We get it: Getting rid of dust is a never-ending war. Dust allergy ensures that your sinuses are aware of dirt in your home or office building at all times. Your heating and cooling system will fare better than your sinuses, thanks to hydraulic separators, but your washing machine and refrigerator may sustain damage from built-up dirt.
So, how do you stop dust buildups from forming under your couch, and how do you get rid of them when they’re there? Read on to find out.
Stop Dirt From the Get-Go
Doormats and smart design will reduce the amount of dust that will enter your home. Keeping your door closed or installing dust screens in your windows will also tone down the dust levels in your home. Set out slippers for your family and visitors at the entrance to stop dusty footwear from roaming around your home.
Dust can also accumulate in your closets, beds, and other surprising places. Keep closets tidy with garment bags and place clothes in clear plastic containers. Beddings should be changed often to get rid of dust that can affect your sleep, and when you dust off your pillows, the same should be done for rugs and couch cushions.
Choose the Right Tool
Choosing the right tool is half a cleaning job. Vacuums work for carpet floors and walls, a brush and microfiber cloth can get stubborn dirt out of corners, and a bag of baking soda can get rid of dust and other pollutants from soft toys like teddy bears. Slightly damp mops and microfiber cloths will sop up the filth from spots behind appliances and between vents just fine.
Prevent Spores from Spreading
Mold and mildew are fungi that love moist places. The most benign thing mold can do is contribute to dust in your home—the worst is that its spores can be life threatening if not cleaned up. Luckily, you can stop mold by disinfecting spaces that are often damp, such as bathrooms, spaces under AC units, and crawl spaces, as well as maintaining furniture covered by fabric or made from wood.
Effective cleaning of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning ducts can improve your home’s indoor air quality. Air sweeping is a thorough cleaning method that uses a power vacuum and brushes to completely remove dust from your vents. Contact cleaning uses high velocity vacuums to lift great loads of debris and contaminants from your system.
Dust mite allergies are not fun at all. An effective way to get rid of these critters is to use a steam cleaner for your carpets and furniture. Steam cleaners use heat and water to take out dust mites, bacteria, bed bugs, and fleas from the deepest nooks and crannies of your home without the use of any chemicals or toxins.
Cleaning is a great way to keep your household healthy. Getting rid of allergens and harmful pollutants are one aspect of it; physical exercise is another. Doling out chores to your kids also helps them develop their sense of responsibility and housekeeping skills. Make cleaning a habit to avoid house-related troubles later.