Dust is inescapable.
It’s a combination of skin cells, fabric bits, mites and decomposing bug particles, and not only is it nasty, but it can also trigger allergies.
While dust is unavoidable, there are certain things you can do to keep it from building up. Incorporate these simple steps to your cleaning routine and create a healthier home for you and your family:
Nab the dust
• Consistently dust using a microfibre or electrostatic cloth, which will attract dust like a magnet. Opt for microfiber dusters with extendable handles to reach for dust in hard-to-reach spots like the blinds or ceiling fans.
• Also, use a microfibre dust mop on wood floors daily or weekly to keep dust from building up. Opt for a damp mop on tile floors.
• Now that you’ve nabbed any visible dust, pick up stray dust bunnies and keep dust from building up with the help of your vacuum. Be sure to vacuum carpeted floors, upholstered furniture, and even draperies several times a month. Even though you can’t see the dust on these items, it’s definitely there.
• Remember to empty the vacuum canister and change the bag regularly.
• Combat dusty countertops and appliances by wiping them down several times each week. Also, spray dust repelling cleaner on wood surfaces to help keep dust from building up.
Simplify and clear clutter
• The more stuff you have, the more dust you’ll have.
• Keep dust from building up by donating any unused furniture or toys to a local church or charity.
• Protect prized artwork, shoes, and purses by storing them in plastic bins or under glass. Also, zip up off-season clothing in vacuum bags to limit shedding.
Invest in throw rugs
• Prevent dust from building up by placing throw rugs near entryways. They’ll capture most of the dirt entering your home from outside and from your shoes.
• Carpet may be soft and cuddly, but it isn’t the best tool when it comes to preventing dust from building up. If you choose carpet, select a shorter pile.
• It’s much easier to keep dust under control when dealing with wood, acrylic, and plastic surfaces. Invest in a vacuum that uses water filtration system, so that dust is removed and not re-circulated back into your home.
Check your weatherproofing
• If you’re devoutly cleaning your house daily only to be left with piles of dust, it’s time to keep dust under control by checking the seals around windows and doors. This will ensure you’re not allowing dust in from the garage or from outdoors.
Janice Anderssen is Women24's Décor & DIY expert. Click here to ask her a question.