off of your floor register and took a peek? If you’ve got kids or pets, the chances are you’ll find quite a few things down in the vents. Use your vacuum’s hose extension to clean the floor registers and into the ducts as far as you can reach. If they’re particularly dirty, or you don’t know whether they’ve ever been professionally cleaned, it’s time to call in the pros. Many carpet-cleaning companies also offer duct-cleaning services, often with steeply discounted rates in the summer.
Although your house will never be 100% dust-free, following these 7 tips on how to reduce dust in your home will make a huge difference.
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