Dust is such a nuisance, but cannot be avoided inside the home. Before I am going to tell you the most efficient ways to get rid of these little motes, you need to know and understand where the dust is actually coming from. We have talked to an expert to get to the bottom of how dust can collect in every room of the home and what cleaning techniques work the best to reduce dust inside the home.
How Does Dust Develop and why is my house so dusty?
Dust is a collection of very small particles in the air. We can separate them into organic and inorganic. The organic particles are being produced by humans and pets living inside the home. To further explain, the human skin regenerates itself every 27 days. The dead skin cells fall off and are carried up in the air. Further, pet hair, pollen, or fine hair particles also have a part in producing dust.
The inorganic particles of dust come from textile fibers as well as fine dust from the outside. Our clothes, shoes, and hair carry all the exterior dust particles inside the home combining with the household produced dust particles. In addition, wherever dust exists, small microorganisms such as dust mites spring to life. This can cause allergies for some people.
General Preventive Tips against Dust
Indeed, dust is such a nuisance, but a natural part of our lives. Besides a good cleaning, some preventive measures are necessary to avoid an excessive collection of dust inside the home:
- Regular fresh air from the outside (open the windows)
- Get an air cleaner if you live in highly polluted areas
- Regular clean textile furniture such a cushions, sofas, chairs
- Adequate humidity is a must, do not let too much dry air accumulate
- Ivy plants, ferns, or orchids are great dust absorbents. Have them inside your home to reduce dust.
- Carpets love dust, opt for tile to have less dust inside the home
Dusting once a week is highly recommended
TIPS TO SUCCESSFULLY CLEAN AWAY DUST
Regular dusting is very important. Here are tips of how you even catch the smallest dust particle:
Dust Tip 1: Dusting with a Damp or Dry Cloth?
- Use always a wet cloth to do dusting as otherwise the dust spreads elsewhere but is actually not removed
- An anti-static microfiber cloth is just like a magnet to collect the dust particles.
- Never make the cloth too wet as it will damage sensitive furniture surfaces very easily
- Make sure that you wash out the cloth from time to time with clear water.
- Use cotton cloths over microfiber on sensitive furniture. Microfiber can damage the surface
- Always start from top to bottom as otherwise, the upper dust might whirl around in the air
Dust Tip 2: Use Vacuum Cleaner only for Floors!
- A vacuum cleaner is not suitable to do furniture dusting
- Vacuum only the floors including difficult to reach corners and underneath furniture prior mopping the floor
- During vacuum the dust away, too many particles whirl up making it less effective to get rid of all of them.
Dust Tip 3: Do Dusting with open Windows
- While dusting, leave the windows open to let the whirled up dust out.
- The same goes for vacuum as well. The airflow pulls most of the dust to the outside
- Remember to clean the windows as well as dust can also easily accumulate here.
Dust Tip 4: Tap out upholstery, bed sheets, carpets thoroughly
- Every 2-3 months shake out all the dust from sofas, carpets, cushions, and curtains with a carpet/rug beater
- Of course, do this on the open and not inside the house
- This method will get rid of all the deep sitting dust
Dust Tip 5: The Right Sequence of Dusting is Important
- A Swiffer telescopic long-reach Duster is perfect to even reach the most remote corners to remove spider webs
- Next, start to dust the ceiling including all the lights
- Now, the most sensitive surface should be dusted in this step.
- Finally, start with the rest of the interior moving always downwards from the top.
Safety Warning: Always use solid ladders instead of chairs to reduce accidents!
Dust Tip 6: Microfiber Cloths can scratch furniture
- Never use a dry microfiber cloth for dusting on furniture
- The rougher texture of the microfiber can collect dirt particles such as fine sand grains
- As a result, a lot of scratch marks can occur
- Choose a soft cotton cloth instead of a microfiber one for cleaning
Alternatives to Dusting Cloths
- You can buy some special disposable cloths made especially for sensitive surfaces.
- They work without moisture and a dry dusting is not a problem
- The disadvantage is that after one use you need to throw them away. Not so good for the environment
- Due to their electrostatic properties, the dust adheres well to the disposable cloths
- Get a feather duster made out of ostrich or geese feathers
- Do not buy cheap synthetic dusters as they are no help and do not work
- Due to the natural properties, the feather dusters can bind dust very well
- Suitable for TV or computer monitor
- Natural Feathers do not become electromagnetically charged
- For complex surfaces such as plants, art decoration
- Easy washable in the washing machine
- Nice grip for in-detail cleaning
2 COMMON MYTHS ABOUT DUSTING BUSTED:
- Curtains are NOT the biggest Dust Catchers: They might get darker over time, but look at your tv screen and you will see how much dust accumulates there compared to the curtains
- Dust is Not useless: Without dust, our world would become out of balance! The pollen particles are needed to pollinate the flowers. Also, without dust, no cloud formation would occur and therefore we would have no rain, no plants, no life on earth!
- Indoor Plants do NOT produce more dust: Actually, plants will help to reduce dust, so you are good to keep some plants inside your home
A FINAL WORD
As you can see, once you understand more about where dust is coming from and follow our dust tips, it is actually very easy to have a dust-free home.