Sometimes the battle with household dust can seem never-ending. Not only does dust built up on surfaces make them look unsightly, but it can also make your home especially uncomfortable for those who suffer from dust allergies or mild respiratory illnesses such as asthma. Fortunately, by engaging in practices such as regular dusting and vacuuming, duct cleaning and decluttering, you can mitigate and in some cases eliminate dust in your home. Read on to learn more about how you can dust-proof your home.
Get Rid of Carpet Flooring
For most, the decision to remove carpets in the home in favour of hardwood flooring is usually due to aesthetic preferences rather than practicalities. However, not many people know that eliminating carpets in your home is actually a great way to reduce dust build-ups. Carpets can harbour a high amount of dust and particles that are then released into the air every time you take steps on the floor. Alternative floorings such as hardwood, stone or vinyl are not only great choices from a design perspective, but can also go a long way to helping you eliminate dust in your home.
Consider Having Your Ducts Cleaned
An often neglected area of the home is the duct system. Homeowners regularly underestimate the number of particles, debris, dust and harmful pollutants that can build up in their duct systems, which are then circulated throughout their home. Duct cleaning is a great way to minimise the amount of dust in the home. Besides helping to eliminate dust, a thorough duct cleaning has also been shown to improve the health of those who suffer from seasonal allergies and asthma as well as improve the overall indoor air quality of your home.
Install an Air Purifier
In the past, air-purifying devices were nothing more than useless gadgets that didn’t really do much to improve the indoor air quality of a room. However, technology has improved in recent years and most air purifiers on the market now have shown to markedly increase indoor air quality and cut down on dust build-up. Combining the installation of an air purifier with regular duct cleaning is an effective combination that can remove dust in a matter of days while preventing dust from building up again.
The accumulation of clutter not only takes up an unnecessary amount of room in the home, but also gives dust more surfaces to cling to. Clutter can also make general cleaning tasks such as vacuuming and dusting much harder than they need to be. Paring down your belongings and unused items can give you more room and make your house look neater as well as help reduce dust accumulation, as the dust will simply have fewer surfaces to grip to.
Use Damp Dusting
Damp dusting is the practice of using a slightly damp cloth in order to wipe dust off surfaces. Most homeowners are unaware that dusting with a dry cloth or feather duster will actually spread dust around or remove it from the surface temporarily until it falls from the air back onto the surface. Damp dusting and mopping are great ways to capture and hold dust so it can then be easily disposed of or rinsed down the drain.