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The Best Ways to Deal with Dust

Everyone knows what dust looks like.

Dust is more than an annoyance.

While we have been dealing with dust for centuries, we are only beginning to realize the real health impacts of dust. Even in small quantities, there are reasons to believe that dust can impact our respiratory health and overall well-being. It can aggravate asthma, cause allergic reactions, and even lead to the growth of dust mites. Dust and debris removal is not just important for households, it’s also vital to industries of all types.

So, how can you remove dust from your home?

Use these simple steps as an overall strategy and you’ll have cleaner air with fewer dust particles.

woman cleaning dust with microfiber cloth

Clean With Microfiber Products

One of the best ways to deal with household dust is to always use a microfiber cloth when cleaning. Use your microfiber products to clean blinds, ceiling fans, floors, and many other surfaces all through the home. Microfiber cloths hold dust on the rag so it won’t fall back to the surface. Other rags do little more than just spread it around. Microfibers can be used to clean your home, and if they are machine washable, you can run them through the wash and leave them out to dry. However, you should never use bleach or fabric softener on these products.

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Replace Furnace Filters

The filter for your furnace is meant to keep the interior components clean, but by trapping dust, it also helps reduce the amount of air pollution in your indoor air. While standard fiberglass filters protect the furnace from large dust particles, it does almost nothing to stop the small particles of dust that improve your indoor air quality. Pleated filters are much better at giving you reliable filtration, and they come with a decent price. These filters can actually trap as much as 95% of particles, making them a great choice for your furnace.

Vacuum Frequently

One of the most important steps for cleaning dust is regular vacuuming. It’s essential that you vacuum high-volume areas weekly (if not more often) and make sure the rest of the carpeting and rugs are vacuumed about once a week as well. For the best results, make numerous passes from different angles over the same area, and used vacuums that have HEPA filters to trap the smallest dust contaminants. Homes with allergy sufferers may want to upgrade to a sealed-body vacuum or central vacuum system, which is even more effective at removing dust because the air that is expelled from the vacuum passes through a HEPA filter.

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Wash Blankets, Bedding, and Drapes Regularly

Many of the fabrics in your home act as collectors of dust, but you can keep the home cleaner and remove annoying dust by frequently washing these items. Blankets, pillows, slipcovers, and drapes should all be washed about twice a year, depending on how much dust your home tends to collect. Drapes and shades are culprits of dust collection, so machine wash these items to keep them clean.

Take Off Your Shoes

Most of the dust in your home comes from outside sources like dirt and sand. (Not skin cells as is commonly assumed.) If you consider all the areas where you walk throughout the day, you’ll realize that removing your shoes should be a priority. Removing shoes and adding door mats can go a long way to ensuring your home has less air pollution. A coarse-fiber doormat on the outside can also be part of your dust-reduction strategy.

Beat and Shake Your Rugs

We just discussed how you should use rugs both on the outside and inside of your doors. You may have rugs in the home to enhance the interior design. These rugs can easily collect a lot of dust, and while vacuuming will help, the best way to remove dug-in dust is to take them outside and give them an old-fashioned shake. You can also hang them from a line and hit them with a broom handle to remove all of that dust; you’ll be amazed at how much dust falls from your rugs!

Change Bedding Weekly

Your bed might be the coziest spot in your home, but it’s also a major distributor of dust. While you sleep, bedding will collect skin flakes and will also shed its own fibers; every time you roll around in bed, you’re releasing a small amount of dust. This is especially problematic when you think about how much time you spend in the bedroom. You’re likely breathing a lot of dust! To combat this problem, change your sheets, pillow covers, and blankets weekly. If something can’t be machine washed, take them outside and give it a good shaking.

air purifier for dust removal

Use an Air Purifier

If you have an effective air purifier for removing dust in your home, you’ll have cleaner, healthier air all through the house. Placed in a single room, an air purifier will pull in air and filter out many of the worst air pollutants, including allergens, dust, pollen, pet dander, and more. While they won’t relieve you of all the dusting chores you need to complete, air cleaners for dust removal are an important part for maintaining a healthy home with few dust particles.

Clean Top to Bottom

While all cleaning is helpful, if you want to get the most from your efforts you need to strategize. One of the strategies you should use is to clean from the top to the bottom. If you start cleaning from the bottom, you’ll really just stir dust around; you won’t effectively remove it. However, if you clean from the top, starting with tall shelves and working your way down to the floor, all of the dust will be stirred downward. Finish with a thorough vacuuming and you’ll not just stir the particles, you’ll remove them from your home.

Don’t Forget to Clean Your Plants

Clean the plants? You wouldn’t think about dusting your household greenery, but plants can collect dust just like any surface space. And because they rely on sunlight for their health, dust can block their main source of energy. Leaves accumulate dust, so take plants outside and gently spray each leaf with compressed air and then wipe them down with a damp cloth. By cleaning the plants, you’ll keep them healthy while reducing dust in the home.

Dust Mop the Hardwood and Tile

Sweeping is good for removing large items on the floor, but if you want to get rid of tiny dust particles, you need to break out the mop. A wet mop is one of the most effective tools for collecting dust. When you ring out the mop, you’ll see ugly grey water running down the drain; it might look gross, but just think about how much dust is being removed from the floors!

Have the Air Ducts Cleaned

Air vents will slowly build a collection of dust and can even develop a layer of grime. A professional cleaning, however, will remove dust particles and ensure that your air is less dusty. This is also a good maintenance step for dealing with dust, and it helps keep your furnace and A/C system running properly.

On Windy Days, Shut the Windows

If the winds are blowing, it can push a lot of dust into your home, especially if you live in a dry, arid environment. While the clean air may seem refreshing, you should keep the windows closed on windy days in order to keep the dust from contaminating your home.

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Browse our full selection or air purifiers and you’ll find the right purifier for dealing with dust in your home!