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You keep cleaning, wiping, dusting, sweeping and vacuuming, but can’t really get rid of the dust. Sounds familiar, we know.
No matter how often or how well you clean, dust somehow is always there. This is especially bad if you have a dust allergy.
Of course, it might be somewhat less resistant to professional cleaning, yet a few tips and tricks can always come in handy.
Dust is omnipresent and persistent.
It’s almost impossible to get rid of it completely, as it keeps accumulating from carpet fluff, clothes fibers, pet dander and dirt that is constantly entering the house.
But you can at least reduce it to a manageable amount. This can be especially important if you or someone from your family has a dust allergy.
So here a few tricks to reduce dust allergy symptoms that professional cleaners use and love every day.
No Shoe Policy
Yes, we know. It’s such a nuisance for many. Some might even take it as an offense. But you should understand that the biggest part of all the indoor dust and dirt that gets into your house comes from the soles of shoes.
To start with, at least make sure you and your family follow this rule. Then try to gently “impose” it on your guests. Explain to them a member of your house has a dust allergy and that this would really help that.
Provide comfortable slippers or socks for them. Even get some super cozy and funny ones to cheer them up.
Of course, for many of them this won’t be anything unusual, but if you really want to keep your house as dust-free as possible, be ready for the tough cookies as well.
Get a Doormat
Get some good doormats outside and inside all your house doors. This should significantly reduce the amount of dust that enters your home, especially if people still refuse to take their shoes off.
But even if they agree to take them off, wiping them before entering will help even more.
Sturdy doormats can really make a difference.
You can clean them outside using a hand vacuum. Do this once or twice a week and in no time you will definitely notice the difference in the dust around your house.
Vacuuming Often Can Help a Dust Allergy
If you really want to get rid of dust, you will have to vacuum alot—like a madwoman. You might think you already do, but if you vacuum less than once a week, and high traffic areas every other, or even every day, it won’t be enough to make a difference when it comes to dust in your house.
You and your family members can switch on this (usually tedious) duty, and ultimately, hiring a professional cleaner to help is always an option.
Because besides vacuuming often enough, you also need to do it properly, and if anyone knows how, that would be a professional maid.
Be Careful What You Use for Dusting
You might think feather dusters are cute and convenient, but they don’t really do the job. Even if you follow the instructions and use them properly, stroking the surfaces instead of “tickling” them, it still won’t help with removing the dust.
What happens is that all the dust falls back around as you walk with the feather duster through the room. You’ve just relocated the problem, not solved it.
The best option is to use the soft-bristled attachment on your vacuum cleaner to dust the curtains, drapes, and blinds. For other surfaces, use a damp cloth, preferably a microfiber one. These two will actually remove the dust instead of just spreading it around the house.
Hopefully, these tips can help you say goodbye to your dust allergy!
Krystle Cook – the creator of Home Jobs by MOM – put her psychology degree on a shelf and dived into a pile of diapers and dishes instead. She is a wife and mother to two rambunctious boys, sweating it out in her Texas hometown. She loves cooking, DIY home projects, and family fun activities.