Dust indoors is a problem that affects the health of your family and home. Some people think that dust is just fine and that it’s just in the air, but that’s not true. The dust you see on surfaces and in corners is not just a nuisance or an aesthetic issue. It’s also a health hazard. It’s an invisible threat that when inhaled, can cause asthma, allergies, and other breathing problems, and it can contribute to heart disease as well. It can also cause eye and skin irritation.
According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), particulate matter, also known as PM or particle pollution, that is 10 micrometers in diameter or smaller is alarming because these particles are inhalable and when inhaled may cause serious heart and lung problems. These small particles can go deep into your lungs, and there is a possibility that they may get into your bloodstream. PM exposure to children or adults who have heart problems such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and lung diseases like bronchitis, pneumonia, and emphysema is very dangerous.
Where did the dust come from?
So where did the dust indoors come from?
Well, let’s start by looking at what causes dust in your home. Dust is typically a result of particles floating around in the air and a lack of airflow—and both of these things can be controlled.
Dust can enter your home in a number of ways, but most often it’s from the outside. It’s important to keep your house clean and well-ventilated so that dust doesn’t find its way indoors. It can also come from outside sources like pet dander (furry little hairs from pets), mold spores, pollen, pollen-bearing insects, sand, dirt, leaves, even dead bugs left behind by pests like ants, and even animal droppings. It also originates from your carpets, furniture, curtains, and other materials that are not being regularly cleaned. When you have a dusty environment inside your house, it can be hard to breathe freely without becoming irritated by the dust particles.
1. Clean up After Your Pets
Cats and dogs are notorious for bringing in dust from outside with their fur or paws. If this happens often, consider investing in a vacuum that is specifically designed for pets (and keep it clean so they don’t track in more dirt). Make sure to change your pets’ bedding often and wash it frequently. Heavily dusted areas should be thoroughly cleaned with an enzymatic cleaner. This product works well for pet odors and stains on carpets, upholstery, furniture, rugs, and clothing too!
2. Stick to a Daily Vacuum Routine
If you’ve got a large family or multiple pets, it’s important to vacuum daily. This will remove any dust bunnies (which are usually small particles of dirt), as well as any fallen leaves or other debris that might come through the air vents. It’ll also help prevent hair clogs on your vacuum cleaner filters—which can become clogged over time if they aren’t regularly cleaned out! Vacuum regularly with a vacuum cleaner that has a HEPA filter (High-Efficiency Particulate Air). This means that it filters out 99% of particles as small as 0.3 microns.
3. Use a HEPA filter
These filters are designed specifically for reducing airborne allergens such as dust mites and any airborne particles with a size of 0.3 microns this means that it filters out 99% of particles. Vacuum regularly with a vacuum cleaner that has a HEPA filter (High-Efficiency Particulate Air).
4. Dust and Wipe Down Surfaces
Still, one of the best ways to lessen dust particles in your home is dusting and wiping surfaces. It is better to use microfiber cleaning tools because they are really effective when it comes to removing dust particles. You may also use a vacuum with a HEPA filter in dusting and a feather duster for the hard-to-reach corners.
5. Keeping Clean Air Ducts
Air duct cleaning is important because it removes contaminants from the system which can build up over time and can cause health issues. Contaminants such as dust mites, pet dander, mold spores, and their by-products can be removed during an air duct cleaning process. Proper maintenance of your whole air duct system will ensure that you have clean air circulating throughout your home or office space all year round!
It’s hard to dust when you have a lot of stuff around the house. The solution to this is to declutter and minimize the stuff that is scattered as much as possible. Since fabrics produce and trap dust, it is much better to lessen your textiles like the throw pillows on your sofa.
7. Change your Bedding and Curtains Regularly
Keep sheets and bedding as clean as possible by changing and washing sheets weekly. Also, clean your pillows, mattresses, and comforters once a month. Wash all bedding regularly in clean water with laundry detergent, but do not dry them on the line.
Another effective way to reduce dust in your home is by removing excess moisture from the air through proper ventilation. You can also use a HEPA filter or vacuum cleaner with a high-quality HEPA filter to remove small particles from the air before they become a problem
After cleaning your home, you may also try switching out your furniture for ones that don’t have a lot of crevices where dust can accumulate (like couches). You can also invest in some furniture covers that are designed specifically for keeping dust away.
Dust is an enemy of all homes, and dust-free home is the best way to keep your health and your family safe. However, dust is a natural part of the life of your home. It’s important to remember that it’s not just your carpeting or upholstered furniture that will benefit from a dust-free home—you can also help protect yourself and your family by maintaining a dust-free environment in your home.
If you want to maintain a dust-free home, you don’t have to do it on your own. Maintain Home Services is here to help you keep your home clean and dust-free. Call us at (206) 769-9964 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.