Do you find yourself constantly sneezing when you're at home? Or worse, the constantly itchy-nose feeling of not quiet sneezing? While allergies might be the cause, if home is more sneeze-worthy than any other place in the world, then you probably have a dust problem.
Most people don't realize just how much dust and lint is in their home or how that affects their home air quality.
Dust, lint, allergens, and dust mites are floating around in your air all day and they can seriously agitate your sinuses. For small children, there is even an increased risk of asthma in particularly dusty homes.
Fortunately, once you start looking at dust as a problem to defeat, it's surprisingly easy to handle. Today, we're here to share five of the best ways to reduce dust and other sinus-bothering particles that are lowering your home air quality.
1) Switch to Microfiber Sheets
One of the biggest contributors to household are fabrics. Especially natural fabrics that are designed by nature to decay over time. Cotton and other natural fibers produce a little bit of lint every time they are touched or rubbed. This lint is often too small to see, but you know it's there when you empty your dryer lint catch.
One great way to reduce lint in your home is to switch to microfiber, at least for bedsheets and other things where microfiber has become remarkably high quality. Microfiber sheets, cleaning cloths, and clothes don't give off lint and therefore don't contribute to household dust.
2) Do Laundry Regularly
Another issue with household dust is where the dust hides. Airborne dust settles down onto surfaces and can be 'kicked up' back into the air. This makes settled dust basically low air quality waiting to happen. And some surfaces hold dust better than others.
Piles of laundry are a particular favorite for dust to settle on because it is soft, porous, and has a variable surface meaning tons of space for dust to gather. Dirty clothes, towels, blankets, and even stuffed animals can harbor a lot of dust. So wash your laundry and fabric items regularly to reduce places dust can hide.
3) Dust from Top to Bottom
Getting rid of dust in your home, the process is first to dust (kick it up into the air or wipe it onto a cloth), then vacuum, then air out the house. However, the way you dust matters a great deal. Because dust settles down from the top, it's important to dust from top to bottom. If you are dusting a tall shelf, for example, dust the higher shelves first, then the lower shelves in order until you reach the floor.
The reason for this is because dust you loosen will fall onto lower surfaces. So in order to get all the dust, you have to manage it as if it were a waterfall. Always assume the dust you wipe from an upper surface will wind up on lower surfaces. So when you clean the lower surfaces next, you're getting all the dust.
4) Clear Up Household Clutter
Dust loves variable surfaces because it creates more surface area to settle on. A clear table surface can hold and hide a lot less dust than a table covered in books, papers, or knick-knacks. One of the best ways to reduce dust in your home and make it easy to keep that dust gone is to reduce the amount of surface clutter.
Clear tables, tidy shelves, and stack books so that they are pressed closely against each other. Pack piles of things on the floor or on the couch into baskets or boxes. And, if you do have a shelf with knick-knacks, make sure to dust each item individually and pick them up to dust the table underneath.
5) Change Your HVAC Filters
Finally, after dusting, vacuuming, and doing laundry, all that dust has to go somewhere. While it might be nice to use a big fan to blow it into the backyard, that method won't get all the dust. But your HVAC air filter will. This is because the air filter is placed at the air intake, where your heater or AC pulls in air that it will then warm/cool and blow through your vents.
However, if your air filter is old and dirty, it can't stop new dust and might even be distributing old dust to blow right back out through your vents. With a new high-quality air filter like a Dust Goblin, you can rest assured that every speck of dust and lint is being grabbed and locked-in so that it is no longer a part of your home's surface or airborne dust.
No one's home is natively dusty. With the right approach and regularly changed air filters, you can clear out old dust and prevent new dust from setting up shop in your home. For more information about how Dust Goblin can help you make your home sinus-friendly and dust-free, contact us today!