Living in dry Texas weather means dust bunnies floating around the house and a constantly fighting layers of grit. It is a never-ending battle and even worse for those who suffer from allergies, which I think we can all agree is miserable.
Here are some things you can do to keep the dust under control.
1. Create a Daily Cleaning Routine
One of the best ways to prevent dust from taking over your house is to have a daily cleaning routine. Dust is not something that can be taken care once a month, regular maintenance is key. Take bite sizes with one area of your home at a time. 5 to 10 minutes a day can make all the difference.
2. Clean in the Proper Order
What order are you cleaning your home? Starting off by vacuuming your floors and then cleaning the layer of dust on your ceiling fan blades is going to dirty your freshly vacuumed floors. Cleaning from top to bottom will ensure that any dust that falls and settles won’t be missed.
3. Dust and Wipe Down Surfaces
The most effective way to reduce dust is by hand with a microfiber cloth. Surprising? There are several ways people like to dust but not all of them are effective. A microfiber cloth designed to remove tiny dust particles, after all, we want to remove the dust not just stir it up to aggravate our allergies. Dusting means taking the time to not only clean your knick-knacks and picture frames but also removing cobwebs, blinds, and hard to reach corners.
4. Washing the Sheets
Washing your sheets once a week might seem like overkill but think about it this way; when you sleep you are losing dead skin cells, hair and sometimes sweating. This means every night you lay down to sleep, you’re laying in the accumulation of all the previous night’s sweat, hair, and skin. Ew! Washing your sheets regularly will also prevent dust mites from entering your home, an annoying visitor no one wants.
5. Vacuum Regularly
Brooms are good for witches costumes but they are not an effective tool for removing dust. Brooms are notorious for stirring up dust but not removing it. We recommend using a vacuum with a HEPA filter and the appropriate brush and floor attachments. This will ensure your efforts will capture and remove dust and those pesky dust bunnies. Schedule high traffic areas into your cleaning routine at least twice a week while the other less trafficked areas can be vacuumed once a week.
Stacks of mail lying on the dining table along with piles of shoes by the front door are the perfect place for dust to settle and collect. De-cluttering your home is a two prong attack, not only will it greatly reduce the nooks and crannies for dust to hide it will also allow you to cover more ground in your daily cleaning routine. Have the whole family pitch in to get the clutter in check.
7. Buy Better Filters
Believe it or not, the air quality in your home can be drastically more polluted than the air outside. Replacing the return air filter is one way to help reduce dust, but upgrading to a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter will catch even the tiniest particles including pollen, pet dander, and dust mites. A HEPA filter will drastically improve the air quality of your home. As filters age their efficiency decreases and should be replaced every 30 days. Replace your filters often and you’ll breathe a sigh of relief -and fresh air.
Achieving a dust free home is almost impossible but with a little effort and a cleaning schedule, you will be able to reduce the amount of dust that is lingering throughout your home.