Dust is a collection of tiny particles, including particles of tissue fibers, paper, hair, pet dander, skin cells, dirt, and more. Accumulation of dust can lead to allergies and other health problems, so it is best to get rid of dust on time. There is no way to completely remove dust, but there are special methods for cleaning, eliminating the mess and air purification, which can significantly reduce the amount of dust that you and your loved ones inhale every day. This article will talk about how to get rid of dust in the house.
Reduce the number of dust sources
90% of the dust is produced in the house itself - these are microparticles of textiles and paper, dead skin cells of the people living in it. Home textiles: curtains, draperies, bedspreads, tablecloths, napkins, upholstery, decorative pillows, carpets, soft toys. Not only are the sources, but also the largest dust collectors. Radical way: replace curtains with blinds, change furniture with fabric upholstery to leather, get rid of carpets. Those who are not ready to give up comfort should knock out carpets once a month on the street, wash the curtains and steam them at least once a month. Upholstered furniture, toys, plaids should be cleaned with a washing vacuum cleaner or patted, covered with a damp cloth. Wash all items that are allowed to wash.
Textiles and clothing
It is better to get rid of down pillows and feather-beds - they are difficult to clean, and a lot of dust accumulates in them. Synthetic substitutes are no worse, and bedding is easier to clean - they can be washed, knocked out, vacuum cleaned. Wash bedding once a week. Peeling epidermis accumulates on it - dust produced by humans. The less cluttered a wardrobe or dressing room is, the cleaner. Throw away unnecessary things or pack hermetically. Store things out of season in cases and boxes. Do not throw clothes around the apartment. Wash floors regularly in clothing storage areas.
Where is dust collected in the house
It is difficult to clean the paper and it produces dust itself. To clean books in the glazed racks, to throw out unnecessary magazines. Let the necessary papers be stored in the authoring files. Figurines, vases and other trinkets collect dirt that is difficult to remove. It is better to get rid of those who are bored, and store objects dear to the heart behind glass. If there are pets in the house, then they need to be combed out and washed. Prevent dust from entering the street: windows and doors should close tightly, dirty street shoes should remain at the doorstep. Paws of pets should be washed after a walk.
It will be very helpful in combating dust with a vacuum cleaner with HEPA or an aquafilter 2 times a week, floors, furniture. The robot vacuum cleaner itself will collect all the garbage and wet cleaning the apartment. Mopping and wiping surfaces. Wipe off dust with a damp microfiber cloth, starting with surfaces above. Dust panicles leave it in the air, from where it again settles everywhere. Use antistatic. It reduces the ability of surfaces to accumulate static charge and attract dust. In hard to reach places - at the top of tall cabinets, lay paper, and simply change it when cleaning.
Equip the ventilation system with filters. The breather holds up street dust, preventing it from entering the house, as is the case with normal ventilation. Air purifier. Delays dust particles. But the radius of action is small, so the device must be rearranged from place to place even within the same room. In order to clean the air throughout the house, you will need several appliances. Humidifier. Dust itself does not remove, but increases humidity, and dust quickly settles, rather than worn in the air.
Actually in winter, when the air in the apartment is dry. A compact unit that should be moved around rooms while maintaining optimal humidity. Replace the humidifier can be an aquarium, a small fountain or indoor plants that need to be sprayed. Do not forget to regularly change the filters in the hoods and any cleaning equipment so that the efficiency does not decrease. Cleanliness in the house is necessary for the comfort and health of people living in it, so it is necessary to fight dust.
Where does the dust come from
The dust is different. It consists not only of sand that enters the apartment with air flows from the window. Dust is also dead skin cells, dandruff, hair, undercoat and pet hair, plant pollen, tiny fibers of tissue, paper and dirt brought from the street on boots.
It is impossible to isolate oneself from dust, but to reduce its amount is real. You just need to organize cleaning and stock up on special gadgets.
How to reduce dust
Cleanliness in the house consists of several points. This is not only regular cleaning, but also the organization of space, especially the entrance to the house. To reduce the amount of dirt in the apartment for a long time, take several measures at once.
The main source of dirt is not an open window, but shoes, especially in the off-season! More than half of the dirt in the house is due to the unclean soles in which we walk along the corridor. Some people walk in shoes even to the main part of the apartment.
The solution is simple: put two rugs at the door. Before the threshold - to wipe his feet, immediately after the threshold - to change shoes. Ask guests to wipe their feet and do not forget to do it yourself. Once every few days, clean the house rug with a vacuum cleaner, and shake the outside once a week when wiping the vestibule.
The shelf for street shoes and boots should ideally be in the vestibule / canopy, but if this is not possible, close to the door to immediately change shoes to your home.
Get a shoe rack. Place slippers on the top shelf, and street shoes on the bottom. This is the most convenient option.
Get it right
The obvious rule is to use vacuum cleaners, mops or steam cleaners at least once a week, or better every other day.
Do not forget to vacuum upholstered furniture, especially in the folds between the back, handles and seat. Curtains also need dusting. Walk along the walls, skirting boards and ceiling.
Miss Cleanliness magazine recommends not using feather panicles for cleaning: they are useless, you just move the dust from the surfaces into the air and it settles again. Get microfiber cleaning cloths or wet wipes.
Bedding and other textiles
No matter how beautiful and soft the rugs and fluffy carpets, they actively collect dust and create it themselves. The same applies to curtains, upholstered furniture, clothes. If you prefer "classic" interiors, you will often have to remove dust.
