Getting Rid of Dust in Your House

How much dust is in your house? It’s hard to tell by looking at it, but if you have allergies or live with someone who does, you might want to start dusting more often to keep the dust down. Dust can contain bacteria and germs that will trigger coughing and sneezing, so it’s important to prevent the build-up of excessive dust in your home. Here are some tips on how to get rid of dust in your house safely and efficiently.

Why It's Important to Dust in Your Home

To understand why dust can be bad for you, it's important to understand what it is. Simply put, dust is tiny solid particles that have collected on household surfaces over time. They include everything from ground-in dirt and human skin cells to pet dander and pollen. Dust may not seem like a serious health hazard at first glance—it's just little bits of stuff sitting on your furniture—but when airborne, these particles can cause major problems. 

If you're suffering from allergies or asthma, chances are that dust is a large part of your problem.  It has also been linked to many other respiratory issues, such as colds and pneumonia. In addition, house dust mites (tiny bugs) thrive in warm environments with plenty of food (dead skin cells), which your home certainly offers them. Mites typically feed off people while they sleep, which means they could very well be feeding off you right now!

How to Dust Your Home

There are many dusting tools available at your local grocery store or Walmart that are perfect for picking up dust from your home.  

A feather duster or Swiffer brand duster is great for hard-to-reach or tight places, such as on top of cabinets or on wall art. You can buy a duster that has refillable dusting attachments so once your duster gets full of dirt and dust, you can dispose of it and replace it in seconds!

A hand-held vacuum or vacuum with an attachment can be used to pick up dirt and dust on floors and furniture. You can also use a vacuum to pick up any dust or debris from stairs and carpet.

If you would like a simple and cost-effective way to pick up dust around your home, try using a microfiber cloth. Simply wipe down all surfaces until they are clean and free of debris. Microfiber cloths pick up dust quickly and effectively.

It's also very important to switch out your air filters on schedule or when you see they are collecting dust. This prevents dust from accumulating in your air conditioning system and being pushed out into the air you breathe!

Where to Dust in Your Home

There are some places in your home that need to be dusted more than often.  Frequently used spaces tend to collect less dust from all of the movement and activity in them, but you should still make sure to dust these areas at least once a week. 

Less frequently used areas like the top of kitchen cabinets, knick-knack shelves, and light fixtures can all gather dust over time. Try dusting these areas at least once a week or every other week so that they don't build up too much dust and become unmanageable.

Other areas in your home you may forget to dust include ceiling fan blades, the top of windowsills, window frames, the top of cabinets, and the top of the door frame. 

Hire a Professional Cleaning Service

Hiring a professional cleaning service is one way to get rid of dust and other allergens from your home. These services have access to equipment that can reach every corner and crevice, making it easier for them to thoroughly clean your house. 

Our professional cleaning technicians use the correct products and tools to get your home dust-free! Call Sponge & Sparkle at (404) 633-9652 or request a cleaning at www.spongeandsparkle.com today to set up your cleaning service! 

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