Spring Cleaning 101: Dust

Did you know that the average four-person household generates about 40 pounds of dust per year? While there’s no way to eliminate this dust, there are ways to minimize it. Here’s a few tips to keep in mind while spring cleaning…

Use the top-down approach.

Dust is like snow, it falls from top to bottom. You should dust your home in this direction to avoid cleaning the same areas twice. Start with the ceiling fans, then move to the walls, countertops, and baseboards before cleaning the floor last.

Ditch the feather duster.

Opt for a microfiber cloth when dusting your home. They are electrostatically charged, meaning they attract dust particles and trap them for good. Feather dusters, on the other hand, are ineffective, scattering dust into the air instead of collecting it.

Don’t forget your carpets.

Since dust falls in a downwards direction, your carpets are one of the dustiest surfaces in your home. Vacuuming every week (every couple of days in areas with heavy foot traffic) and deep cleaning your carpet once per year can keep this dust to a minimum.

Use hypoallergenic covers in the bedroom.

Dust mites are known to hide out in our mattress, pillows, and bedsheets – where we spend about eight hours every day. Hypoallergenic covers keep these dust mites out, are easy to clean, and can even extend the lifespan of your bed.

Invest in an air filtration system.

Stray airborne dust particles can trigger sneezing, coughing, itchy eyes, and other allergic reactions. The best way to eliminate airborne particles is with a professionally-installed air purification system.

Have your air ducts cleaned.

Air ducts are notorious for harboring dust, pollen, pet dander, mold, and several other allergens. These pollutants can circulate throughout your home, compromising indoor air quality. This buildup can also limit airflow and increase the wear-and-tear on your HVAC system. For these reasons, experts recommend having your air ducts professionally cleaned every 3-5 years.

The Air Treatment Company offers a variety of products and services designed to keep your home clean and dust-free, such as our air purification systems. If you live in Fairfax County, Virginia, call (703) 270-0881 to get started with a free estimate.

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