Posted by Andie on February 16, 2011
After several rounds of allergy tests with different doctors, I recently found out that I'm allergic to dust. Convenient, right? I mean, it's not like dust and microscopic dust mites are EVERYWHERE or anything... Anyone out there with me? Whether you have a dust allergy and desperately wish to breathe normally again, or you simply want a sparkling clean home, here are nine effective ways to keep the dust at bay....
1. Start at the top, and move to the bottom in order to actually get rid of the dust in a room! Instead of backtracking or missing dust ridden areas, you'll be able to pick up all of the dust that settles into the lower areas of the room as you clean.
2. Spray furniture cleaner on your wood furniture and rub in circular motions with a clean, slightly damp microfiber cloth. Wipe down afterwards with a dry cloth. Remember: all cloths are not created equally! Make sure you use microfiber electrostatic cloths because they pick up dust particles and actually remove them from most surfaces instead of simply spreading the dust around.
3. For hard to reach places, use an ostrich feather duster. They develop a static charge and hold onto dust rather than spreading it around like traditional feather dusters.
4. Take the time to wipe down walls, paintings, blinds, light fixtures and other frequently used items.
5. Use a vacuum attachment on your vacuum cleaner to get rid of cobwebs on the ceiling and dust on your mattresses, drapes, baseboards and lampshades. Vacuum the carpet or mop the floors very last to make sure you get everything!
6. Wash your bedding and pillow cases WEEKLY in HOT water (this will kill dust mites) with good detergent.
7. Clean your air ducts every year or two. You'd be amazed at how much dust and debris collect in a home's air system, only to be blown back into your house when you turn on the air conditioning or the heat.
8. Change your furnace and air filters regularly (I do this every few months). Resist the urge to buy the cheapest kind; pick one that has a high MERV (Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value) rating.
9. Keep a tidy house- the more junk you have lying around, the more places there are for dust to collect!
What have I missed? I would love to hear your own dust tackling secrets......