Dust Happens

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The Story of Dust

Dust will always come back; it is a given.

Dust comes from a lot of sources.  Perth is notorious for sand and strong easterly winds. There are buildings going up everywhere, roads being built and industrial areas contributing to the dust. The pollens from plants especially in spring; insect’s indoor and outside and pet hair find their way into our homes. Then there are all the indoor places dust collects such as electronic devices, air conditioners that Perth households rely on a lot in summer uses a lot, vents in rooms, clothes dryers, carpets and mats, beds, and the list goes on.

When I clean homes I notice how dust is always present, even in the homes I clean every week.  It is an ongoing struggle to keep dust away and it can be a health problem for people with allergies and asthma.  Even if you live alone and don’t make any mess there will still be dust.  Dust is made up of a myriad of tiny particles that move around through the air and settle on our furniture and floors. The wind blows in dirt, pollen, bacteria, moulds, fibres from clothing and bedding, decomposing insects, dust mites and their excrement, hair which from my experiences is invariably present, skin flakes, and animal hair.

Dust mites are always present in homes wherever humans live. They are microscopic arachnids; they mostly eat dead human skin cells.  The dust mites live on the floor, and other surfaces and get moved around on our feet and other objects.  They can float around in the air for as much as two hours before they settle on the ground again. They like dark, warm and humid climate so beds, fabric furniture and carpets are their favorites. The feces of dust mites, the allergen, release enzymes when in a moist environment and this is what can kill cells with the human body.

I want to pass on 7 tips I use in cleaning that I know will help.  

Tips to help keep dust at bay

  1. Clean regularly, clean when you see it.  This can be as simple as keeping a cloth handy and just dampen it and wipe.  A broom quickly picks up dust and a small vacuum can be handy.

  2. Keep your electronic equipment cleans, this is important to keep fires away from your home. I always wipe the tops of power sockets, and vacuum around cables under tables and behind TV’s.

  3. Use a damp cloth to prevent dust from blowing into the air; the old feather dusters just launch the dust into the air only to settle down again later.

  4. Give your fabric couches a vacuum regularly, vac under the couch cushions and underneath the couch, you will be amazed what you find down there.

  5. Take rugs and mats out for a good shake and let the sun kill any dust mites and germs. The sun is excellent for killing all the germs on rugs and cushions.

  6. Wipe vertical blinds regularly to avoid dust build up. People don’t like cleaning the blinds because they appear fiddly and may bend.  If you use a microfiber cloth slightly damp and keep the blinds closed you can gently wipe the blinds going down and then sideways.  You will be amazed how quickly you can get the job done in.

  7. Clean light fittings as lots of bugs collect in these, bugs are known to start fires in homes in light fittings and electrical gadgets, doing a check of your fittings every few months will prevent this happening.

Robyn Templeton