Did you know that more than 30 million Americans are allergic to dust? Even though dust is one of the most common indoor allergens, many people don’t know how to effectively remove it from surfaces in their homes. In fact, the simple act of dusting can stir up allergy particles and actually make things worse.
Common dusting mistakes can cause allergic reactions and trigger respiratory problems like asthma. With the right (and surprisingly simple) techniques, you can be sure you are removing the dust, and not just spreading it around.
The first step toward removing dust and keeping your family healthy is choosing quality cleaning materials. Fuller’s entire line of dusting products is proven to remove dust particles from surfaces in every room of your home.
Are you dusting the right way? Here are some tips to keep your entire family healthy.
1. Clean Air Ducts, A/C and Heating Vents, and Fans
If you want to spend less time removing dust, then start by reducing the amount of dust circulating through your home. You would be amazed at the amount of dust in your home’s air system. Wiping down your air vents removes dust that otherwise ends up blowing through your home. Also, remember to regularly change your air filter and consider occasional professional air duct cleaning.
2. Choose the Best Dusting Materials
If you are using old rags or outdated feather dusters, chances are you are making things worse each time you dust. Poor quality dusting materials can’t capture the dust, and just toss it around into new locations. Experts agree that microfiber is the best material for dusting. Microfiber creates static electricity that pulls dust off of the surface and traps it in the duster. If you prefer a feather duster, be sure to use one with quality ostrich feathers. Fuller offers a full range of microfiber, ostrich feather and lambs’ wool products guaranteed to remove more dust.
3. Use a Wax-Free Duster Spray
Stay away from furniture polish and duster sprays that contain wax. Spraying wax onto your wood furniture creates a surface that actually attracts and holds dust, instead of removing it. Fuller’s wax-free duster spray attracts dust onto the duster or cloth, and efficiently removes it from the furniture surface.
4. Watch Out for Cross Contamination
Be sure to use a different dusting cloth in each area of your home. Using the same cloth for each room spreads unwanted germs from your kitchen or bathroom into the rest of the home. Fuller’s microfiber cloths come in a convenient multi-colored pack so you can easily keep bathroom germs in the bathroom and kitchen germs in the kitchen.
5. Choose a Vacuum Cleaner with a HEPA Filter
Your vacuum cleaner is the best way to remove dust from carpets, upholstery and draperies. Using a vacuum with a HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filter traps more dust particles than regular filters, and prevents stirring up dust into the air you breathe. To keep your vacuum working at its maximum potential, be sure to clean or replace the filter on a regular basis.
6. Don’t Forget About Hard-to-Reach Areas
It’s easy to dust the quick and convenient spaces, like countertops and table tops, and forget about the places that are harder to get to. Areas that are out of reach or out of sight are notorious for collecting huge amounts of dust. Dusting things like ceiling fans, blinds, light fixtures and the tops of shelves are just as important as cleaning the areas in plain sight.
7. Launder Your Bedding Each Week
Regular laundering of sheets and blankets keeps you from sleeping in a bed of dust particles. Remember to put your bedding into the washing machine and dryer each week, and you will sleep in a much healthier environment.
Let’s be honest…dusting may not be the highlight of your day. But, doing it regularly and correctly goes a long way toward keeping your family healthy. Fuller’s dusting products make it easier to trap and remove dust so you can breathe easier inside your home. Visit our dusting page to learn more about the best quality and most efficient dusting products available.