How to Prevent Dust From Accumulating in Your Newark Home – Sobieski Services | DE, NJ, PA, MD

How to Prevent Dust From Accumulating in Your Newark Home

If you live in an urban area like Newark, understanding how to prevent dust from building up in your home is essential for keeping your living space clean and spotless. Regular cleaning helps, of course, but there’s a lot more you can do to reduce dust.

Trap Dust

Placing heavy-duty doormats outside all of your exterior doors can minimize the amount of dust you track in. For dust that does enter, equip your heating and cooling system with a high-efficiency filter. Choose one with a Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value (MERV) of at least 5. If you have allergies, opt for MERV 10 or 11. In each of your bedrooms and other frequently used rooms, set up portable air cleaners, preferably models with HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filters.

Also, choose models with fans rather than ionic cleaners, which produce harmful ozone. Maintain an indoor humidity level of between 40 to 50 percent. High humidity encourages mold and dust mites, while excessively low humidity increases static electricity buildup.

Clean Efficiently

Knowing which cleaning products to select is a big part of learning how to prevent dust accumulation. For dusting, choose a microfiber cloth or electrostatic duster. These pick up dust rather than spreading it around like a feather duster does. Make sure you choose a vacuum with a HEPA filter. If you have drapes, use your vacuum’s brush or upholstery attachment to clean the valances first, and then the hanging drapes.

Depending on the amount of dust you’re dealing with, you might have to dust your floors and vacuum your carpets and soft furniture at least twice a week. If you dry mop your wood and tile floors with a microfiber mop every day, your dust problems may all but disappear.

Don’t Give Dust a Place to Hide

Keep your surfaces clear of paper, knickknacks and other items that collect dust and slow down your cleaning process. Consider replacing your drapes with metal, wood or plastic blinds, which are easy to wipe clean with a microfiber cloth or electrostatic duster.

At Sobieski Services, Inc., our goal is to help our customers in Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland and New Jersey learn more about energy and home comfort issues – especially HVAC and plumbing issues – so that they can save money and live in healthier, more comfortable homes.

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