Sometimes it seems like no matter how often you dust, there is always more dust lurking in your home. Not just the ambient particles that always float in the air, but a constant battle to keep your surfaces and furniture dust-free.
You may have even begun to suspect that dust is hiding in places you can't reach or sneaking out just when you turn your back. And, in a way, you'd be right.
When a home is regularly dustier than usual, this is usually a sign that you're not actually removing the dust from your home when you clean. Instead, you are kicking it up off surfaces only to see it settle again.
This may be a problem with your ventilation (not carrying the airborne dust away) and it is often made worse by untouched hiding places from which dust emerges just when you think you've got your home clean and dust-free.
Today, we're here to look at the top six places dust could be hiding in your home and what you can do about it.
1) The Top Shelf of Any Closet
Closets are built for storage, sometimes active, sometimes long-term. But one thing is for sure: we almost never access the top shelf. Placing things on the top shelf of a closet is generally a clear decision that you don't plan to deal with something for a long time.
But those top shelves can gather and distribute dust like nobody's business. Since dust settles from the top down, top shelves that are undisturbed can collect dust for months. However, ever time that closet door opens, a little more dust is kicked up and released into your home.
2) On Your Curtains and Miniblinds
Curtains, on the other hand, are champions at hiding dust in plain sight. The fabric of curtains creates a welcoming soft surface for dust to nestle into and even one set of curtains can hold a surprising amount of dust. Then, when you brush by or otherwise disturb your curtains, much of that dust is released back into the room.
The same rule applies to mini blinds, despite their lack of fabric. Because we tend to ignore our window treatments, dust has a chance to build up for months, sometimes years, before someone takes a vinegar-dipped sock and cleans each individual blind of caked-on dust.
3) Underneath Heavy Furniture
When you dust and clean, no doubt you move around lighter furniture like dining room chairs and lamps. However, heavy furniture is a different story. If you can't easily or conveniently move the furniture during a quick cleaning round, chances are that there is a lot of dust lurking underneath. While colonies of dust bunnies, in some cases.
Furniture dust is particularly problematic for redistributing dust through your home because drafts tend to blow along the floor. Every time a draft blows through your house, more dust is released back into the home. Consider looking into slender hand vacuums or, on hard floors, a swiffer is a great way to dust underneath furniture.
4) Between Cabinets
Then there are areas that are just plain hard to reach. The space between cabinets, or between the fridge, dishwasher, stove, and cabinets are especially likely to collect dust along with other kitchen-related grunge. And if you can't reach the space, then you can't dust it.
The trick to between-cabinet dusting is a perfectly normal broom handle. Detach the broom handle and use a rubber band/hair tie to attach a wash cloth to the end. Use the wash cloth as your dusting tool at the end of the long handle to clean hard-to-reach spaces.
5) On Top of Upper Cabinets
Many kitchen and bathroom cabinets are inexplicably designed with an unreachable dust trap: The above-cabinet space. If there is a space between the flat top of your cabinets and the ceiling, you can bet there are mountains of dust up there. Just waiting to blow down into the rest of your house when the vents kick on.
You'll need a ladder for this one, and probably a kerchief to cover your nose and mouth. Remember to dust from top to bottom so that when you dump all that extra dust down, you clean it up on further waves of dusting lower surfaces.
6) In Your Old Air Filter
Finally, don't forget that the quality of your air filter matters a lot for clearing dust out of your home. Ideally, your HVAC intake will pull the dusty air in and your air filter will collect all the free-floating dust in your home.
But this only works if your air filter is relatively new, high-quality, and not already packed full of collected dust. A dirty air filter can actually spread dust into your vent system. But a clean one collects the dust you kick up and removes it from circulation.
Change your air filter regularly (every 6-9 months) to make sure that your dusting efforts are not wasted. A Dust Goblin filter can help you collect every scrap of allergens and harmful dust with the special layered technology that only allows clean air to pass through.
For more information about how to reduce the dust in your home or to find out if Dust Goblin is right for you, contact us today!