How to Minimize Dust in Your Home
December 02, 2020
Dust is something that isn’t a bother until it makes itself known through allergies or layers upon layers of the stuff on your furniture. It’s much more difficult to rid your home of dust than it is to clean it, but we have a few tricks up our sleeves to help you minimize the dust in your home.
As always, there are two main ways to control the amount of dust throughout your spaces: preventative measures and consequential action, or what you do once you notice the issue. Once you understand the sources of dust in your home, you'll realize it won't be hard to keep dust under control. Your family will thank you for it too!
The Effects of Dust
For something so small, dust can cause serious, long-term issues if you let it build up. Tiny particles are everywhere but are much harder to clean when they get into the nooks and crannies of your furniture, electronics, and spaces. Poor dust control can lead to the following:
- Increased allergies for sensitive and healthy groups
- Damage to electronics and appliances
- A shortened lifespan for furniture and carpeting
- Strain on your HVAC system
Your HVAC system does a pretty good job of filtering out particles in the air. Still, it's just not possible to contain every dust particle even with advanced units. Dust control should be a part of your home care.
Dust attracts dust mites, and dust mites love to live in your sheets and mattress. While they don’t cause any direct harm to humans or pets, their excrements can exacerbate health problems for people with asthma or allergies.
Sheets should be washed every week to clear off any dust trapped in between the fibers. Pillows are often the most neglected pieces in the home. If you can, take your pillows to the dry cleaners or wash them by hand.
Your pet may be a ball of joy, but it’s also probably a ball of dust! Whether you have an indoor or outdoor pet, their fur and skin are perfect ingredients for crazy dust allergies. Hypoallergenic breeds are less likely to irritate sensitive individuals. Still, all homeowners can reduce the amount of dust shaken off by your pet with a regular bath schedule.
Your Living Areas
The prime source of dust is not your pet nor your bedroom. It’s your living room. You may be thinking that you can just open some doors and windows to let the dust escape, but unfortunately, that only invites more dust into your home. You can minimize the dust in your living room by:
- Keeping doors and windows closed
- Shaking your rug off outside
- Vacuuming and dusting with a damp dusting tool
- Washing your cushion covers
- Minimizing the number of pillows and blankets you own
If you follow these steps, you will be on your way to a healthier, happier home.