Dust. It gets everywhere and seems to appear over night. Where does it come from? What does it want? It wants to claim your furniture as its own.
What is the worst part about dust? By far, it is the dust mites. These are nasty little buggers that are so microscopic, they are impossible to see with the naked eye. But if you looked at one through a microscope, then you would see just how ugly they are. Chances are that there are probably millions of dust mites in your home or office. If there were, you wouldn’t even know about it.
They often reside inside mattresses, carpets, pillows, furniture, fabric, and anywhere else dust can accumulate. They feed on human skin flakes. Feces and body parts from dust mites can cause asthma attacks to sensitive people.
Am I scaring you? Well, don’t be afraid. Instead, be proactive about removing them from your home or office. The best way to do that is to dust everything on a regular basis. Here are some tips for doing just that.
Supplies you will need:
- A microfiber cloth
- A feather duster or synthetic duster (preferably with a long handle)
- A vacuum cleaner with attachments
- A mop (or Swiffer)
- A paintbrush
Always dust and clean from top to bottom. There is no sense in mopping the floor first, only for it to get dirty again when you dust shelves and the debris falls to the floor. You will have to mop it all over again. So start at the top and work your way down.
Be systematic while you dust. Don’t just dust items at random or you might forget what you have or have not yet dusted. A good method to use is to start somewhere and then work your way around the room in a clockwise fashion. If you prefer, you could go counter-clockwise instead. It doesn’t really matter as long as you are thorough and don’t switch directions.
When your microfiber cloth or feather duster becomes full of dust, then either rinse it off or shake it off outside. There is no point in picking up dust from one location only to deposit it back in another spot.
Don’t forget about the hard to reach places. If you were wondering what the paintbrush was for, this is it. Paintbrushes can double as miniature brooms to help you dust all of the nooks and crannies that are harder to get to.
Vacuum carpets and fabric furniture. Use a crevice or upholstery attachment on your vacuum to remove the dust from carpeted floors, sofas, and other furniture.
Mop the hard floors once everything else has been dusted. Like I said, start at the top and work toward the bottom. After you clean the floors, then you will be done!
Swiffer makes a lot of great products for dusting and mopping. I suggest checking them out.
Until next time, goodnight, sleep tight, and don’t let the dust mites bite!