Domestic Cleaning Tips – 7 Ways to Reduce Dust at Home

updated: 07/02/2024

What a dust is?

Dust is a term related to small particles which are suspended in the atmosphere. It comes from a wide variety of sources. For example common household dust comes from skin particles and fabrics while industrial dust comes from wood and metal materials. The fine particles are not visible to the human eye, but when concentrated, they may form a visible haze in the atmosphere. The tiny flakes which shed from our bodies and fabrics settle all around your house. In some places the dust stays still while in other areas where frequent movements happen, they rise in the air and settle on another place. Fighting the dust is almost impossible, but following these simple step may help you reduce the amount of the dust at home and save you efforts.

Change bedding

We spend significant time in bed and bedding collects a large amount of skin flakes. You need to change pillow cases and sheets every week to reduce the amount of dust in the bedroom. Duvets and blankets could be washed less frequently, but you can at least shake them outside to remove some of the accumulated dust. Even the clean linen shed fibres, but this is normal.

Capture dust

When cleaning your house, use a damp cloth to remove the dust, rather than a feather duster or a dry cloth. Use the attachments of your vacuum cleaner to clean difficult to reach areas where dust is usually gathering.

Shake area rugs

Carpets and rugs absorb a huge amount of dust and they need to be vacuumed regularly to reduce the amount of dust and dust mites stuck in their fibres. Some people which suffer dust allergies have found a solution and instead of carpet, they install hard floors in their homes. Rugs are a great addition to a hard floor, but they need to be beaten in order to give them a more thorough cleaning as beating removes more dust than vacuuming. Consider investing into a small rug-beater machine – your house cleaning will never be the same with that little piece of equipment in your cleaning cupboard.

Beat upholstery cushions

Upholstery also absorbs dust and we raise fine particles stuck into the fibres every time we sit down. Same as the carpet and rugs, upholstery needs to be vacuumed at least once a week. In addition cushions should be taken outside and beaten to remove the dust. An alternative to the fabric upholstery is leather which doesn’t absorb dust and could be cleaned easily with a damp cloth.

Clean the air

Open windows regularly especially while cleaning. Although dust from outside will enter in your home, having a fresh air improves the indoor air quality.

Use light fabric curtains

Do not use blinds on your windows. Instead use curtains made of a light fabric material which could be washed easily. Wash them every couple of months or whenever you feel it is time.

Keep floors clear

You need to find a place for all items which lay on the floor to make it more accessible when vacuuming. If the floor is cluttered, the chances to miss certain areas when vacuuming are bigger.

About the author 

Nick Vassilev

Nick blogs about cleaning. He is a cleaning expert with more than 25 years of experience. He is also an NCCA-certified carpet cleaner. Founder and CEO of Anyclean.