By Jake Borjas
House dust is found in the cleanest of homes. In a city, the average six-room house or apartment collects 40 to 50 pounds of dust every year. High levels of dust can result in allergic reactions ranging from nasal congestion to asthma. Though no amount of house cleaning can completely solve the problem, there are many “dust measures” that can help.
Cut down the source of dust in you home by taking the following actions:
· Replace your A/C filter per the manufacturers recommendations. The filter in your air conditioner traps particles and dirt before they go back into your home. Replace worn out filters with an efficient electrostatic filter. Most electrostatic filters carry a charge that attracts and holds dust. High quality filters are made from pleated fabric or paper.
· Clean the dirt out of your ducts. If your home A/Csystem duct’s are dirty, your ventilation system is carrying dust, dirt and other stuff into your household air. Have your ducts cleaned by a professional every two to three years. Removing the dust from the ducts becomes more important if you smoke, have pets, or have a family member with asthma.
· Keep your mattress clean by using a washable protective cover. Regularly vacuum both mattress and base to remove fluff and dust, and mop up any stains and spills quickly with a mild soap and cool water. To kill the dust mites from your bedding, place the item in a garbage bag. Leave the bag in the freezer for an hours or so.
· Your carpet should at all times be free of dirt, dust, lint, and stains. The biggest pro secret is to vacuum all carpets and mats regularly. Do not wait until you can see the dirt. Proper timing of vacuuming can extend the life of your carpet and reduce the need to shampooing up to 50 percent.
· Vacuum all the carpets and draperies frequently to remove the surface dust. Mop or vacuum hard floors rather than sweeping. Use a vacuum with a high efficiency filter. Please notice that dust mites also live in the carpets. Vacuuming does not remove the dust mites. It is a good idea to have your carpet deep cleaned every two years.
· Vacuum furniture, base boards and moldings with a soft brush attachment. Use care to avoid scratching the delicate surfaces. Dust with a damp cloth. Rinse it out occasionally in clear water. Toss dirt dusting cloths in the washer.
It is commonly believed that allergies are caused by an immune problems that recognizes something as a threat in some people and not in others. When the immune system detects what it believes to be a threat to the body, it take steps to combat the perceived intruder. Most symptoms of allergies will disappear when the item is removed from our surroundings. That is why is so important to remove the dust from our household.
Frequent cleaning can help reduce the allergens and irritants that cause allergic reactions. While regular house cleaning is recommended for allergy sufferers, the act of cleaning itself can aggravate the symptoms. It is important to avoid your house cleaning tasks in the presence of someone with allergies.
Clean air is a necessity for healthy living, especially since the majority of the time is spent indoors. Clean habits have a part to play in the matter of staying healthy. If you take the preventive measures detailed on this article, the dust in your home will be significantly reduced in your home.