Still finding dust around the house, even after you’ve finished cleaning? Our tips will help keep dust at a minimum.
There’s nothing worse than cleaning your house from top to bottom to still find dust lurking around the place. No matter how much you clean, it seems as though there’s nothing you can do to prevent dust from reappearing. It’s outright annoying, and even more so for asthma and allergy sufferers. But sadly, it’s impossible to completely banish dust from each room because it’s made up of different particles that come from fibres, fabrics and people – all of which can be found in every home.
While you can’t eliminate household dust for good, you can keep it under control by removing as much of the stuff as possible with each clean. Now you want to know exactly how you’re meant to do that, don’t you? Yep, we thought so.
Well, we had a little chat with our lovely cleaners at Helpling, and they’ve spilt the beans on how they continue to win their battles against dust to enable you to combat the world’s most annoying particles on a regular basis.
1. Organize your wardrobes
As we touched upon before, fibres and fabrics are among the biggest culprits in introducing dust to your home. Even though you won’t see it happening, your clothes, towels and bed linens shed tiny fibres all the time. There’s nothing you can do to stop it, but if you keep your wardrobes organised and clean, it will help to reduce the amount of dust that can form and escape.
The best way to keep dust showers at bay is to store your garments and linens in plastic containers or bags. Clear plastic containers keep dust out and fibres in while still allowing you to see what items you have inside. They’re easy to lift off your shelves too, which helps to make cleaning your wardrobe easy. If you have any items of clothing that you only wear during certain times of the year, such as big winter coats, keep them in garment bags or even big bin liners so they stay dust-free.
You must make sure you actually clean your wardrobes as well. It’s amazing how few people do this. Okay, so it adds to your cleaning routine, but you only need to do it 2 or 3 times a month to cut down on the dust you have to deal with each week.
2. Keep your floors clutter-free
Think about how much dust accumulates on lamps, ornaments and other objects your keep on surfaces (and the surfaces themselves). Just like all of these things, anything and everything you leave on the floor will be a magnet for dust. Clothes in the bedroom, toys in the living room, books in the study and all those things you leave in piles on the floor in each room will have a huge impact on the amount of dust created in your home.
Also, a quick clean around your piles of clutter will not remove the dust that has managed to settle on, in and around them. You need to clear all the clutter away so the dust doesn’t get into the air (and your lungs) and to enable you to vacuum or mop your floors with ease.
3. Ditch the carpets if you can
Dust mites absolutely love carpets, which means you’re going to find it pretty tough to get them out of your woven floor coverings. And while we know carpets look beautiful and feel nice under your feet, they are also extremely high maintenance. Yes, you can vacuum them daily, but you’d be surprised how much dust can still pile up, making them a bad choice for anyone with severe asthma or allergies.
If you really can’t live without your carpets, you’re going to need to invest in a powerful vacuum cleaner. Not an allergy sufferer? You could try a vacuum with a good agitator brush, but you’ll need to vacuum at least twice a week for it to make any difference to your carpets dust levels.
4. Change your bedding at least once a week
This might gross you out a bit, but your bed sheets and pillows are favourite spots for dust to hang out. A lot of that is to do with your dead skin cells, which are also one of the largest contributors to household dust. As you sleep, layers of outer skin peel off from your body and collect in your bedding. When you combine your skin flakes with the fibres that shed from your bed linens, you’re left with loads of dust to clean up.
Wash your sheets and pillowcases once a week (twice if possible) and use an allergen-proof cover on your mattress. If you have linens or any items that aren’t machine washable, either take them to the dry cleaners or give them a good shake and smack outside. It’s also worth pointing out that good quality bedding can be beneficial for reducing dust in the long-term.
5. Regularly groom your pets
Like us humans, your pets shed dead skin cells. Great – more skin! That’s just what you need. They also shed a heck of a lot of hair, which is also another major source of household dust. Regular grooming is essential to help keep dead skin and pet hair from gathering. As a bonus, your furry friends always feel better when they’re groomed and it also gives you the chance to do a quick health check at the same time. If you have cats, you should also consider keeping their litter box covered because these can create lots of dust too.
6. Clean high points before low points
So many people make the mistake of dusting areas within easy reach before cleaning the things at higher levels. If you want to ensure your space is free from dust, you have to start high and work your way down. It’s the only way you’re going to capture all the surface dust in each room.
Start from the top of your tables, desks, cabinets, bookshelves, windows and everything else and gradually move towards the floor. While dusting the higher points, consciously push the dust down so you can collect it with the hoover. Then, finish up by vacuuming your floors.
7. Buy the right dust removal tools
Let’s talk about dusting tools first. The key to capturing dust on surfaces is microfibre dusting cloths. They work much better at attracting and holding dust and won’t just spread it around like cotton rags or paper towels will. You can find microfibre cloths in cleaning supplies stores and even automotive supplies shops, but make sure you buy washable ones rather than disposables.
When it comes to cleaning the higher points of the room, don’t be tempted to use a feather duster. They just aggravate dust and will lead it to settle elsewhere. Feather dusters are only ideal for cleaning when you’re really pushed for time. Also, make sure you use an ostrich feather duster because they gather dust better than other types of feathers.
As mentioned in tip 3, take advantage of vacuum cleaners with built-in HEPA (high-efficiency particle) filters and cyclonic suction technology. They are excellent for trapping even the smallest pieces of dust and can be used on any type of flooring. Some of these high-tech vacuums also come with handy attachments for removing dust from your furniture, so be sure to shop around.
8. Vacuum your upholstered furniture
Once you’ve finished vacuuming your floors, give your upholstered furniture a clean. It doesn’t take much extra time to run your vacuum cleaner over your sofas, chairs, ottomans and foot stools. Using your hoover to remove dust and allergens from your furniture will make a big difference to your home, as well as any allergy sufferers who come to visit or live in your house. Depending on the type of vacuum cleaner you have, you can run it over your curtains and other soft furnishings too.
9. Go hunting for dust bunnies
Not sure what dust bunnies are? They’re small clumps of dust that are really good at forming ad hiding in those less obvious areas of your home. Then one day, bam! They come out of hiding and you’re left wondering where the filthy creeps came from. You’ll need to go hunting for dust bunnies because they will be in places that often get neglected including:
- Under low pieces of furniture
- Behind your TV stand where the cables sit
- Under or behind appliances
- In the corners of a room
- In the pleats of curtains and lampshades
Not only does getting rid of them sooner rather than later make your home less dusty but it also saves you getting frustrated when they appear (which is usually not long after you’ve finished dusting). Plus, when you start paying attention to dust bunnies, you’ll be able to keep your home cleaner for longer.
10. Get an air purifier
You won’t be able to spot them, but dust particles move around by floating through the air until they find a nice place to settle. By adding an air purifier to your home, lots of these particles will be sucked up before getting the chance to settle anywhere. In turn, you’ll reduce the accumulation of dust on surfaces and the air in your home will be more pleasant.
These days, air purifiers come in all shapes, sizes and designs and it’s recommended that you place them in your most-used rooms. You’ll still need to dust your home regularly, though, because air purifiers are only designed to remove unwanted dust (as well as smoke particles, dander, pollen and moulds) from the air. However, they’ll certainly help to create a healthier and cleaner environment.
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