The Dusty Truth

Summer is here! In Las Vegas that means the roads are less congested and locals are more relaxed. Kids are in camps and parents look forward to that summer road trip. At the same time, the days are hot and long. Mt. Charleston is no longer capped with bright snow and the once sage-green desert landscape dries out and becomes a colorful palette of soft browns and sunset reds. More often than not, however, that also means strong winds distributing tons of dust and pollen. If you’re an allergy sufferer, or your kids tend to have more allergic reactions when at home–take a fresh look at your dusting regimen.

ShoesHere are a few facts about dust that might spur you into becoming a dusting maniac around your home:

Mighty Dust Mites: A gram of dust (about a half teaspoon) contains as many as 1,000 dust mites and 250,000 allergenic dust mite fecal pellets.

Fabric and Feast: Your sofa and bed is the perfect environment for dust mites; they love to burrow into fabric and feast on your dead skin cells. Humans shed one to three pounds of skin a year, plenty of food for millions of dust mites.

The Dusty Outdoors: Two-thirds of dust in your home blows in from outdoors: dirt tracked in on floors as well as particulate matter from the air.

What can you do to help alleviate the dust in your home? Keep reading!

Nooks and Crannies: Vacuum your furniture and mattresses. All the tiny nooks and crannies in your upholstered furniture are havens for dust particles. Be sure to vacuum more than the cushions as the back and tops of furniture hold dust too.

Start Your Vacuums: Vacuum your floors! Make sure your vacuum has a HEPA filter, otherwise you’ll just be sucking up dust from the floor and spewing it into the air.

Pick Up Power: Dust surfaces–especially horizontal ones. Use either a completely dry or lightly sprayed microfiber cloth when dusting. Microfiber is known to have superior “pick up power” over other fabrics.

Quality Air: Change your air filters and vacuum the registers. Use a good quality air filter to help reduce the dust particles floating around in your home.

Shoes at the Door: No shoes in the house! In addition to dirt and dust, shoes also bring in germs. It’s best to leave those filth magnets at the door.

Controlling the amount of dust in your home doesn’t have to take long either. Set a limit of just 5-10 minutes, twice a week and alternate between dusting or vacuuming. Plus, to develop good habits for when they get older, your kids can help too. Cheers to better health!


Written by Lyndon Conway, Germz Be Gone

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