Dust in the home can really cause a whole range of different problems for those living there, whether human or even animal!
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You might be looking for a way to prevent dust from getting into your home, or at least a way of reducing the amount of it in your home, because you or your family are suffering with allergies as a result.
If those living in the home repeatedly suffer with sneezing fits, chances are it is because of dust. Other allergies can include skin problems or even infections. Asthma sufferers are also likely to suffer more if there is a lot of dust in the home.
Of course, along with dust comes dust mites, and these little critters can really be a nuisance.
Anyone sensitive enough to dust might find that they suffer more with their allergies or, if they have them, respiratory problems.
Dust is found to contain moulds, pet dander, fibers, and even dust mites, which are microscopic creatures. In fact, dust mites are actually capable of causing quite a bit of harm, and are more prevalent in warm and/or humid conditions.
The good news is that there are steps that you can take to remedy the problem of dust in your home, even helping to eliminate dust and its associated problems.
Let us have a look at some ideas that will help you and your family enjoy a dust free home environment:
1. Remove The Clutter
If you have a house full of rugs, carpets, furniture, ornaments, shelving, and so on, you might want to consider getting rid of some of it.
The more items you have in your home, the more places there are for the accumulation of dust. Obviously, dust mites will thrive in items such as carpets, bedding, rugs, and curtains, so consider removing these from your home and replacing them with tiles or some other kind of floor or window coverings.
2. Clean Regularly
One of the best defenses against the accumulation of dust is cleaning and to this end, it is important that you make sure that you clean your home regularly.
This means that you not only dust and wash walls, floors, and so on, but that you also clean inside closets and other storage areas.
These are great places for dust accumulation, so by keeping everything clean you will eliminate much of the dust from your home. If you do have wooden surfaces in your home, be sure to clean these as well. You should also ensure that they are varnished, which will help to prevent dust particles from accumulating.
3. Tackle Damp
Make living conditions unsuitable for dust mites by checking your home for any damp areas. Damp areas also attract mould as well as fungus and these can cause many unpleasant health reactions.
4. Change Linen Often
Make sure that you change your bedding and curtains frequently. These items attract dust mites so you want to be sure to wash them often. Do so in hot water to destroy the mites.
5. Keep Shoes Clean
Shoes track in a lot of dust so you want to be diligent about cleaning them. It is also a good idea to keep then in an area that is well aired out and in separate storage containers or boxes.
6. Get Rid Of Dust Catchers
A dust catcher is anything that provides a place for dust to accumulate. These would include ornaments, plants, artificial flowers, and so on.
7. Good Ventilation
You might think that you need to ensure that all doors and windows are kept tightly closed in order to prevent dust in your home, however if a room is not ventilated well, the air does not circulate as much. This can actually encourage dust mites to thrive, so it is a good idea to ensure that the rooms in your home are well ventilated with good air circulation.
8. Stuffed Toys And Your Kids
If your child or children suffer with allergies and/or respiratory problems, it is a good idea to discourage stuffed toys.
The reason for this is that toys such as these actually provide a safe harbor for dust mites.
On the other hand, if certain stuffed toys just cannot be done without, you should make sure to wash them regularly.