It has been some time since I have posted on a subject that this blog is supposed to be about. Cleaning. Of all of the things that we clean on a daily basis, what is the one thing that you might think we dispose of the most?
If you guessed soap scum, kitchen grease or something else altogether, you would be mistaken. The one thing that we take the most out of a home is dust. That’s right, dust. It is in every nook and cranny of a home and it is the one thing that we can spend the most time on in each and every home we clean.
Do you know what makes up dust? There has been a lot written about dust lately so you may very well know. In case you don’t here are the ingredients for a good dust (in no particular order):
First, you must have dead skin cells. Lots and lots of those. Luckily we and our pets provide that by shedding dead skin cells every day. As we walk through our homes it just sloughs off and falls to the floor to become dust. Oh, and the fibers from our clothes, furniture, carpeting and curtains that get thrown into the air. Don’t forget the things that we either bring inside our homes such as dirt that we have walked through. Throw in some dander from our pets, pollen from indoor plants and the body parts and fecal matter from bugs and you have a lovely dust.
As these ingredients fall to the ground, they are trampled on by the occupants of a home and ground finer and finer. Sooner or later they become airborne and eventually settle, most often on a flat surface such as shelving, ceiling fan blades, picture frames, etc.
Dust is a natural part of life and while a little dust is not harmful, per se, it can exacerbate allergies and asthma. You can’t get rid of it, but you can control it by;
Cleaning your heating and air conditioning vents. Dust gathers rapidly on these and when the heating or air conditioning system comes on it is distributed throughout the home.
Use humidifiers and air purifiers.
Vacuum your home at least once per week, making sure to not only do the floors, but also the furniture and draperies.
Dust your home at least twice per week. Do not use feather dusters, like the woman in the illustration. These just throw dust into the air and distribute it elsewhere. We always use a microfiber dusting cloth which picks up much more dust than an ordinary cloth.
The next time somebody in your home gets smart and writes “clean me” in the furniture, take their advice. We can’t avoid dust, but we can control it.