Itchy watery eyes and runny noses do not make for a good time. If you’re allergic to dust, you understand how crucial it is keep your home free of dirt, grime and grit that make you sneeze. With our five ways to keep your home dust-free, you’ll never sneeze again – or at least not in your house.
- Say bye-bye to your carpet:
- Vacuum, vacuum, vacuum:
- The right cleaning tools will never steer your wrong:
- Don’t sleep on dusty sheets:
- De-clutter your shelves:
Wall to wall carpeting is a dust nightclub. It’s where dust hangs out and has a good time. For you, however, it’s not a good time. Carpeting is one of the leading causes of excess dust in the home and if you’re trying to keep the allergens away, you need to keep the carpets away too.
Instead of wall-to-wall carpeting, try a small area rug instead. Area rugs are easier to clean and collect way less dust than carpets.
If getting rid of your carpets is not an option, you should be vacuuming them twice weekly. Invest in a vacuum that is equipped with a high-efficiency particulate air filter (HEPA) because they are made specifically to suck up as much as dust as possible.
Most vacuums come with attachments that are made for other surfaces such as wood, tile and linoleum, so you can vacuum every room in your house, even the ones that don’t have carpeting. Remember to change your vacuum’s filter regularly. You’ll know when it needs changing – when it seems to be leaving dust in its wake instead of removing it.
String/yarn mops and feather dusters just spread germs and dust around. There are better cleaning supplies out there that do more than clean, they remove dust completely.
Invest in a Swiffer or similar system that uses specialized cloths to clean instead of feathers, string or yarn (traditional mop materials). Also, try microfibre cloths when you spot clean your furniture. Microfibre is better at removing dust from wood and even leather furniture.
This may sound like a no-brainer, however, sometimes you can’t tell when your sheets are dusty because the dust is so miniscule. To be safe, change your sheets weekly and wash your comforters too.
Your bedding is a playground for dust because we shed skin (it’s normal and healthy!) but that doesn’t mean you should be sleeping on the same sheets for more than week. You can even rid your pillows of dust by putting them in the dryer on a low setting for 30 minutes.
Books, DVDs, videogames, knicknacks, framed pictures – these items gather dust. Besides dusting your shelves with microfibre cloths once a week, get rid of the things you don’t need. If you’ve read a book and it didn’t leave a lasting impression, give it away. If someone brought you back a knick knack from a trip that you weren’t on, throw it out. The less stuff you have in your home, the less dust you’ll have.
If you don’t have time to regularly dust your home, call Sunrise Cleaners. It’s our job to make sure your house is clean and that dust finds itself a new home.