Coal Dust Removal

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Coal dust travels miles through the air to leave a sooty residue in its wake.
Coal dust travels miles through the air to leave a sooty residue in its wake. (Image: Comstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

Soot-laden coal dust leaves a dusty film wherever it lands. Whether the windows have been left open during grilling or you live near a coal transportation and mining plant, coal dust travels through the air, leaving a mess in your home. Persistent cleaning measures are required when coal dust is problematic on a regular basis. By employing regular cleaning, you can keep coal dust to a minimum and maintain a clean home.

Things You'll Need

  • Face mask
  • HVAC filter
  • Vacuum
  • Trash bag
  • Bucket
  • All-purpose cleaner
  • Clean cloths
  • Storage containers

Wear a face mask to prevent inhaling coal dust as you clean.

Change the filter in your heating and air conditioning system. Ideally, filters should be replaced once every two to three months. If coal dust is a regular problem, you may need to change it monthly to prevent dust from being blown into the home each time the HVAC system turns on.

Vacuum your home from the top down. Use an upholstery attachment to vacuum dust from the walls and wall hangings. Work your way down to furniture level and vacuum hard-surfaced and upholstered furniture. Remove coal dust from the floor by vacuuming carpeting and floors. Shake out small area rugs. Dispose of the vacuum bag in the trash.

Regular vacuuming prevents coal dust from building up.
Regular vacuuming prevents coal dust from building up. (Image: Goodshoot RF/Goodshoot/Getty Images)

Mix all-purpose cleaner in a bucket with 1 gallon of warm water. Follow the directions on the container of cleaning fluid. Dampen clean cloths with the cleaning liquid and wipe down walls, furniture and flooring. A damp cloth holds on to dust, enabling you to remove it rather than spread it around.

Place clothing, blankets, stacks of magazines and other items in plastic storage bins with lids. Anything that can be stored in a closed bin will be spared from coal dust, making cleanup more expeditious for you.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use an air purifier to help remove coal dust from the air.
  • Keep windows closed as much as possible to prevent dust from coming into the home.
  • Avoid dusting with a dry cloth or sweeping with a broom as both of these cleanup methods will push dust around instead of picking it up.

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