Dust is the bane of every housekeeper’s existence. It seems like no matter how fast you clean, as soon as you turn around, the dust bunnies have built their nests on every available surface. Some days it feels like the dust is taking over your home.
There are several things you can do to manage the dust, allowing you to get out of the house and enjoy life.
Throw Away your Duster
Don’t use a duster. The traditional feather duster is great for clearing the dust off your shelves and brushing it away from the top of your television set. The problem is that all the duster does is knock the dust from the item you are dusting and deposits into the air. After you move onto the next project, the dust resettles onto your furniture or is sucked into your air ducts. Instead of your duster you should use a damp cloth to wipe your furniture. The dust gets trapped in the cloth instead of deposited into the air.
Clean your Air Ducts
Every time your air conditioner turns on it blows the dust that has collected in the ducts into your home. Cleaning your air ducts once or twice a year will drastically reduce the amount of dust in your home.
Most people only vacuum when they think the carpet is dirty. Regularly vacuuming your home will keep dust particles from accumulating in your carpet and keep them from spreading to your furniture. Every time you vacuum you should make sure you clean your vacuum’s filter.
Use your Door Mats
Wiping the bottom of your shoes every time you enter your house will help reduce the amount of dust that enters your home. Once a day you should take your doormat outside and shake it vigorously, if you live in an apartment and can’t shake your mat, vacuum it daily.
Groom your Pets
Pets are a major source of dust. Eliminating dust isn’t a good enough reason to get rid of the family dog or cat, but there are things you can do that will help keep your house clean. Brush your pet daily, this will remove debris, dead hairs and dust from their coat. Bathe your pet once a month. If your pet has long hair take it to the groomers for a clipping. Short haired pets generate less dust than their long haired counterparts.