Control Dust In Your Home With Steps That Make A Difference
One of the best times of year to control dust in your home in the Wilmington area is during the winter when your windows are closed. Not only is dust a nuisance, it can also irritate allergies and asthma. Most of the dust in your home comes from the people living it, the pets and all the fibers inside. Your clothes, furniture, carpeting and bedding are all significant sources of dust as is your skin.
- Put clothing you rarely wear inside plastic containers in your closet. Keep items off the closet floors to make it easier to vacuum.
- Launder your bed sheets at least once a week to cut down on the lint. Clean bedding also reduces the population of dust mites in your home. Wash or dry clean blankets and bedspreads several times a year and shake them outdoors monthly to freshen them.
- When you dust the furniture, use a damp cloth to pick up the dust. Use your vacuum sparingly to control dust in your home except for carpeting and furniture. When you vacuum a hard surface, you may stir up more dust unless the bags you use capture minute dust particles. If you have hard surface flooring, use a vacuum that doesn’t have an agitator bar or one that can be turned off or raised to avoid spreading dust all over.
- Take rugs and furniture cushions outdoors when the weather is warmer in the winter to get rid of the excessive dust they collect. You can shake the rugs and work the dust loose on the cushions by hitting them with a tennis racket.
- Run your air handler or furnace blower after you vacuum to send the dusty air through the furnace’s filter. You can also choose a denser filter to capture more airborne particulates. Filters carry MERV ratings, and the higher the number, the better the filter performs, although it’s important to discuss this kind of air filtration with an HVAC company first — the wrong filter size can cause your system to overwork and increase utility costs!
We at Sobieski Services can help you lower the dust in your home. Contact us if you’d like to learn more.
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