By far the most time-consuming cleaning task you will encounter is dusting. And although it’s impossible to completely eliminate the need to dust, there are some practical steps you can take to significantly reduce its impact so you spend less time dusting and more time enjoying life.
Here Are 9 Tips to Keep the Dust at Bay:
- Change your HVAC’s filters – Dust travels via air so ensuring your home’s air filtration system is free of dust and debris is vital. Regularly changing your HVAC’s air filter will ensure dust isn’t being circulated throughout your home. Ideally, you should change your filters at least every 3 months but changing them more frequently will only help further.
- Keep Windows Closed – Contrary to popular belief, opening the windows to get some fresh air actually brings the dust in, not out. Pollen, mold spores, and airborne pollutants all enter while the windows are open creating dust buildup, which you can see on the windowsills of your home. Keeping the windows closed, especially when it’s windy, will help keep your home dust-free.
- Say Goodbye to Carpeting – If possible, get rid of carpeting in your home. Carpeting holds an awful lot of dust and every time you take a step it’s released into the air. Replacing your carpeting with tile, vinyl, or wood flooring will make a large difference in the dust level.
- Wash Bedding Frequently – Dust mites love to live in your bed sheets, pillows, and mattresses, feeding on dead skin cells that you shed naturally while sleeping. Regularly washing and changing your bedding will keep them at bay, and give you peace of mind.
- Regular Dusting – Always use microfiber when dusting your home. Microfiber towels are positively charged while dust is negatively charged. In other words, dust literally sticks to microfiber like a magnet! And when you dust, work methodically, room by room dusting from high to low, allowing dust to settle on the ground rather than on already cleaned surfaces. You should aim to dust at least once a month to keep it under control.
- Install an Air Purifier – Running an air purifier will help remove airborne particles in your home’s air that contribute to the dust level in your home. Look for an air purifier that contains a HEPA filter, which removes up to 99.97% of airborne particles.
- Use Doormats – Every time someone enters your home they track dirt particles throughout the house. Investing in quality interior and exterior doormats will trap the dirt and prevent it from traveling further into your home. Exterior doormats with bristles will provide the best trapping for the dirt on bottoms of shoes.
- Install a humidifier – Static electricity, which builds up within your home when it’s too dry, attracts dust like a magnet. Installing a humidifier (either a whole house model or a room-size version) will solve this and keep the static down. Ideally you should aim for relative humidity levels of 40 to 50% throughout your home.
- Regular Vacuuming – If getting rid of carpeting isn’t a option for you, a quality vacuum that contains a HEPA filter will be your best friend. Regularly vacuuming your carpets, door and kitchen mats, upholstery, and curtains will make an immediate, noticeable difference in your home. Ideally you should vacuum your home once a week.