Out dust spot, out I say!

dusting tipsKeeping a home dust-free takes a serious commitment and a strategy of housekeeping that addresses dust and what causes it to multiply. You may be motivated by having a clean home or by removing allergens to lessen the suffering of a family member. No matter your motivation the process will be worth it.

  • Aim to dust twice a week. Start with items closest to the ceiling and work your way down toward the baseboards. Work on blinds, pictures frames and anything else that is mounted or extends from the wall.
  • Use microfiber cloths rather than feather dusters. Microfiber has a slight electrostatic charge that will collect the dust particles rather than spread them around.
  • Look over and/or change your heating and A/C filters on a monthly basis. A clean filter will remove more particles than a clogged one. You may find using HEPA-type filters will improve your air quality thus reducing your dust accumulation.
  • Keep an eye on your vacuum cleaner bag also. Using a HEPA-rated bag or even changing it when its close to full will keep down the dust also.
  • Run your vacuum at least once a week over the floors. Use your available attachments to also vacuum your furniture. Move appliances from the wall, if you can, and clean behind them every 6 months.
  • If allergens are your enemy, remove your carpet, drapes and upholstered furniture which collect dust. Replace with tile or hardwood flooring.
  • Keeping your windows closed tight and with a good caulk seal will keep dust out also.
  • If possible, wash your pillows and your comforters on a regular basis, perhaps once a month.
  • Regular water can be your friend. Not only is it environmentally friendly, it will collect the dust well.
  • If you live in a drier climate, using a humidifier can help eliminate static which attracts and holds onto dust.
  • And lastly, using an air purifier will help to capture indoor pollutants and dust. Make sure to get one with a Good Housekeeping rating or equivalent.

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