Spring cleaning is usually a time of major overhaul as you work to make your house shine like new. Fortunately, if you're planning to move or just finishing unpacking your last box, your new home is likely a clean slate. However, it won't always stay like that. Messes can build up fast, and there's plenty you can do to keep your house looking as nice as the first day you moved in. Preventing dust buildup is one place to start.
Dust is a ceaseless problem that you could probably do without. Unfortunately, because it's generated by human skin and cloth, you'll always have at least some to deal with. However, it is possible to cut down on dust levels significantly. Here are some steps to keep surfaces spotless and the bunnies at bay.
Dust naturally accumulates in cracks and crevices. The more stuff in your home, the more surfaces and spaces you'll have for dust to gather. Books, pictures, furniture, shelving units and any kind of bric-a-brac you can put on them are likely culprits. Of course, you're going to need some of these furnishings in your home, and the solution to the dust they attract certainly isn't to rid yourself of all your possessions. Rather, take the occasion of your new move to sort your belongings and decide what you really want lying around. Anything that you want to keep but doesn't need to sit on your coffee table you can box up and put away.
It's not just any kind of furniture that attracts and generates dust: Textiles, specifically, create the tiny particles. Wood, plastic and leather, on the other hand, don't produce dust and are easy to wipe down. If you really want to keep your house clean, consider ditching the fabric-upholstered furniture.
Dirt and dust can be carried through the front door on the soles of your shoes. Woman's Day suggests putting heavy-duty doormats with tight weaves outside every door used to enter your place of residence.
Technology new and old can help you in your quest to eliminate dust. When moving into a new home, it's a good idea to check the air vent filters. Clogged filters not only reduce the quality of the air in your home, they also lose their ability to to trap dust. Clean them regularly to maintain a healthy airflow. HGTV recommends checking filters once a month.
Plants and purifiers
Air purifiers are a good backup to your filters, pulling dust out of the air before it settles on your stuff. If you don't want to pay for the newest technology, consider going for an older type of filter: plants. According to The Wall Street Journal, research suggests that plants can help reduce dust buildup as well as the spread of contaminants. They also brighten up your home.
Dust mites will gather where the air is moist. Reduce the humidity in your home such that dust is less likely to collect. Just don't set the humidity so low that your skin dries out.
When it comes time to clean up dust, you want to do more than just scatter particles into the air, only to resettle. Unfortunately, dry cloths and cleaners will do just that. Dampen a rag as you wipe down your home to trap dust and keep it from spreading elsewhere into your home.
Avoiding fabric softeners and dryer sheets
Your washcloths and rags are designed to pick up dust. However, wash them one too many times with fabric softener or dryer sheets, and they start to lose their ability to hold dust and liquids, according to Woman's Day. Steer clear of these common household products when cleaning your supplies.
It's important to remember that no matter what you do, you will still end up with some dust. Staying vigilant and cleaning weekly will help you keep from feeling overwhelmed by the cleaning ahead.