A dusty home just looks dirty, and it’s definitely not good for your health. So this winter, when the natural ventilation of open windows isn’t realistic or energy efficient, you can combat airborne dust while keeping your home shut tight.
Here are six ways to control airborne dust this winter:
- Throw away clutter. Knickknacks tend to gather and trap more dust than flat surfaces. They also are harder to clean. Store your precious treasures in a glass display case, and donate or dispose of any items that you don’t really need or want.
- Clean electronics more often. Television screens and monitors are a perfect spot for airborne dust to settle, so you’ll need to clean them regularly. Also, be sure to clean behind computer towers and TVs, so dust doesn’t build up there either.
- Dust kitchen and laundry room appliances. Accumulated dust on the back of the dryer and the bottom of the fridge can impact your equipment’s lifespan. Once a year, take a vacuum to these areas, and get rid of caked-on dust.
- Give your bedroom some attention. It’s not a public area of your home, so you may put off dusting and vacuuming as much as you do in highly visible areas. However, curtains and bed linens attract plenty of dust, so it’s imperative that you give this room as much attention, if not more, than other areas. Otherwise, you’ll be left sleeping in the dustiest room and breathing airborne dust all night long.
- Clean soft furnishings. It’s easy to wipe off hard surfaces, but carpets, drapes and couches need to be cleaned, as well. Vacuum or launder the drapes on occasion, and vacuum carpets and couches often to prevent dust mites from thriving.
- Establish a cleaning routine. Choose a day to dust and vacuum each week. Start in one corner, and work your way around the room, being sure to hit every surface on the way. Vacuum the floor last to suck up the fallen dust.
These tips require you to clean more frequently, but they are an excellent way to get rid of airborne dust and ensure that your indoor air quality remains high. For more information about maintaining clean indoor air, please contact Modern Mechanical for your Northern Virginia home today.
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