Most homeowners don’t spend undue time worrying about the dust that tends to collect indoors. We all clean as regularly as possible, dusting, vacuuming, and scrubbing surfaces, but dust is an ongoing problem that we mostly ignore. However, there are some people who take umbrage with the collection of dust, not only because it fouls up their interior spaces, but because it is the cause of discomfort due to allergic reactions, asthma, or other conditions.
And of course, there are plenty of people who also want to wage a war on dust because they prefer a spotless home. In any case, there are a variety of ways to reduce the amount of dust in your home, even if you can’t eradicate it completely. Here are some steps you might want to take to keep dust to a minimum.
Set a regular cleaning schedule. The best place to start when it comes to controlling the dust in your home is to pencil in regular cleaning tasks on your calendar. Most people get busy with a number of daily demands, including work, errands, and attending to the needs of children. The result is that non-essential cleaning tasks get put on the back burner until they start to boil over, so to speak. But a regular schedule can make these tasks quick and manageable. And over time, a swipe of the dust rag or pulling out the vacuum will become habit.
Remove plush surfaces. Carpeting and linens collect dust, trap it, and then release it back into the air when you walk, sit, or move around the house. So if you’re having a problem with these minute particles floating through your home, consider replacing plush surfaces with hard materials that allow you to more effectively dust, vacuum, and mop your interior spaces.
Use a loofah. Much of the dust that populates our homes is actually the result of the skin’s natural tendency to slough off dry, dead cells. And the more people and pets you have in your home, the more “dust” you’re likely to see. While you probably shower regularly, it’s not a bad idea to use some method of exfoliation, such as a loofah, to ensure that most of your dead skin cells go down the drain.
You can also shampoo your pets on a regular basis and brush them frequently (preferably outdoors). Install HEPA filters. You can put these allergy-trapping filters in your HVAC system to ensure that you’re not just pushing the dust around your home. But you can also find vacuums that are specially designed for use with HEPA filters, allowing you to trap more dust and other allergens every time you clean.
Try an air purifier. If you want your home to run like a well-oiled machine, the efficiency of Energy Star appliances can’t be beat. But if what you’re seeking is a way to breathe easier, then you’ll definitely want to look into the benefits an air purifier can provide.
You can opt for a whole-home system if your situation is dire (and you have the cash on hand). But an easier and more affordable solution might be to use a portable unit that you can move around as needed. Or you may decide to install one in every room in your home. If dust is a major problem that you just can’t live with comfortably, this is a great way to pull excess particles from the air.