Simple Ways to Prevent Dust
by Lee Wyatt
(last updated December 26, 2016)
Have you ever noticed just how quickly dust can buildup in the home? This dust buildup will make your home not only look dirty, but it can also wreak havoc with those who suffer from allergies. While you may not be able to completely stop dust from entering your home, there are some simple ways to prevent dust from building up. All you really need to do is use a couple of these methods, and you will notice a dramatic decrease in the amount of dust that you see in your home. If you use all of them, you may end up thinking that you have no dust at all.
- Vacuum. Carpet loves to trap dust, and other types of allergens. When this happens and someone walks across the carpet you can easily end up spreading dust to other areas of the home. By regularly vacuuming all the carpeted areas in your home you will remove most of the dust particles, and thereby reducing the amount of overall dust in your home.
- Cleaners. When you do dust the wood furniture and other items in your home, make sure that you use a dust repelling cleaner. This will help prevent dust from settling on the wood, and allow it to settle in the carpet where you can vacuum it up. Periodically you will also want to wipe down your counter and stovetops to ensure that you prevent any dust buildup on those surfaces.
- Throw rugs. Place throw rugs or wiping mats in front of all the exterior doors of your home. When people come into the home they can wipe their feet on these rugs, and thereby trap a lot of the materials that help make up dust in the home. Remember to periodically clean these rugs so that you don't spread out the dirt and dust throughout the rest of the home.
- Regular closet cleaning. Due to all the clothing items that are usually kept in a closet, these areas of the home are dust magnets. Without regular cleaning the dust in these areas can easily spread throughout the rest of the home, and make dusting a much more common occurrence. When cleaning the closets, focus primarily on the floors as that is where a majority of the dust will settle.
- Check your filters. Remember to check and change the air filters in your HVAC unit. If the filter is dirty all you will end up doing is spread dust throughout the home, instead of trapping it in the filter.
- Change bedding. Linens such as your bedding can also attract a lot of dust. Remove or limit the amount of dust that come from these sources by changing the bedding on a weekly basis. If you have any table cloths, drapes, or other large cloth items, make sure that they are cleaned regularly as well.
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