A common problem in many homes, dust will settle on just about any surfaces in a room and can aggravate allergies and asthma conditions. Furthermore, dust will make the room dirty and can contain toxins that cause various health problems. The best defence against dust is prevention. There are several methods that will help keep the room dust free. Once you've removed all dust from the room, take the necessary precautions to keep the dust at bay.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Microfiber cloth
- Plastic zippered bags
- Vacuum with HEPA filter
- Air purifier with HEPA filter
- Hardwood flooring
Empty the room and clean it thoroughly with microfiber cloths. Scrub from the ceiling and work your way downward. Store items in plastic bags that feature a zipper opening. Keep items off the floor.
Dust the room twice a week with a microfiber cloth. Dampen the cloth with cool water to help keep the dust from spreading through the air while you're working. Start dusting from the highest point in the room and move your way down.
Vacuum the room regularly with a sweeper that features a HEPA filter. The HEPA filter will reduce the amount of dust particles in the air. Run the vacuum after dusting the room.
Provide the room with fresh air when possible by opening the windows. Use fans and fresh air to cool the room down instead of air conditioners.
Run an air purifier with a HEPA filter attached. The air purifier will free the air of allergens and particles such as dust and odours.
Install blinds over windows instead of heavy curtains. Curtains will trap dust and reintroduce it in the air whenever the curtains are disturbed.
Keep pets out of the room. Pets introduce dander into the air, which will settle on surfaces.
Remove carpeting and replace it with hardwood floors. Carpets trap dust, dander and other allergens in their fibres. By switching to hardwood floors, you'll increase the value of your home and reduce the amount of dust.
Tips and warnings
- Wear a dust mask when cleaning the room.
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