How to Prevent Dust Accumulation

By: Mel Joelle


Dusting is a chore that seemingly never ends, and like any other household chore, is one that requires repetition in order to maintain a clean home. Reducing the amount of dust that accumulates in your home will help reduce the frequency of dusting and the time it takes to dust. There are many ways to limit dust accumulation in your home, which means less time spent cleaning and more time spent enjoying a clean, dust-free home.

Dust accumulation also depends very much on the type of home in question. A house with pets will generate more dust than one without them. Brushing pets and keeping their fur free of dander will help prevent them from shedding and creating dust. Also, the more people who live in a house, the more dust the house will accumulate. Much of the components in dust are skin particles, so the more living creatures in a house, the more dust. Homes with carpeting instead of hardwood or tile floors also collect more dust as the carpet traps dust and allows it to be redistributed when the carpet is disturbed in any way. Some recent products that boast they can repel dust from furniture simply by polishing with them do reduce the accumulation of dust, but the dust is still in the environment and will instead accumulate on knick knacks, books or in the carpet instead of the polished surfaces.

One of the most effective ways to reduce dust in your home is by using HEPA filters. A HEPA filter removes over 99% of the airborne particles from the air that moves through them, so using such filters in central air conditioning will reduce the amount of dust from the air that is moved through the filter. HEPA filters are also available on most recent vacuum model makes, especially the bagless vacuums. The more dust that your vacuum is able to filter out of the carpet and keep in the machine, the less dust there is to be redistributed in your home. HEPA filtration is also important for air purification systems that suck air into the machines in order to clean it. Be sure to change or clean these filters often. Pay attention to filters in other places. The lint filter on the dryer, for instance, reduces the amount of lint and dust on clothes. If this filter is not cleaned with each dryer cycle, lint and dust can stay on clothes and get sent back into the air when clothes are folded or worn.

Since carpets and upholstered furniture hold onto dust particles, redistributing them in a room whenever their surfaces are moved or disturbed, frequent vacuuming of carpets and upholstered furniture is important to reducing dust accumulation. The same is true for bedding, mattresses and draperies. Washing bedding and draperies (or vacuuming draperies if they are not machine washable) will help reduce the overall amount of dust in your home. Using microfiber mattress and pillow covers will prevent much dust from entering into pillows and mattresses, and a good vacuuming with a handheld vacuum attachment periodically will remove the dust that did get through. By keeping household fabrics dust free, less dust can rise from them and end up accumulating on furniture.

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