Everything You Need To Know About Dust.

OMG! Dust is everywhere and composed of pollen, skin cells, bacteria, smoke/ash, bits of rock, and more. It’s no wonder you’ve been sneezing. Removing it will surely improve the air quality in your home or office right? But what type of duster should you use? Will it trap the dust? What can you do to reduce the amount of dust in your home or facility? 

So many questions, but we’ve got the answers!

Trust me we definitely understand. So let’s talk dusting. What exactly is dust? According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, dust is fine particles of matter that exist in our home or office. The types of dust particles vary, but think dirt, hair, skin cells, insects, pollution; you get the drift. An excessive amount of dust in a place can cause hay fever, sneezing, coughing, or an increase in asthma attacks for those that are asthmatic.

How often should you dust?

Dusting is not a “one-time” job unfortunately. Because dust forms practically out of thin air, some areas may need a more frequent dusting than others. For instance, rooms that are high-traffic areas such as your bedroom, kitchen, bathroom or office may need to be dusted once per week to keep allergens at a minimum. Other rooms such as a guest bedroom, hallways, and other spaces that are low-traffic areas could be dusted twice a month. 

High reach places such as crown molding, insides of light fixtures, high furniture (think cabinets), and artificial plants should be dusted every 6 months to a year. 

If you do have pets, it is recommended that you dust your home more often, depending on the number of pets.

What are dusters?

A duster is a cloth or brush used for dusting. There are three types of dusters that are typically used when dusting; the Feather duster, Microfiber duster, and wool duster. 

Feather dusters – Perfect for light dusting but can be used on all surfaces.

Microfiber dusters – Our recommended duster, best for heavy dusting and can be used on all surfaces.

Wool dusters – All-natural duster best for delicate surfaces but can be used on all surfaces

Alternatively, for a diy method, try cutting up some old t-shirts to make “rags”.

What is the best method for dusting?

We recommend dusting from top to bottom. This just means start with the ceiling fans, light fixtures, and corners (where the cobwebs are) and work your way down. Once you have dusted everything from the top to the ground, simply sweep up or vacuum all of the dust.

How to minimize the dust in your home

According to Endust.com, to help minimize the dust in your home, do the following:

  • Remove your shoes before entering your home.
  • Avoid sweeping when possible. Instead use a vacuum with a HEPA filter.
  • Dust with a new or clean duster or cloth each time.
  • Keep pets off furniture and sleeping areas.
  • Use quality air conditioning and heating filters and change them frequently.
  • Seal windows.
  • Clean vents annually.

Dusting can be a very tedious and time consuming task but, Luminary has the right equipment and products to make this an easy, rewarding task! Give us a call to maximize your time while minimizing dust!

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