Dust is something that inevitably accumulates in our homes, but we can combat it, and reduce the amount of dust on flat surfaces, floors, and in fabrics and fibers. Take these five steps to reduce dust, and properly remove it when it does appear, and you'll save yourself a lot of extra housework, as well as keep allergies at bay.
Before I begin sharing these five methods for reducing the amount of dust in your home I want to address those arguments I'm sure you've heard about how a little dust isn't a big deal. Well, for most people a little dust isn't a big deal, and I'm definitely not advocating using enough energy to try to eradicate every dust particle in your home. Just thinking about all that effort makes me tired. But when you know what dust is made up of -- including dead skin, pet dander, dust mites, their feces and remains, insect parts, and more -- yuck, you don't want a lot of it around.
In addition, while small amounts of dust aren't necessarily a huge deal (unless you've got dust allergies for example), dust isn't healthy, for anyone. Everyone breathes better in a home that isn't so dusty, because even for those without allergies dust acts as an irritant to your eyes, nose and lungs. In addition, along with not looking pleasant on surfaces, dust also negatively impacts many items in your home, including clogging up vents in electronics such as your computer, or your refrigerator coils. So here's how to get rid of it in your home.
In addition to vacuuming carpeting, you should also vacuum hard floors, instead of just dust mopping or sweeping them. Vacuuming removes more dust than these other methods. Further, don't forget to also vacuum upholstered furniture. Anything with fibers, such as upholstery, carpeting, draperies, etc. are a place for dust to cling and then stay, so you've got to vacuum these spots thoroughly and regularly to remove it. That's why if you have extremely bad dust allergies doctors recommend completely getting rid of carpet, since it holds onto a lot more dust than hard floors.
Dust Regularly (And Correctly)
And to settle the age old debate, you should clean your home, including removing dust, starting at the top and then working down to the bottom. Also, dust first and then vacuum. Doing these cleaning steps in this order will help you work with gravity, and remove the most dust by letting it settle back onto the lower surfaces for easier cleaning and removal.
Wash Bedding Regularly
Change Air Filters As Recommended
Of course, even the most expensive and advanced air filters will only work as long as they're changed out regularly. There comes a point when they're so full of dust air can't flow properly through them anymore and it's long past time to switch to a new one. Make sure to read the instructions on the filter you choose and follow the recommendations for the time intervals for switching these out, so they can do their job and reduce the dust in your home as intended.