Dust is everywhere; the house you live in, the carpets you walk on and even the air you breathe. Therefore saying that you can completely get rid of dust is an incorrect statement. But if you are allergic to dust, then you don’t really have many options than to either suffer or to control this gradual build-up. No matter how much you try, somehow you will find the dust bunnies sweeping around your house. So the question arises, how to reduce dust in your living spaces?
When it comes to dust, there are very limited options available and chances are you are already using them. The trick is in knowing just how to use them right. So what is the right way to reduce the dust in your home? Read on to find out.
1. Making the Right Choices
The right choices make everything work. Whether it’s your overall lifestyle choice or the options you are taking in for dust control, the right ones will matter. For instance, the more textile you bring in your house, the more dust will settle in. Therefore, removing carpets and opting for flooring will save you on the unwanted dust. Also, the main sources of air, like your windows and air conditioners should be monitored. The windows should be cleaned more often and the filters should be changed to allow less buildup of dust and also to regulate cleaner air flow.
2. Dusting, Cleaning, then Dusting
The biggest mistake that we make while cleaning up dust is using a wet cloth or mop. The wet mop looks like its cleaning more, but if you observe closely, you will see that it’s creating fine lines and more dust is settling on the wet side. The trick is to use a dry duster or mop, then use the slightly dampened one and then end it with a dry clean-up again. For tables, a microfiber cloth works more efficiently as it cleans up the toughest stuff as well, like pet hair for instance.
Vacuuming helps. But not just every vacuum will help you. A high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) vacuum will help you control the dust-buds efficiently. You can use a handheld vacuum also known as a dustbuster to get rid of this dust problem and the fun lies in their ease of use and efficiency. Also, it is important to not only vacuum the whole house but clean the vacuum itself too once you are done cleaning the house. Empty the canister, change the bags and take care of these holy grails.
4. Giving the Necessary Beating
No, you don’t need to beat anyone, just the rugs, and pillows. Take your rugs and pillows on the lawn and give them a good beating every week to allow all the dust to come off. While you must be vacuuming the rugs every day, dust is still one pesky little player that folds itself into all the textile fiber. A stick, broom or even a tennis racket would do the desired beating beautifully.
5. Changes can be Beneficial
Now if your dust problem is out of hand, or you have got someone who is the No.1 target of these dust allergies, cut them some slack and opt for some heavy changes. Leather, wood, acrylic will become their best friends and won’t leave any place for the dust to hide. Also, be sure to give your closet some time too. Your clothes are a big dust carrier too and must be cleaned, washed and dried properly.
Lastly, you know your living place far better than anyone, so if you suspect a dust-buddy, be sure to either kick it out or give it a cleanup.