how to get rid of dust

Get Outta Here Dust Bunnies! Tips for Getting Rid of Dust and Keeping it Away

A dusty home can be a huge headache. Dust is everywhere, and if you don’t take care of it immediately, it will only get worse. Keep reading to find out how to get rid of dust.

How to Get Rid of Dust

The best way to get rid of dust is to clean your home as frequently as possible. Constantly wipe down surfaces and other places dust lingers. The cleaner you keep your home, the less dust will linger.

Keep reading to learn more specific actions you can take to get rid of the dust in your home.

Change Your Bedding Once A Week

Dust mites love to make themselves at home in your pillows, sheets, and mattress. Which is why you always want to encase your box spring and mattress with an allergen-proof cover. You also want to make sure you wash all of your bedding at least once a week, and that should keep the bugs away.

Clean Your Pillows

And don’t forget to clean your pillows! Even if you clean your pillowcases and sheets weekly, dust mites can still live inside your pillows. Try a mild detergent to wash your pillows in the washing machine or by hand.

Then make sure you dry and fluff them. If this seems like too much work you can also take them to your dry cleaner. Whatever you do, don’t neglect your pillows, you’ll breath easier at night if you keep your pillows clean.

Keep Your Closets Tidy

Clothes tend to shed a lot of fiber, which creates dust. Try your best to store items in plastic contains, boxes and garment bags. This will keep dust from flying at you like confetti every time you open up your closet.

Get Rid of Floor Clutter

Piles of toys, clothes, magazine, books or really anything on the floor, house a ton of dust. Simply cleaning around these items, won’t get rid of the dust that’s settled into its crevices. Clean inside these items and put them away where they belong.

No Carpeting

If you are looking for a new home, try to find a place without carpeted floors. Vinyl, tile, linoleum or hardwood floors house less dust than carpeting.

Dust mites live in carpets, and you have to vacuum constantly to keep them out. If you have severe allergies, you might notice that vacuuming isn’t enough.

If you can’t get around the carpet, then make sure you’re using a vacuum that has a double-layered bag that’s microfiltered, or a HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filter. Either of these filters will stop dust from getting into the air.

Get the Right Duster

You might think your feather duster is doing the job. When actually, feather dusters only make the existing dust worst as it settles around your home. It’s better if you use a moist towelette or damp cloth to wipe down the surfaces instead.

Clean From Top To Bottom

A common cleaning mistake is to start with the floor and work your way up. Don’t do this. Instead, start with the highest surfaces and work down, this way you get all the dust you missed.

Get An Air Purifier

Air purifiers are essential if you suffer from asthma or allergies. But that doesn’t mean once you have an air purifier that you should stop dusting. Air filters can only filter dust particles, but they don’t tackle dust mites since those are not airborne.

If you really want your air purifier to be effective, you also need to get one in each room, which can get expensive.

Use a Doormat

Any time someone enters your home from the outside, they track dirt, and small dirt particles are what leads to dust. Get doormats for both the outside and inside of your home. The best doormats are the ones with bristles on top, which can trap dirt from traveling into your home.

Be sure to regularly vacuum and wash your mats so the dirt and dust don’t build up.

Clean Up After Your Pet

If you have a pet, you have to clean twice as hard to keep your home dust free. Dead skin cells are a huge dust source, and your furry friends have a lot of hair. You’ll need to make sure you regularly groom your pet to keep hair and dead skin from building up.

Your home and your pets will feel better. Also if you have a cat, keep their litter box covered as this helps hold down dust.

Close Your Windows

Your instinct might tell you to open up the windows to get some fresh air into your home when actually that causes dust. Dust gets in through the windows and doors in the shape of mold spores, pollen, and airborne pollutants that create a buildup you can see on your windowsills.

Don’t Forget to Mop

A nice damp mopping is another great way to get rid of 90 percent of the dust in your home. All you need is tap water to dampen a rag or mop that can capture dust. You can then throw that dirty water down the drain when you’re done with the mopping.

Beat It Out

This might seem old-fashioned, but simply beating out the dust does the trick too. Just take dusty area rugs outside, and beat them out. You also can get a rug beater in plastic, wire, or rattan, and that often works better than vacuuming.

The best part of this trick, is you get a good workout while doing it!

Stop Static

Static electricity can build up inside any dry rooms in your home and attract dust which will cling to stubborn surfaces. A humidifier that’s either room-size or a whole-house version should do the trick.

You want to get your humidity levels at 40 to 50 percent. This will eliminate static and keep your dust levels down.

Dust Your Home Today

Now that you know how to get rid of dust, give your home a good dusting today. Air purifiers and humidifiers are good investments to keep the dust away, in addition to weekly cleanings. For more information on our cleaning services, check out our website.

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