We like to share tips on just about everything here at 10 Tips, and some of the most common questions revolve around keeping the home clean. It’s one of those never-ending jobs, so people rightly try to spend as little time on it as they can, primarily because they know that they’ll just have to do it again sometime soon.
The main culprit throughout the home is often dust. It feels like it comes from nowhere and even if you’re particularly thorough, the chances are that it will be out in full force once again within a week. Rather than working harder, it might be time to work smarter by cutting dust buildup in the first place. Make a start on making that happen with these 10 great tips!
1. Make Your Bedding a Priority
Your bedding is a source of more dust than just about anywhere else throughout your home, and it should be a priority when it comes to cleaning schedules. You spend a lot of time in bed, and you can’t really control how much dust accumulates from your skin and other factors. That’s why you’ll find dust mites more in the bedroom than anywhere else throughout the home. If you want to truly stay on top of the dust problem in your home, it starts in the bedroom and you should aim to wash your bedding at least once a week to make the whole dusting process easier.
2. Cut Down on Clutter
We’ve written before on the importance of keeping clutter to a minimum in the home, and if you weren’t already convinced, then the opportunity to cut down on the amount of dust that builds up throughout your home might be just the reason you need to stay on top of things. The more clutter you have, the more places there are for the dust to settle, and it doesn’t necessarily stay in the same place for long. Make a habit of getting rid of random piles of items you’ll never use again and focus on general tidiness for the best improvements.
3. Start at the Top and Work Downwards
We’ll assume that you’ve dusted your home before, and it won’t have escaped your attention that the dust has to go somewhere. You might have some decent cloths that retain most of the dirt, but a lot of it will still travel downwards. That’s why you don’t vacuum until after you’ve dusted. It is worth going a step further and always starting upstairs, as the dust particles in the air will travel down the stairs and settle where you don’t want them otherwise.
4. Try an Air Purifier
Allergy sufferers and asthmatics swear by air purifiers, but they can be helpful to just about anyone. The filters in these devices need changing reasonably regularly, but that’s because of how much they keep hold of. Dust is invariably better in a filter than on your furniture, so consider grabbing a helping hand from a specially-designed device.
5. Increase Your Vacuuming Schedule
As we’ve already noted, dust doesn’t require a second invitation to move from one place to another. The floors of your home make up the most significant surface, so that’s where most dust ends up. Sure, it’s better there than somewhere visible, but foot traffic can disturb it and make your job harder. Stay on top of the dust on the floor by vacuuming regularly – at least twice a week is always a good idea.
6. Don’t Neglect Wooden Floors
It can be hard to spot dust on wooden floors unless the buildup is unusually thick. However, you can rest assured that it’s there, and you’ll need to work to keep those floors just as tidy as your carpets. Fortunately, you don’t need to do anything special and just sweeping or mopping will get the job done to a sufficient standard. Try to get into the habit of doing it when you vacuum, as a twice per week schedule is ideal here too.
7. Upgrade Your Cloths
We mentioned that your results would vary depending on the cloths you use and that could represent an opportunity. If you’re still accustomed to using your trusty old yellow dusters, consider upgrading to microfibre cloths. They not only achieve great results, but they hold on to much of the dust, ensuring that you’re not just moving it around the place.
8. Adopt a No Shoes Policy
If you wonder where all that dust can possibly come from, a lot of it comes in from outside. Dirty shoes, or even those that appear clean, can harbour more dirt than you might think. If you ask guests and family members to remove their shoes before they enter, you stand a better chance of cutting back on dust buildup throughout the home.
9. Don’t Forget the Pets
Even animals that seem particularly clean can’t always be relied upon to keep your home dust-free, especially as fur is another excellent way to transport dust from outside into your home. The chances are you take pride in your pet’s appearance already, but there’s always room to improve any grooming schedule. Wash them regularly, and always try to vacuum straight after you brush them so that dander and other particles don’t spread throughout your house faster than you can keep up with them.
10. Consider Bringing In an Expert
If you feel like you simply don’t have enough hours in the day to stay on top of dust as it appears, there’s no harm in getting a cleaner in once or twice a week. Their experience can prove valuable and more than pay for itself, as they’ll know which surfaces are likely to attract dust and which areas of the home are likely to be the dustiest in general. It’s an added expense, but between the time you save and the experience you bring into the fold, you might well find it to be worth it.