Keeping your home dust-free is a matter of discipline and a bit of timed effort. Dusting is the number one headache of house cleaning. A chore most people dread.
With a few tips followed, keeping your home dust-free can be a mission that can be accomplished.
1. Strict Shoes-Off Policy
Having a strict shoe-off policy in your home will keep dust and allergens at bay and checking in at the door. Having a box of red socks available for guests and family members will help keep the outdoor dust from shoes being dragged into the house. Red socks will make it easy to return the socks to the box after washing. Eastern cultures have figured this out and to this day follow it.
Outdoor dust brought into the house comprises dry leaves, grass clippings, mud, sand and gravel among other dirty materials.
Dusting Fido’s and Rover’s feet off on the front porch with a small brush will reduce dust and dirt after walks.
2. Pay attention to dust on bed sheets
Imagine how much dust your bedsheets collect? We are rolling around in our bed for 8 hours every day and shedding dead skin cells on it. Not to mention the dust suspended in the air that settles on the bed. Then we wake up and make our beds leave for work. Every day repeats. Disgusting what we are sleeping on. Right?
We should wash sheets in hot water at least weekly.
Pillows (follow manufacturer’s instructions) are then tossed into the washer every quarter. While decorative pillows are vacuum hosed every quarter or less depending on time and energy available.
3. Air Filter Care
Most HVAC manufacturers recommend you change the air filter in your home every three months. But, if your house is prone to dust, or if someone is allergic to it, change the filters more often. Weekly practice of vacuuming the air filter will extend the life of the filter and reduce the discharge of dust into the home. This dust often suspends in the air that we breathe or settle back on surfaces.
Dust is made up of human skin, animal fur, decomposing insects, food debris, lint and organic fibers from clothes and bedding, dirt and cooking debris. Your air filter is your first and best defense against all that stuff.
Unless someone in your home has respiratory problems, you can get away with using inexpensive filters and changing them every 30 days.
4. Be a minimalist
Dust does not discriminate. It will settle on any available surface. If you have a lot of stuff that not regularly used, the dust will never leave. This includes books, knick-knacks, and decorative items. To store and display them, we use shelves and flat surfaces. Now, we have just increased the space for dust traps.
Consider giving away anything you have not used in a year. Analyze without emotion or attachment and prepare a Goodwill box. This itself will reduce space for dust to settle. Fewer things will allow fewer dust traps. Fewer things to clean.
Don’t forget your closet Storing out of season clothes in plastic with tight-fitting lids will greatly reduce dust that collects for months at a time without attention.
5. How to Prevent Dust? Vacuum.
The general rule of thumb: Vacuum sofas, chairs and other furniture once a month at the least. High-traffic areas every other day. Bedrooms every week. Vacuum your drapes and blinds every month if you do not have a professional cleaning company on a recurring schedule.
We can easily miss hidden areas. You should run the vacuum under the beds, for example. That’s where crumbs, pet dander, lint, and dust mites can build up.
Consider using an ostrich feather duster and microfiber cloths to dust with. Avoid paper towels. Microfiber traps dust and keeps it from spreading.
Hoping that we have answered your question, how to prevent dust. If you would like to request a professional cleaning, contact us for a free quote.