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How to Get Rid of Dust

Cleaning 101: What Is Dust?

Sometimes it seems the minute you finish dusting your house, it's time to start all over again. Dust finds its way under, around, and on top of just about everything, creating a fine layer of mess that doesn't seem to stop. Whether you're using fancy dusters or homemade solutions, dust always seems to find a way to accumulate over and over again. Keep reading for a few interesting facts and helpful tips for banishing dust from your home.

What is dust? Ever wondered what the heck dust actually is? Well, you might not want to know. Dust is a fine, dry particle comprised of earth or waste matter that finds its way to the ground or any surface area. It's often moved and carried through the air until it finds a sticking point. Pollen, human skin cells, pet dander, textile fibers, and human and animal hairs are major components of common dust particles.

Read on for ways to banish dust from your home.

What causes dust? Dust is the natural decomposition of just about everything around us. From your living room ceiling to that tree outside your window, the breakdown and movement of natural and man-made things create fine particles that then become airborne. The wind causes dust particles to move naturally, while construction sites or heavily trafficked areas produce dust that can be very bothersome and unhealthy. During certain times of year, dust production naturally climbs higher due to pollen from budding plants and trees

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How can I get rid of dust? Although there is no way to completely eradicate dust from your home, there are ways to keep it in check. Using dusters helps collect and hold dust but can move dust around instead of eliminating it. Cleaning with a furniture polish or damp cloth lifts dust from surfaces. Regular vacuuming removes dust and dander, especially if you have wall-to-wall carpeting. And don't forget to give your furniture a good vacuuming, too. Changing filters in heating and cooling units creates healthy airflow within your home, and placing mats in front of exterior doors prevents dirt accumulation. During high pollen times of the year, keeping windows closed will keep dust particles from finding their way into your home and cut back on allergic reactions.

Is dust dangerous? The body naturally protects from dust by filtering what comes into the body through the nose and the tubes leading to the lungs. But there are certain dusts that can cause irritation. During high pollen counts, dust can cause itchy eyes and stuffy noses. And some people are allergic to dust mites, which can cause symptoms such as headaches, congestion, irritated eyes, and lethargy. House dust mites thrive in human environments where dust is present and can be problematic due to an enzyme excreted through their feces; mites can also be a trigger for asthma.

Will dust come back? Sadly, as soon as your house is sparkling clean, dust will make its way back within a few days. Reducing the amount of dust producers in your home will reduce the amount of time needed to keep it clean. A house with pets, older homes, or locations close to busy streets generate more dust. Sticking to a regular dusting schedule, including a thorough vacuuming, will help maintain the dust, creating a nice and dust-free home.

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