Are you fed up with dust and constantly cleaning it? Dusting can take quite a while, which is annoying and dreadful.
Still, you don’t want dust lying on your shelves for too long. These tiny particles of skin and dander aren’t only ugly but dangerous. In most cases, it’s what triggers different allergies by filling your lungs.
The problem is that much more severe if you have pets. Our furry friends leave hair and dander on our floors and furniture, more so if they’re also going outside sometimes.
Still, cleaning can sometimes be time-consuming. For this reason, you should try and do a few things to prevent dust from piling up as much as possible.
Now, if you’re finally tired of dealing with it, check the article below. In only a few minutes, you’ll discover some of the quickest ways to get rid of dust.
1. Don’t skip on cleaning and maintenance
The first step is to try and avoid dust from piling up. This is sometimes easier said than done, but you can at least try.
Clear any clutter and try not to pile things like documents, books, boxes, and other such items. These are dust magnets as you’ll notice if you leave them lying a few days.
Another good trick to avoid dust is to keep the windows closed. This is especially crucial if you live near a beach or another sandy/dusty road. You probably didn’t notice it, but lots of the dust on your shelves actually came from the outside.
Regular cleaning and maintenance make it easier to deal with the tiny particles. For this reason, it might be a good idea to get some cleaning wet-wipes for a quick clean-up while you’re waiting for that email response.
2. Clean the shelves
All the surfaces of your home probably have dust on them; some more than others. The best way to deal with this is by using a good, old microfiber cloth.
You should have a few dusting cloths that you’ll use just for this. Go from top to bottom as particles tend to fly around and fall on the floor. If you go from the bottom up, you’ll probably have to clean the bottom twice.
A good trick is to use an extendable duster for the surfaces you cannot reach. Some shelves are just too high up, and what about that chandelier? Use an extendable duster with a microfiber cloth to reach these areas with ease.
In most cases, you should do this with a dry cloth to avoid messing up any furniture or art pieces. However, if a surface can tolerate a little bit of water, you can use a cleaning concentrate or an all-purpose cleaner to make your furniture shinier.
3. A quick solution for the floors
Bare floors tend to show more dust than carpets, but make no mistake, carpets can get quite dusty as well. If you have pets, the amount of dust and dander is that much higher.
The best way to tackle the issue is by using a good vacuum cleaner. People often turn to sweep the bare floors, but what that does is send the dust back in your breathing space.
Instead, you should invest in a reliable and versatile vacuum cleaner. Modern vacs now feature the latest of the technology and can tackle all kinds of dirt, dust, and allergens.
Think about the kind of vacuum you want and need. Is it a stick, canister, upright, or handheld? These are all useful and convenient; it’s just a matter of figuring out which works the best for your floors.
Another thing you should pay attention to is the set of attachment your vac has. Before opting for a particular unit, you should check the tools and accessories it comes with. Some of the best vacuum cleaners come with a vast number of different tools for floors and above-floor surfaces.
The more features and accessories, the more expensive the unit is. Luckily, some of the most affordable ones come with a crevice tool and a dusting brush which is all you’ll need most of the time. These should be enough to tackle dust from different surfaces.
4. Make sure to change the filters
Even if you have the best and latest vacuum from the most expensive brand, you shouldn’t neglect regular maintenance.
Vacuums can only do so much with filters and brushes. From time to time, the unit requires maintenance to perform as well as it did at the beginning.
If you fail to wash or replace the filters, your vac will start blowing the dust back into your room. This can be quite dangerous because you probably won’t notice it happening right away.
Check the user manual to see what the manufacturer says about maintenance. It’s critical that you don’t ignore this if you want your vacuum to pick up dust as efficiently as ever.
5. Don’t forget the curtains
Most people tend to forget about curtains even though they collect the most dust. They’re the closest to your windows where so much dust comes from.
So, even if you clean the entire house, you’ll probably have dust on the shelves the very next day if you didn’t wash the curtains.
How you’ll deal with this depends on the type of curtains you have. If you have regular lace curtains, you should wash them accordingly.
If you have blinds, you should dust them with a microfiber duster regularly. Even if they seem clean, it’s better to run a duster across them to prevent buildup.
Skipping this step will lead to dust buildup, which is pretty challenging to deal with when it comes to blinds. It’s because blinds are so fragile and have many nooks and crannies for the dust to hide in.
Waiting too long might make it impossible to clean them after a while. In some cases, it’s easier to buy another set than clean the old one though that’s an expense you can avoid by regular dusting.