90% and more of the dust in your home originates from fabrics and from people who enter your house. You may not be aware of this fact, but a large part of the dust in your home is dead skin flakes, textile fibres, pet hairs and skin flakes, which easily become airborne and spread around your house. The dust is constantly shifted into the air and to another surface by each movement at home, so it can easily be breathed in and not so easily removed from your home.
Dust is especially irritating and harmful for people suffering from dust allergies, asthma, as well as for people with other breathing problems, as well as babies and toddlers.
There are ways to efficiently clean the dust, and reduce its accumulation in your home which you might want to know:
- Change all bed sheets and pillow cases weekly. The sheets and pillow cases are a haven for all the dead skin flakes which feed the dust mites. We all shed millions of these flakes every day and night, so keeping control of their quantities in your bed is a very good idea. You should resort to deep mattress cleaning from time to time too. Ask a professional cleaning company to come do it for you, especially if you or someone at home is allergic or asthmatic.
- Closets are the place where all the tiny fibres from the textiles join the other airborne particles which become dust. It is a good idea to arrange your closets in a way to reduce the accumulation of dust, by storing the different clothes in containers, boxes or bags on the shelves. This will make dusting easier, and will reduce the release of much of the fibres from the different textiles.
- Another tip to reduce the dust in your home is to use the thermostat fan on function, especially when you are vacuuming or sweeping, which is when most of the dust is lifted to the air. This can help reduce the quantity of dust which manages to settle back down on the furniture and other surfaces.
- Avoid using those feather dusters as well as dry rags, because all you are doing is lifting the dust from one place and moving it to another one. Instead, you should use a damp cloth or a disposable cloth with an electric charge which attracts the dust instead of spreading it.
- Deep clean your carpets, rugs, upholstery, curtains, draperies and other textile covered furniture at least once a year, or more often if you are allergic to dust or have other health problems which can be affected by it.