No matter how many times you dust, within a matter of a few days, there is yet another layer of dust lying on everything. Every time the sun rays enter the room, you can see the dust perched on shelfs and windowsills. Makes you want to sneeze just thinking about it! So, why does dust keep coming and is there anything you can do to reduce the amount that accumulates?
Where does dust come from? Recent studies have shown that most of the dust we see indoors actually comes from outside. Most dust is made up of dead skin cells from people, carpet and furniture fibres, walked-in soil particles and airborne particles from outside, like pollen.
Here are some ways to reduce the amount of dust coming into your workplace and home:
- Reduce the amount of unnecessary stuff
Are your windowsills or desks cluttered with knickknacks that don’t need to be there? It’s far easier to manage dust levels when there are less objects gathering dust. Have a decluttering session and opt for a more minimalist approach to reduce the number of items that are just acting as dust magnets. For help with your office cleaning, consider Office Cleaning Cheltenham with Intocleaning.
- Buy allergen reducing bedding
If you’re suffering from the sniffles during the night, it might not all be coming from outside. Dust mites just love to hunker down in mattresses and bedding, where there are plenty of dead skin cells to feed from! You should think about covering pillows and the mattress in zipped-up allergy-reducing covers that can be hot-washed every couple of months.
- Invest in doormats
Doormats provide a useful function but only if they are used properly. As most dust enters from outdoors, a doormat is the first line of defence to prevent it getting any further inside. Consider industrial strength mats with a rubber backing to be placed at every entrance and exit of the building.
- Air purifiers
Purifying the air can help to eliminate dust before it settles. Place some of these units in strategic areas that see the most traffic to greatly improve the quality of air inside your home or office.
- Humidity control
Ideally, humidity should be around 45%. Dry environments encourage static which attract dust particles.
- Consider upgrading HVAC filters
If your filters haven’t been changed or upgraded for a while, they are probably not working efficiently. Cheap options aren’t going to cut the mustard either. Invest in good quality HVAC filters to prevent dust more effectively.
- Install blinds
A hard-surface blind attracts less dust than curtains and are easier to keep clean. If you absolutely must have curtains, remember to dust them regularly, starting at the top and working down with the brush attachment of your vacuum on a low setting.