Even the most house proud and fastidious cleaners, can’t escape it. Dust ! That annoying layer of greyish brown filth that settles on every surface, gets in to every nook and cranny and re-appears with monotonous regularity.
So what is dust and where does it actually come from?
Dust is actually a concoction of all sorts of nasty compounds, including, sloughed-off skin cells, hair, pet dander, clothing fibres, bacteria, dust mites, soil particles, pollen, even remnants of dead insects.
Along with the environmental contaminants we track indoor on the soles of our shoes, household dust has been found to retain unhealthy pollutants, such as heavy metals and microscopic specks of plastic. In fact, scientists have found dust can contain up to 100 chemical compounds, many of which are considered pollutants.
If you have an infant or toddler, maintaining a clean home is even more important. Not only do little ones have a habit of putting everything in their mouths, they tend to be more sensitive than adults to many of the dubious compounds found in dust.
Most dust originates from outside and is tracked indoors on the soles of our shoes. Other airborne compounds, such as pollen and the myriad of microscopic particles that exist all around us, also contribute to dust levels.
Each time dust is disturbed the dust gets re-suspended and recirculates throughout the house, picking up these nasty substances, before returning back to the floor, in a never-ending cycle.
So what is the most effective approach when it comes to waging a war on this household menace ?
This is what professional house cleaners recommend when it comes to maintaining a dust-free home all year through:
Introduce a strict no shoes policy in the your home and keeps windows closed, particularly during days when the pollen count is high.
Forget dry dusting which simply re-distributes the dust. The most effective way to capture dust is with a soft cloth, dampened with water, followed by a polish with a dry microfiber cloth.
To make sure everything is as dust-free as possible, clean from the top down, to capture the most dust, without making a mess. Finishing up with either vacuuming or mopping the floors so the dust is effectively ‘pushed’ down.
To tackle the dust trapped in tiny nooks and intricate carvings, the experts recommend using a clean, natural bristle paint or make-up brush then wiping the surface with a microfiber cloth.
Computers, TV’s, DVD players, stereos and printers are notorious dust magnets and should be wiped clean with a microfiber cloth.
One of the biggest sources of household dust is your bed and mattress. Having it professionally steam cleaned at least once a year to kill dust mites and allergens is recommended.
Regularly check the filter in your air conditioning unit for dust build up and clean if necessary. When working effectively, your air conditioner will trap any particles in the air coming from outside.
By following these professional house cleaning tips, you will keep on top of all the microscopic nasties and enjoy a clean, dust-free home all year round.