Improve Air Quality In Your Home By Removing Dust
One of the most important parts of spring cleaning is removing dust from your home. Despite your best efforts, dust always seems to show back up. A big part of the dust in a home is dead skin cells from both humans and pets. (I know, sounds a bit “gross” but a reality of life.) It tends to accumulate faster during the winter months, because we spend a lot more time in our homes. Add to this the fact that winter also means lower humidity that dries out our skin faster, and before you know it, you can write your name on any flat surface in no time.
The amount of dust in your home has a major impact on the quality of the air for you and your family. And if dusting is not done correctly, you may actually make it worse rather than better. Dust in your home should not be thought of as “Out Of Site, Out Of Mind.”
The Problems With Traditional Dusting Methods
Traditional methods of cleaning, such as dusting spray and feather dusters actually can lead to more dust and more work for you. Using aerosol dusting sprays that promise a shiny, protected surface often leave an oily film behind. While this may make the wood and other surfaces in your home appear to be clean, this film will attract dust. When this happens, guess what? You have to work harder to remove the dust next time and can also cause dirt to become trapped between layers of oily film. In addition, the film makes it easier for little (and big) hands to leave finger prints and smears.
Another traditional dusting method is to use a feather duster. This may remove the dust initially, but causes it to become airborne. When dust goes into the air, it can take up to 8 hours for it to settle 6 feet to the ground or other surfaces. While it is suspended in the air, you and your family are breathing it into your lungs. Yuck! Additionally, when it does finally settle, you are right back where you started, with a dusty home.
The Correct Methods For Dusting Your Home
By far, the best methods for dusting your home focus on removing the dust.
Vacuum cleaners are the most effective method of removing dust from your home. Carpeting is the biggest air filter in your home, collecting all of the settling dust. But when it comes to above the floor dust, if your vacuum cleaner has an attachment wand, use it where ever possible to remove as much dust as you can. Just make sure you replace the vacuums filters as needed and keep it cleaned out. This keeps the vacuumed dust from being returned to the air.
When vacuuming isn’t an option, microfiber cleaning tools are very effective at grabbing the soil and holding on to it. Microfiber works so well because of the way it is made. Constructed of synthetic fibers that contain little chambers that hold the dirt, rather than push it along, it makes it possible to control and remove the microscopic particles. Microfiber works really well dry but to make it even more effective, you can mist small amount of water directly onto the microfiber itself. By using a minimal amount of regular tap water, you will be surprised at how well it removes dust. The best part is that most microfiber cleaning tools are washable. This means you save money!
Don’t Forget To Dust These Areas During Your Spring Cleaning
Light Fixtures and Bulbs – Light bulbs will last a lot longer when dusted regularly.
Vent Covers – Air intake and room HVAC vents collect a lot of dust. Also, don’t forget the exhaust fan vents in your bathrooms too!
Furniture Structures and Supports – Reclining chairs and pull-out sofas have lots of hardware under them where dust settles. Flip them over and wipe down the supports and mechanisms.
Inside Cabinets and Closets– Because we rarely remove all of the contents from cabinets, spring cleaning is a good time to take the opportunity to clean out the inside of cabinets and closets, where dust loves to hide!
Blinds and Other Window Treatments – There are several microfiber cleaning tools on the market that make cleaning blinds much easier. For curtains and other window treatments, many professional laundry services run specials in the spring on cleaning delicates such as curtains. Some will even take down the dirty ones for you and replace them after cleaning.
Ceiling Fans – It is always surprising to me the amount of dust that ceiling fans collect! Pull out those ladders and wipe them down!
Improving the air quality in your home by controlling dust provides a much more comfortable and healthier environment for your family. Take the opportunity to improve your spring cleaning and year round dusting methods and you will be able to enjoy your home that much more.
For more on spring cleaning and other indoor air quality information, here is a link to the “Green Cleaning” information within your HomeNav Dashboard.