Ridding your home of dust feels never-ending as it requires constant attention. While normal household dust doesn’t typically pose a significant risk to the average person’s health, it can worsen the symptoms of hay fever, leading to a stuffy or runny nose, and irritated eyes. It also contributes to your home appearing dirty! The best way to reduce the amount of dust and allergens in your home is with proper cleaning techniques.
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Cleaning your house regularly will keep the dust count low. Below, we look at a Dyson microbiologist’s expert cleaning tips for eliminating dust and allergens from your home.
Bedroom Cleaning Tips
-Wash bedding on a 140°F or 195°F washes to help to break down and reduce allergens.
-Wash or replace duvets and pillows to reduce the number of dust mites and skin flakes present in your bed.
-Vacuum both sides of your mattress to remove dust mites and skin flakes.
Kitchen Cleaning Tips
-Remove dust from kitchen cabinets tops, using either a vacuum with an advanced filtration system or by dusting with a clean damp cloth or cleaning wipes.
-Clear kitchen counters and cupboards to deep clean. Vacuum to remove dust and debris, then wash with warm water and detergent.
-Follow up by drying all surfaces.
-Empty the fridge and freezer, and clean all surfaces with warm water and detergent or cleaning product.
-Vacuum round the back and under the fridge and freezer, without forgetting the cooler element on the back as this will improve performance.
Living Room Cleaning Tips
-Vacuum the places not regularly vacuumed, such as under furniture.
-Vacuum your sofa and armchairs, which can harbor large debris along with dust mites, skin flakes, and other allergens such as pollen. Wash any coverings and cushions to reduce the level of dust caught within them.
Walls Curtains and Blinds
-A lot of dust can gather in curtains and blinds. Make sure you vacuum them with a soft brush tool or launder them if possible and practical.
-Remove dust from walls by dusting with a damp cloth, cleaning wipes, or using a vacuum with advanced filtration. Dust on certain wall types can contribute towards the growth of mold.
Lighting and Heating Goods
-Dust lights and light fittings. Dust can gather in lampshades and light fittings which can burn on hot bulbs producing VOCs and odor, or be moved around the room by the production of warm air around the bulbs.
-Dust behind radiators — a hidden place often missed during normal cleaning. Significant dust collects behind the radiator and this can be distributed around the room by the airflow produced by the warm air from the radiator.
This article originally appeared on our sister site, Homes to Love.