How many people do you know that enjoy dusting? This is one part of cleaning that most people don’t like, but it has to be done on a regular basis. Establishing a regular schedule of dusting and disinfecting your home will help to improve your health. Approximately 50 million people in the United States have allergies to dust. It affects 30% of adults and 40% of children and it is the 6th leading cause of chronic illness in the U.S. according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. So what can you do about it?
First, let’s look at the symptoms of dust allergies. Here are some common symptoms of dust in the home.
- A runny nose or stuffy nose
- Red, itchy or teary eyes
- Wheezing, coughing and shortness of breath
What triggers dust allergies?
- Dust Mites
- Pet hair, fur or feathers
Managing dust in the home
- If you can get rid of the carpets in your home and use only hardwood floors.
- Clean your house regularly with a vacuum that has a HEPA filter. If you are a severe allergy sufferer, then wear a mask when you clean.
- Use “mite-proof” pillowcase covers and mattress covers for your bedding.
- Get a HEPA air cleaner for each room in your house or install a central air system with a HEPA filtration.
- Keep pets out of the bedroom at all times.
- Keep all food covered and disposed of properly.
- Check the humidity in your home and try to maintain it at 55% or lower. If you have a moisture problem, get a dehumidifier to remove the extra moisture from home.
Cleaning dust in the home
The first thing you have to do is establish a cleaning schedule in your home. Keeping up with that plan will help to prevent dust buildup. We recommend dusting at least once a week during the winter months and twice a week during the summer months due to pollen etc..
- Use a microfiber cloth when you dust. Microfiber cloths are made from synthetic fibers that are electrostatically charged and trap the dirt in the fabric. Microfibers are highly efficient and super absorbent. They remove dust, dirt, and pollen effectively.
- Before dusting any surface on a lower level, take all of the items up above down and dust. When dusting always work your way from the top of the room down to the ground. Dust falls, and you don’t want to repeat your efforts. This also is a great time to declutter your home as you dust.
- Start with the curtains, tall shelves, bookcases, tv consoles, chandeliers. Anything that is up high and doesn’t get touched on a regular basis will collect tons of dust. Tackle these first!
- Most professional cleaners use a microfiber cloth and a vacuum to suck of excessive amounts of dust on shelves, windows, window blinds, and any other areas that have accumulated dust over time. Once you have the first cleaning done, you will only need a microfiber cloth.