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Dust is a natural part of everyday life. It is everywhere, from the top of the highest mountains to the bottom of the literal ocean floor, and it’s always been that way, so there’s no avoiding it.
However, high levels of dust in your home can be irritating for anyone, especially those who suffer from allergies or asthma. Therefore it is important to take measures to keep the dust levels inside your house as low as possible.
Here are some effective ways you do just that.
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Use a Vacuum with a Hepa Filter
A vacuum with a Hepa (or HEPA as some people spell it) filter is one of the most effective ways to keep dust at minimal levels in your home. As well as being an air filter, a Hepa vacuum is also extremely efficient at getting rid of dirt – so you will be cleaning your floors and getting rid of dust in one go. Just remember to replace or wash the filters regularly too, they’re not designed to last forever.
As seen at howtohome.com, if any of your family members are prone to allergies, asthma, or any other breathing conditions that can be aggravated by dust then it is extremely advisable to invest in a vacuum with a Hepa filter. Since the air coming out of the vacuum won’t be dusty at all, there’s less chance of them breathing in anything harmful.
Don’t Let the Dirt Accumulate
Dust comes from dirt; if there’s dirt on the floor it turns into dust, if there’s dirt on your furniture it turns into dust, and if there’s dirt on your surfaces then that turns into dust too. That being said, it’s no wonder that a house filled with a lot of dirt will have a lot of dust in it.
Take measures to ensure that your home is kept clean at all times. Vacuum the floors every day – three/four times a week for carpets – and wipe down your kitchen surfaces after you’ve used them. You can also put rugs or runners down on the floor to stop the dirt from getting everywhere. Just be sure to hoover these regularly as well, so you’re not pushing any extra dust around.
Make Sure There’s Proper Ventilation in the Kitchen
The kitchen is one room where dirt and dust are particularly common, which can make it harder to keep clean than other rooms in your home – but take note. If you don’t properly ventilate this room then having low levels of dust here will be even more difficult. Therefore, if you want to ensure the best possible results when cleaning and dusting your kitchen surfaces and floors, make sure that no cabinets or counters are blocking any vents, and that no doors are closed.
Open your window(s) after using the cooker or oven, and leave them open until the ventilation has taken all of the dirty air out. Open the windows as soon as you’ve finished cooking. Taking measures to ensure that your house is well ventilated will help because, since fresh air enters the house every day, any dust particles will get pushed outside along with it
Avoid Using Carpets or Curtains in Your Home
Carpet is undeniably one of the most popular types of flooring in a household, but it also has a lot of downsides when it comes to keeping dust at bay since its low surface friction and material make it a magnet for dust. Firstly, you’ll find that your carpet gets dusty very easily, resulting in dirt and dust being walked all over your floors daily. Secondly, when this happens, the dirt builds up which means you have to clean more often – especially if someone in your family smokes or has pets. Also, remember that curtains are just another type of fabric that traps dust. They’re harder to clean than carpets too, so take measures to avoid having them in your house if possible – or at least get rid of them from any room where there isn’t a window that can be opened.
Make Sure You Clean Out Your Fireplace Regularly
If you have a fireplace in your home and light a fire with it weekly, then this is the perfect way to ensure that there is plenty of dust floating around your living room. If not cleaned out regularly then it will just be getting dirtier every time you light the fire – so take action now.
Grab yourself an armful of old newspaper and use it to wipe the inside of the fireplace thoroughly until all traces of ash are removed. Never use water or any type of cleaning product as this will cause problems by covering up any patches where the exterior is flaking away. Once everything has been swept simply leave your window open for a couple of hours and enjoy your cleanroom.
Keeping the levels of dust in your home down to a minimum is easy, once you know-how. All you need to do is avoid letting dirt build up and you’ll never have to worry about having too much dust ever again. With these tips in mind, you will easily be able to keep your house free of dust and have peace of mind knowing the air you breathe is clean and healthy for you and your family.
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