Combating dust in your home can be one of the most frustrating parts of cleaning. Sometimes, no matter how much you clean your home, the dust seems to accumulate more rapidly than you can keep up with it. The truth is you may be finding more dust in your home for reasons you may not even realize. If you want to stay on top of dust and find ways to help maintain a clean home learn about the six secret ways that you may actually be inviting dust into your home.

Not Vacuuming Enough

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Carpets are a wonderful hiding place for dirt. For those who have allergies to dust, having as little carpet in your home would be the best option. To minimize this hidden dirt and debris be sure to vacuum your carpets and floors routinely using a good vacuum that is emptied out regularly.

Not Asking Guests to Remove Their Shoes

One of the quickest ways to bring dust and dirt into a home is on the soles of your shoes. It is funny how we view the ground outside as being dirty but do not realize that that dirt will stay on the bottoms of your shoes. Make a habit of removing shoes when entering your home and ask your guests to do the same.

Ignoring Your Air Filters

Air filters are an essential part of the ventilation system in your home, but allowing your air filters to become too dirty and failing to replace them can cause a buildup of dust throughout your home. Make sure to change your air filter at least once a month and check them mid-month if you have pets.

Leaving Clutter or Unneeded Decor Around Your Home

Unnecessary clutter and decorative items will add to the dust accumulation in your home and make dusting more difficult than it has to be. If you don’t like to dust a lot, ditch the knickknacks and get rid of clutter that you will not ever use.

Ignoring the Dust on Your Blinds

Blinds, shades, and window coverings attract dust and are often items that are overlooked during daily cleaning. Not only will these items accumulate dust but they quickly distribute it through your home by being opened and closed throughout the day. Wipe them down thoroughly every few weeks and use a duster to remove the bulk of the dust during routine cleaning.

Not Laundering Your Linens and Blankets

Dead skin cells, hair, and dirt accumulate every day on sheets, pillows, blankets, and bed linens though we tend to wash these items infrequently at best. To reduce the amount of dust and debris that accumulates on your bedding, make it a regular part of your washing routine and be sure to change all of your bedding at least once a week. Don’t be tempted to simply mask the odor or freshen your bedding by using air fresheners as these actually don’t remove any of the dirt.

To sufficiently eradicate dust, you must first determine how and where it is hiding. Make conquering dust a breeze by identifying the causes of dust in your home and eliminating or controlling them.

Mum’s Two Cents

Dust can trigger allergies if left unchecked. It is a wise move to follow the tips mentioned above to keep dust from your home, especially away from your precious little ones.

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