Cleaning Dust

by Karen Bates
(last updated June 2, 2014)

Dust, it seems, is a part of life. Even if you do your best to stay on top of the mess and prevent it from coming back, you are likely to find it building up on the surfaces in your home whether you like it or not. Although you can't stop dust from coming back forever, fortunately there are steps you can take to reduce the amount of dust in your home.

For some, dust is just a minor inconvenience, but in some cases it can trigger health problems. Asthma, allergies, and other respiratory issues can be agitated by dust and particles in the home. If you or any of your family members have health problems that could be worsened by dust, it is especially vital that you are able to keep the amount of dust in your home under control.

To get rid of dusty problems, there are some steps you can follow to reduce and remove dust that builds up on your home's surfaces. Try the following to clean and prevent dust:

  • Be sure that fabrics prone to collecting dust get washed on a regular basis. Drapes, bedding, clothes, and other textiles should be washed in hot water to clean dust and kill mites.
  • The air filter in your home might not be as clean as you think. During some times of the year, you will need to clean or replace it monthly. Check the filter to ensure it isn't clogged up by dust and debris.
  • Be sure to vacuum any carpeted areas of your home often. Because dust can build up in the carpet fibers, removing this dirty layer is an important step in reducing allergens in your home.
  • Dust around your home often. You can use a regular duster, but a micro fiber cloth may be able to pick up dust more easily.
  • Sweep hard flooring daily to rid the surface of dust and dirt before it has a chance to build up and cause problems.
  • Vacuum attachments, a broom, or a duster can help remove dust in hard to reach spots.
  • Check the air vents in your home for dusty build up. If they seem to be dirty, hire a professional air duct cleaner to suck debris from the ducts.

Dust around the house can seem hard to keep under control, but if you dust often and take other cleaning steps your house will stay clean and tidy.

Author Bio

Karen Bates

An English student who enjoys writing and art, Karen has had her poetry published in her university's literary journal and has several novels in the works. ...

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