Double The Occupancy, Double The Dust! Home Improvement by Garry Brown - May 30, 2020May 30, 20200 Dust inside our homes is often made up of tiny particles of dead skin, and with so many of us forced to remain in our homes for extended periods, dust levels are reaching new and horrible heights. Nobody likes dust; it looks unsightly and can even be a health risk for those with allergies, so preventing it from taking over your home, is probably a priority, and rightly so. Here are some simple and effective tips for house cleaning and keeping dust at bay both during the pandemic, and after the restrictions have been lifted: Wash and/or change your bedding regularly Sheets, pillows, and mattresses are a veritable haven for dust mites, so ideally you should buy allergen-proof covers for all your bedding and try to wash it at least once a fortnight, ut ideally every week. Clothes in a closet doesn’t necessarily mean no dust Garments inside closets continually shed fibres, and when you open the door you could be faced with a blizzard of dust unless you store your clothes inside garment bags or ontainers. Pick things up from the floor Any items left on the floor will inevitably attract dust, and when you go to pick them up, it will be transferred into the air and around the room. Pick things up before they get the chance to become dusty, and where possible, store things inside boxes so that you’re left with minimal clutter. Carpets are lovely, but not if you hate dust! While vacuuming your carpets and rugs every day can help to eliminate dust, it still won’t be enough if someone in your household suffers from severe allergies. However, if hardwood, vinyl or tile flooring isn’t an option in your home, you could buy a vacuum cleaner that has a high-efficiency particulate air filter, or HEPA filter, which works wonders for preventing dust from being reintroduced into the air. Call in the professionals If you’re dealing with a lot of dust, or simply despise cleaning (as so many of us do!), why not try using the services of a professional cleaning company? With a variety of schedules to suit every budget, they could help your home become a happy, healthy, dust-free environment in next to no time. The right dusting tools A feather duster is one of the worst items you can use in the war against dust, as it sends dust and debris flying around your home, where it simply settles on another surface. However, use a damp cloth or microfiber one and you’ll pick the dust-up instead of moving it around. Vacuuming is also a great way of sucking dust up and not spreading it about, and with the many attachments available, you can use it to get rid of dust from many areas of your home. Take it from the top Always clean from the top and make your way down to the bottom; it’s pointless to dust everything on the lower levels of a room, only to have to clean them again once you’ve dusted up high. So, whether your home is exceptionally dusty due to lockdown conditions, or your home is always prone to high dust levels, there are several things you can do to minimize it.