As it turns out, my home is not as dust-free as I thought. Recently I invited some friends over and of course, I cleaned the house before they came. I thought the house looked pretty great until I noticed a sunray filled with floating dust particles! Even after I dusted! So, I decided to do a little research to see how I could cut down on dust in my home. Although there is no such thing as a completely dust-free home, these tips will absolutely help cut down on the dust.
Add Some Filters
To cut down on dust in your home, add some filters. There are lots of ways to accomplish this. Whether you buy a vacuum with a hepa filter, buy a stand-alone air purifier, or add a filtration system to your heater, any of these will help to cut down on dust in the home.
Cut Down On Fabric
Dust collects on soft surfaces so cut down on fabric in your house if possible. If you are in the market for new window treatments, choose blinds or shutters instead of drapes. Getting new flooring? Hard surface flooring will dramatically reduce the amount of dust in your house. It is very difficult to permanently remove dust from carpeting. Cut down on the number of stuffed animals in your children’s rooms (if possible). Throw blankets and pillow look great, but if you are serious about a dust-free home, you might want to limit the amount.
Run The Washing Machine
Of course we cannot eliminate all the fabric in our house. However, we can take care not to let the dust build up in these soft materials. The best way to do this is by washing bedding, throw blankets, pillows, etc… regularly. If possible, wash and dry on the high setting.
Let the Sunlight In
A study on Healio discovered that allowing the sunlight to stream in your home diminishes the number of bacteria in the dust in your home. Does it make your home dust-free? No, but it does make it a healthier one. So open those curtains or blinds and let the sun in!
Dust-Free equals Dust Often
The best way to keep your home as dust-free as possible is to dust often. Don’t let the dust get a chance to settle and build up! The best way to dust your home is to start at the top and work your way down. Don’t forget ceiling fans, walls and corners, and baseboards. Use materials that will pick up the dust, not just move it around. Try microfiber cleaning cloths and use a dusting spray on furniture. After dusting, vacuum and mop floors to pick up any additional dust that landed on the floor.
Unfortunately, your home will never be absolutely and completely dust-free, but hopefully, these tips help you in the fight against dust!