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10 Ways to Eliminate Dust in Your Home
Dust is, at best, an unsightly inconvenience and, at worst, a health hazard. Keeping it at bay seems to be a never-ending process, but there are things you can do to minimize it. The condition of your ductwork plays a big part in how much and how fast dust accumulates in your home. Having your ducts sealed can dramatically limit the amount of dust that lands in your living areas. Adding an air purifier to your HVAC system, and regularly changing or cleaning the air filter, will also help keep the dust bunnies, allergens and irritants from taking over.
1. Change your bedding once a week.
Sheets, blankets, comforters and pillows are dust magnets. Wash your sheets and pillowcases once a week and other bedding and blankets once every three to four weeks to get rid of dust and dust mites.
2 Keep your closets organized and clean.
Clothing kept in closets sheds tiny fibers that appear as dust. To cut down on dust in your closets, store clothing in garment bags and plastic bins.
3. Clean from the top to the bottom.
Every few months, clean walls from top to bottom. Starting at the top and working your way down is the most efficient way to catch the dust as it falls.
4. Use a damp microfiber cloth for dusting.
Microfiber is designed to pick up dust and lock it in so it doesn’t simply get moved around. When you are finished dusting, wash the cloth to get rid of the dust it collected. (Don’t use fabric softener, however, as it damages the fibers and reduces the cloth’s ability to attract dust.)
5. Vacuum twice a week.
Carpet is soft and adds warmth and texture to a room, but it also collects loads of dust that can reappear on your furnishings and throughout your home.
6. Sweep regularly.
Sweep the floors you don’t vacuum two or three times a week to keep dust from building up on floors and getting tracked from one area to another. Using a wet mop once a week will eliminate much of the dust you miss with the broom and dustpan.
7. Get rid of knick-knacks and minimize clutter.
Small items and clutter attract dust and make cleaning harder to do.
8. Install an air purifier.
Air purifiers are available in portable, stand-alone models that work in one room. To truly eliminate dust, allergens and contaminants from your home, however, consider installing a whole-house air purifier as part of your HVAC system.
9. Replace or upgrade your furnace / AC filter.
The air that comes out of your furnace and air conditioner is only as clean as the equipment it circulates through. To prevent dust and debris from collecting in your HVAC system and eventually being re-deposited in your rooms, replace your air filter every 30-60 days.