|Posted on April 30, 2015 at 1:15 PM|
Springtime is here and pollen and dust is in the air. Below are a few tips to show you how to cut down and/or eliminate unwanted dust.
Upgrade your furnace filter.
Bust dust by tackling its mode of transport—air. If your home has a heating or cooling distribution system, this helps control dust by filtering the air, and having the proper filter for this system can make a noticeable improvement in everyday dust settlement. But most visible dust settles on floors and furniture before it can enter the heating/cooling system, so no filter will completely eliminate dusting chores. Make sure to change your filter every 3-4 months as a dirty filter can damage your furnace.
Clean the air while you clean the house.
All vacuums whip up dust with their "agitator" (the cylindrical brush that sweeps the carpet) or blowing exhaust stream. That dust eventually settles on the surfaces you've just cleaned. You can filter out some of that dust before it settles by switching your thermostat to "fan on." This turns on the blower inside your furnace and filters the air even while the system isn't heating or cooling. Leave the blower on for about 15 minutes after you're done cleaning. But don't forget to switch back to "auto." Most blowers aren't designed to run constantly.
Change your bedding every week.
Your cozy bed is a major dust distributor, and that dust can multiply like bunnies if you don't keep on it. One solution? Your bedding collects skin flakes, sheds its own fibers, and sends out a puff of dust every time you roll over. To minimize the fallout, wash sheets and pillowcases weekly. Items that aren't machine washable don't need weekly trips to the dry cleaners—just take blankets and bedspreads outside and shake them. You can smack some of the dust out of pillows, but for a thorough cleaning, wash or dry-clean them.
Use the right cleaning supplies.
A damp or disposable rag will help cut down and capture dust not just spread it around. Cloths that attract dust with oils or waxes also work well but just keep in mind they can leave residue on furniture. However: Use vacuum attachments only on surfaces that are hard to dust with a cloth, such as rough surfaces and intricate woodwork, because the exhaust stream from a vacuum whips up a dust storm.
Give rugs and cushions a beating.
Every time you walk across your carpet or rugs it can stir up not only the dust particles, but pet hair and dander. Take time at the end of the day and vacuum at least once a week or more depending on how bad your allergies are. Taking your rugs outside and draping them over the banister or clothes line, beating them with a broom will also help remove those unwanted dust bunnies. Beat cushions in the backyard or use slipcovers and give them a good shake. If you want to eliminate upholstery dust, buy leather- or vinyl-covered furniture.
Organize your closets to keep dust to a minimum.
Using plastic containers for your clothing, garment bags for your unused items such as winter coats and wire shelving to remove any items from the closet floor will give it a neater appearance, allows you to vacuum the dust bunnies from the floor and keeps your clothing free of dust
Use the right vacuum.
Suction alone isn't enough to pull much dust out of carpet. For good results, you need a vacuum with a powerful agitator (the brush that sweeps the rug). When it comes to wood, tile or vinyl flooring, your best choice is a canister vacuum without an agitator (or with an agitator).