How to Dust-Proof Your Home.
Arm yourself with these proven strategies in the battleto banish dust from your home. You will need A mattress and pillow covers A vacuum cleaner A damp mop Product to spray rags for dusting HEPA air filter for furnace A portable HEPAfilter unit Wood, vinyl, or tile flooring(optional) Shades or blinds (optional) A HEPA Decorating With Home Accessories filter for your vacuum (optional) and an old tennis racket (optional). Step 1. Understandthat dust comes from the tiny flakes of skin we constantly shed, fibers shed by fabrics,insect parts, pet dander, hair, pollen grains and mold spores, and dust mites. Step 2. Learn the places where dust hides, such as deep inside carpet, drapery, upholstered furniture,mattresses, and on hard surfaces, including all of those knick-knacks decorating yourhome.
If you can, replace wall-to-wall carpeting with wood, vinyl, or tile, and drapes withshades or blinds that are easier to keep free of dust. Step 3. Enclose your mattresses and pillows in zippered, dust-proof covers. If you don’t like plastic or vinyl, look for Okay, so right now we’re going to replace a front fender on a Nissan Sentra. You can see that this one is… fabric, allergen-impermeable covers. Step4.
Vacuum the carpeting and upholstered furniturefrequently. Damp mop floor and walls. Attaching a HEPA filter, available at some vacuum storesand allergy supply companies, to your vacuum cleaner will prevent some of that dust from circulating back into the air. Step 5. Take your area rugs and cushions outside to shakethem vigorously or beat them every week. Some people like to use an old tennis racket. Step6.
Don’t just move the dust around using feather dusters or dry rags – capture it! Use damprags or spray your rags with a product that will hold the dust. Step 7. Wash sheets andblankets in hot water every week. Cold water leaves up to ten percent of dust mites behind. Dry cleaning also kills mites. Step 8.
Install a HEPA air filter on your furnace or purchasea central air filtration unit, if you have forced-air heating and cooling. A portableHEPA filter unit may also help remove dust from the air. Did you know Did you know? Atypical used mattress can have up to 10 million dust mites inside.