How to Stop Dirt From Entering the Home

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Dirt, dust, soil and grime should never be allowed into the home. Rather than spending time and effort cleaning stained floors, grimy countertops and dusty nooks and crannies, strive to stop the dirt before it finds its way into the house. Here's how.

Things You'll Need

  • Mats
  • Rags
  • Mop and vacuum
  • Professional help
  • Place doormats outside and inside all entryways. Outside doormats should be made of sturdy turflike material that will scrub the dust and dirt from under the shoes. Inside mats could be nylon or olefin and should be at least as wide as the door and about four steps long to catch as much shoe dirt as possible. Both types of mats should have rubber or vinyl backing to prevent slipping.

  • If you have pets, station a mat or rags by the pet door to catch dirt, mud and moisture that could otherwise get smeared onto the floors. When giving your pets a grooming, brush loose hair where it won't fly into the house.

  • Mop up grime and vacuum off dirt promptly to keep it from spreading and getting tracked into the house.

  • Keep doors and windows closed when there's major construction going on in the streets or in the vicinity.

  • Have a professional check the house for air leaks. Make sure all of your doors and windows are properly sealed. Not only will this help prevent dust, pollen and other contaminants from seeping into your home, it will also make your house energy efficient in terms of heating and cooling.

  • Call the ductwork people. Have your ductwork and venting systems checked and cleaned regularly to remove dust, soot, debris and mold buildup.

  • Contact a professional chimney sweep to inspect and clean out your chimney regularly. Avoid using freshly cut wood in your fireplace because it produces more smoke.

  • Strive to keep the driveway, porch, patio and garage areas clean and tidy to minimize dirt getting tracked or blown into the house.

Tips & Warnings

  • Some utility companies offer the service to check homes for air leaks and seepage. While they're at it, inquire about their incentives for making your home energy efficient.
  • Follow the manufacturer's recommendations on how often air filters have to be replaced.
  • Wash doormats regularly and replace when worn down.
  • Wash mops and replace vacuum bags regularly to prevent spreading dirt, germs and contaminants.
  • Photo Credit Photo by Ruby Bayan
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