What’s the big deal if you sweep one little dust bunny under the rug? Turns out, a lot! Most of the time, when there’s one, more will follow. So, the best thing to do is to get a handle on things before it gets out of control. The question is — how do you get rid of something that keeps coming back? The answer is: PREVENTION. Below are handy tips that you can utilize to prevent dust build-up in your house.
Minimize Dust-Gathering Knickknacks
This would be recommended for rooms where you spend a lot of time such as the living areas and bedrooms. The less things there are for dust mites to latch onto, the less dust you will have to deal with.
Mattresses & Pillow Allergen-Reducing Covers
If you’re allergic to dust mites or wake up with a stuffy nose more often than not, consider buying allergen-reducing covers for your mattresses and pillows. These are zippered in and keep dust mites at bay — just wash the covers in hot water twice a year!
Heavy Duty Doormats
Place heavy-duty commercial-style doormats (tight weave, rubber backs) outside of every door used to enter the house. This helps prevent dust and dirt from being tracked into your home on a daily basis.
Place air purifiers in your most-used rooms to help suck up dust before it settles down. Here at Guardian Technologies™, we have many different product options available, including the AC4100 3-in1 Table-Top Air Purifier with HEPA Filter which fits into small spaces and is aesthetically pleasing.
Stay Away from Cheap Furnaces / Air Conditioning Filters
Cheap filters for your furnace or air conditioner do little to prevent dust. You should choose pleated filters with a higher MERV rating (mean efficiency reporting value), but don’t exceed your furnace’s abilities. Ask a furnace technician for suggestions if you’re unsure.
Stay Away from Drapes
Wood, metal or plastic blinds are easier to clean than drapes. All you have to do is wipe them down with a microfiber cloth or an electrostatic duster. If you have drapes, dust or vacuum rods or valances first, then clean the length with your vacuum’s brush or upholstery tool on lower suction.
Hopefully if you take the steps above, you will be on your way to being dust-free in no time at all!