Bob Vila Radio: Reducing Dust

Follow these tips not only to remove the dust that has settled on your floors and furniture, but also to prevent dust from entering your home in the first place.

By Roseann Foley Henry | Updated Mar 11, 2014 8:11 PM

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For most people, dust is a housecleaning nuisance. But for those with respiratory ailments or allergies, dust can be a real health threat. I have some tips for reducing dust, so you can spend less time trying to remove it.


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Reducing Dust


Dust consists of common particles that you really can’t avoid, including flakes of dead skin, hair, pet dander, fibers shed from carpet and clothing, and even dried soil brought in from the outdoors. Start your war on dust by getting in the habit of leaving your shoes near the door and changing to slippers for use indoors. You’d be amazed at how much cleaner this simple step can keep your home.

Now look at your floors. Rugs and carpeting are notorious dust traps, so those with allergies are usually advised to stick with bare floors. If you do have rugs or carpet, vacuum often and thoroughly, using a beater attachment that pulls up lots of deep-down dirt.

Next, clean up the clutter. Cluttered surfaces, from floors to tables to shelves, are a challenge to keep clean, since they create little nooks where particles can accumulate, and because you have to move everything in order to clean.

Finally, use electrostatic cloths and mops when you dust; materials that grab onto dust are better than dry or damp cloths, which always leave particles behind to re-settle.

Bob Vila Radio is a newly launched daily radio spot carried on more than 75 stations around the country (and growing). You can get your daily dose here, by listening to—or reading—Bob’s 60-second home improvement radio tip of the day.