If you do not clean pillows, mattresses for a long time and do not change bedclothes, particles of skin, dandruff and even dust mites accumulate in all these accessories. Make a habit of vacuuming the mattress every time you change clothes. Blankets, pillows also need attention. Shake out dust several times a year or dry clean items.
If the family is large, do not save and buy a tumble dryer. You don’t have to wait half a day for the clothes to dry, and things will not pick up and scatter microfiber dust around the house. Under the usual dryer, this “gift” always accumulates.
Ventilate the house several times a day, and for the rest of the time keep the windows closed. Dust will fly many times less.
Advice for allergy sufferers - Seal the standard mosquito net with a light cloth, such as chintz or cambric. Make a few removable covers, like for an ironing board, so as not to wash one at a time, but to send them into the washing machine several times a week. And if you also moisten the fabric, allergens will not get into the house at all.
Get rid of excess
Small items on open shelves collect dust and take up a lot of time for cleaning. Either place souvenirs dear to your heart under glass doors, or remove them altogether. Carpet coverings are also dust collectors. If possible, discard them.
Do not forget to meticulously evaluate plush toys (yours and yours) - how many of them make sense to store on an open shelf, and how many can be put in a drawer under the lid?
Beauty is the key to cleanliness
Pets are often blamed for the fur on the floor, but people themselves “poke” a lot. Dandruff, skin peel, fallen hair - all this turns into dirt. Pay attention to how much hair remains on the comb after styling, how often you have to wash your hair, is there any “snow” on the shoulders? All this is not only a threat to cleanliness and comfort, but also signs of problems with the dermis and other organs.
Take care of yourself (Miss Purity magazine recommends consulting with a therapist and dermatologist): drink vitamins, change shampoo and lotion to better or more suitable for you, do not forget about hand and body creams, and, of course, love yourself and take any situations in life and at work philosophically.
Take time for your pets
An unkempt cat or dog carries its hair around the house. Take care of pets: they are very convenient to tidy up on a tiled or other smooth floor. Use special “nappies” that gently comb out without harming the pet. Although cats often love metal combs, this is easy to guess if the cat purrs when you scratch it with your nails.
An equally important aspect is animal nutrition: a lack of vitamins causes active molting. The main symptom is that the pet discards the coat, out of season, i.e. in summer or winter.
Do not forget about green pets: dust accumulates on indoor plants in huge quantities.
An irreplaceable thing for an allergy sufferer is a dust collector. This device absorbs dust directly from the air, simultaneously cleaning it from odors and toxic substances.
Indirectly, the amount of dust is affected by air humidity. Ideally, it should be maintained at 50%. Modern gadgets can include both functions: humidification and dust collection.
It will not be possible to completely get rid of dust, but we are able to limit its ingress to the house. Clean correctly, in extreme cases, install gadgets - and your home will stay clean longer.
Regular wet cleaning
It is easier to maintain cleanliness in the house every day than once a month to arrange general cleaning in a neglected room. Wet cleaning will not only help get rid of dust, but also freshen the air. It takes a quarter hour to wipe the floors with a damp mop and dust. Doing this is enough two to three times a week, and the effect will be noticeable immediately.
One correct rag will replace dozens of ordinary ones in efficiency. Thanks to special fibers, the microfiber rag not only collects the maximum amount of dust, but also holds it. Before cleaning, a rag should be slightly moistened. And wash immediately after cleaning. After washing, do not use conditioner, softened fabric will be worse in collecting and retaining dust.
Store books and magazines properly
Newspapers, magazines, books collect dust, and over time, worn pages themselves become its source. Books should be stored in closed cabinets, and magazines and newspapers should be disposed of whenever possible. If they are needed, then it is better to store them in boxes or bags. Another option is to allocate a room that is least used for the archive. Then the dust will not spread throughout the apartment.
Cleaning of bedding and upholstered furniture
Upholstery of sofas, poufs and armchairs, blankets and pillows is another category of dust collectors. Each time, sitting on a sofa or whipping pillows, we raise a cloud of dust into the air. To avoid this, upholstered furniture should be vacuumed once every two weeks. Emboss blankets and pillows once a month and ventilate, and wash or dry clean once a year. Bed sheets should be changed every 7 to 10 days.
Get rid of rubble, trinkets
Figurines, candles, and souvenirs on open shelves accumulate dust very quickly. But to clean all these small things takes a lot of time. It is advisable to get rid of unnecessary trinkets. Those that are valuable or expensive as a memory, it is better to put in glass or put in a container.
Curtains, bedspreads, wraps, rugs, plaids, tablecloths, in addition to collecting dust, also produce it. Once on the surface, dirt particles quickly penetrate inside and settle in the fibers. It is advisable to minimize daily used textiles. For example, to lay an elegant tablecloth just before the guests arrive or to replace the curtains with blinds.
Maintain order in cabinets
Clothing is another source of dust. The fewer things in the closet, the freer they hang, the air is unlimited, there is less dust. Periodic revision of the wardrobe and removal of unnecessary things from it will add a lot of points to cleanliness in the house. Seasonal items are best stored in boxes or bags. And the inside of the cabinet is subject to wet cleaning from time to time.
Care for animals
If pets live at home, they also contribute to the appearance of dust. This is wool, particles of skin, dandruff. In order to minimize damage, animals must be regularly combed carefully. It is also necessary from time to time to arrange wet cleaning of houses, beds and wash bedding.
The apartment must be aired. But at the same time remember that a significant part of the polluting particles gets into the room from the street. Therefore, in order to fill the rooms with really fresh air, airing is carried out during or immediately after rain. Another option is to use ventilation devices with filters.