Biggest Dust Collectors – How to combat them
There are some household items and furnishings that just love dust – and it seems there’s not much you can do to stop the problem… but maybe there is!
The domestic cleaning experts at MOLLY MAID have a few suggestions:
Carpeting: The best – and unfortunately most expensive – avoidance strategy is to replace wall-to-wall carpeting with wood, cork, tile or non-vinyl linoleum. Or, usethrow rugs, which are much easier to shake out regularly. Otherwise, vacuum carpets frequently getting into the corners, along the floorboards and moving furniture to reach all the dust bunnies. Also, look at how much dust is being traipsed into the house. Perhaps your home needs a ‘shoes-off policy’ or at the very least, a door mat inside and outside where you can wipe your feet.
Pets: Dogs and cats bringing in dust and dirt are par for the course. It clings to their coats, and they just love rolling in it too. Give them a good brush before you let them inside. Wash and dry their feet (and in between their pads) before they come in too if their paws look extra dirty.
Velvety finishes: Any type of velvety surfaceor similar finish is a magnet for dust. If you have pillows or matsthat have this type of finish, replace them if possible. Look for ashinier finish that will repel dust. Shake out rugs at least once aweek.
Light-coloured curtains: No matter what you do, light-coloured curtains are going to show the dust and dirt that comes in through screens when windows are open. During weekly cleanings, shake them out as you clean that area of the room. Plan regular cleaning of curtains too – either in your own washing machine (if applicable) or have them professionally cleaned.
Venetian blinds: These are one of the worst dust collectors. Put them on your weekly cleaning list, especially during the warmer seasons when windows are open. Use a damp microfibre cloth or dampen an old mismatched sock (finally a good use for it!) and use it to wipe away dust on each blind. It’s time-consuming, but well worth it.
Knick-knacks: Knick-knacks are dust magnets too, especially if they’re not cleaned regularly. When the finish becomes dusty and almost sticky, the dust just keeps accumulating. Clean and shine these items regularly. Commit to de-clutter too; clutter is a natural dust collector.
Shiny dark surfaces: Dust is attracted to shiny dark surfaces on which it is incredibly visible. Do dust regularly and wipe surfaces with a slightly damp microfiber cloth.
Bedding: Did you know that bedding collects skin flakes and sheds its own fibres? To minimise the build-up,wash sheets and pillowcases once a week. Shake out blankets and bedspreads outside, if possible. Wash or dry-clean comforters at least once a season – or, as silly as it may look, you can even vacuum them if you’re able to.
Pillows: Sofa throw cushions and pillows collect dust left by people (and pets). Make sure you vacuum them regularly or shake the pillows outside to get rid of the dust.