7 ways to make your home dust-proof
Keeping your home dust-free can be difficult, especially if you have pets or children. Dust can come from just about anywhere–your furniture, your rugs, even the air outside your home can contribute to dirty floors and counters.
Thankfully, there are several simple steps you can take to reduce the amount of dust in your home, making it much easier to clean and reducing your risk of inhaling potentially harmful allergens. Consider these seven ways to make your dream home dust-proof today!
1) Vacuum Regularly
This is probably one of the most obvious methods for how to keep your house dust free, but it’s an important one. And by regularly I mean at least once a week if you’re not particularly dusty, and 2 or 3 times per week if you live in a particularly dusty environment.
2) Remove Carpets
Carpets are a magnet for dust and other allergens. If you’re allergic or sensitive to certain kinds of dust, it’s a good idea to replace carpets with hardwood floors or tile. For less mess, look into adding area rugs with lower profiles. Allergens that get stuck in carpets can be difficult to clean, but they easily lift off of hard surfaces.
3) Air Out Your Home After Vacuuming
Vacuuming is a great way to capture dust, but it also stirs up existing particles that have settled on surfaces throughout your house. To remove as much of these fine particles as possible, open all windows and doors and use fans or air conditioning (if necessary) for at least 10 minutes after vacuuming. Dust attracts more dust—so air out your home between deep cleanings to keep it from getting dusty again too quickly.
4) Keep Everything Off the Floor
Another obvious way to cut down on dust is by keeping everything off of floors, counters, and tables. Not only does having less stuff strewn about mean you have fewer surfaces for dust and debris to collect on, but having things elevated can keep them out of harm’s way. When it comes time to clean up, you won’t have to worry about vacuuming under furniture or getting all kinds of junk stuck in a damp mop head.
5) Buy a Special Mop and Broom
If you’re like most people, you don’t have any way of cleaning walls and ceiling. Even if you do, it might not be getting into all those hard-to-reach places. A special mop and broom is designed specifically for doing so, making it much easier to keep things as clean as possible.
6) Keep Pets Indoors
Not only can outdoor pets pick up harmful parasites, they can also bring them into your house. To prevent exposure, never allow pets inside if they’ve been outside or if you recently walked your dog in a park or on grass. If you have a cat and let it wander outside, consider purchasing a special collar that has bells on it – these alert birds and other animals of their presence.
7) Get Rid of Dust Collectors
Vacuum cleaners do a great job of collecting dust, but they often lose suction after a while, so they just end up filling up with dust anyway. Dust collectors are commonly found in attics and crawl spaces, which don’t get cleaned very often. If you want to keep these parts of your house clean, it’s best to clear them out by pulling out any junk that is piled high.
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