Dust not only makes a house look dirty, but it can also cause problems for allergy sufferers. Dust in the home can contain pollutants, pollen and even dust mite feces that can create reactions in anyone prone to respiratory problems. Preventing dust build-up is a several step process. Unfortunately, there is not just one thing you must do. However, if you make the process a habit, it won’t take much more time than regular cleaning and you’ll have a cleaner, more hypoallergenic home.
Things You'll Need
- Vacuum cleaner (preferably with a HEPA filter)
- Microfiber dust mops
- Sponge mops
- Dust -repelling wood cleaners (Pledge or Endust, for example)
- Air purifier with HEPA filter
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How to Prevent Dust Build Up
Vacuum carpeted floors, draperies and all upholstered furniture at least once a week. Dust easily accumulates on these, although it isn’t as visible as on other surfaces.
Spray wood surfaces with dust-repelling cleaner. In addition, keep counter tops and appliances clean and dust-free by wiping them down daily.
Place throw rugs near entryways. These will trap a lot of dirt that is carried in on shoes. Damp mopping tile floors at least once weekly will also prevent dust build-up. If your home has wood floors, use instead a microfiber dust mop on them once a week or more frequently.
Buy an air purifier that contains HEPA filters. These filters are able to capture small particles of dust. While these air purifiers won’t remove all dust from the home, they will trap a large portion of it.
Change all filters, including furnace filters and air conditioning filters frequently (at least every three months). Dirty filters can’t do their job well.