Dust Proof Your Home

Aside from wanting your home to look and feel neat and clean, keeping the dust out of your home is also important to keeping allergies under control.

More and more studies are showing these days that keeping your home as free as possible of dust can be an important factor in reducing allergens in the air you breathe throughout your home, thus reducing allergy and asthma symptoms.

While dust and pollen naturally enters your home, microscopic insect-like creatures called dust mites are actually enemy number one; as many as 42,000 mites can live in a single ounce of dust!

Dust mites feed on the skin that humans shed and are problematic in humid climates; a dust mite can’t survive in conditions where humidity is less than 50 percent.

Dust mites leave tiny droppings that can cause asthma, eczema and allergy symptoms in sensitized people who breathe these droppings. Dust mites thrive in a home in places like bedding, carpeting, upholstered furniture and clothing.

So, aside from cleaning and dusting regularly, what things can you do to make your home dust proof?

Read on to learn the top ten dust proofing tips!

  1. Simplify Window Treatments – Heavy fabric curtains and drapes are dust magnets, so try replacing them with modern window blinds or shutters. If you like the look of curtains or drapes, try to use washable fabrics like plain cotton or synthetic fabric.
  2. Wash Bedding Weekly – Rotate and wash bed linens at least once a week, washing your sheets in water that is at least 130 degrees Fahrenheit. Another thought is to use allergen covers on your bed mattresses and box springs.
  3. Replace Filters and Clean Ducts – The forced air heating and air conditioning system in your home is a natural trap for dust. You should regularly replace the filters (about every 90 days) and have your ducts cleaned once a year; Spring is a great time since you’ve been using the heater all Winter and dust will have built up in the ductwork.
  4. Clean the Closets – Closets also harbor dust since things sit inside closets for long periods, collecting it freely! Try to store your stuff in plastic containers or bags so that you can remove them more easily to vacuum and clean dust inside closets. Also, keep out-of-season clothing in cloth bags where they can breathe without collecting so much dust.
  5. Beat Rugs, Pillows and Cushions – All furniture upholstery, pillows, area rugs, etc. collect dust, so take them outside and beat them periodically to shake out the dust. You can also try tumbling pillows in your clothes dryer to fluff them up and rid them of dust.
  6. Avoid Too Much Upholstery – If you purchase furniture with leather, wood or vinyl materials instead of heavy fabric upholstery, you can avoid a lot of dust from collecting in your home in the first place!
  7. Air Filtration System – Another way to remove dust from your home is by installing an air filtration system. You can also use the fan setting on your thermostat and letting the air filter through your HVAC system while you are cleaning. It is not recommended that you run the fan only for a prolonged period of time as it may harm the system, but running it this way for an hour or so at a time while cleaning the house generally won’t hurt.
  8. Use a Good Vacuum System – The main way to keep dust out of your carpets and rugs is to use a vacuum cleaner or central vacuum system that not only has enough suction but also a powerful enough agitator to really get the dust out of the carpet. Don’t use an attachment with a beater bar or agitator on your delicate rugs, wood, wood laminate or vinyl floors though or you may damage the flooring or handmade rug and will only be unsettling more dust. If possible, use a vacuum equipped with a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) or small-particle filter.
  9. Dust Grabbers, Not Movers – when dusting your home, use something dust really sticks to like a Swiffer or Grab-It cloth. Most feather dusters and mops will only push dust around without collecting it. You can also use a slightly damp cloth for dusting.
  10. Replace Wall to Wall Carpets – When remodeling or choosing new flooring, you can always reduce dust by opting for anything other than carpeting. Installing wood, bamboo, vinyl linoleum, tile, stone or other hard, smooth flooring materials go a long way toward making your home dust proof!

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