What Causes House Dust?

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What Causes House Dust?

Causes of House Dust Buildup

Nobody enjoys dusting, but it’s part of keeping our homes clean and sanitary. Dust can contain allergens, dust mites and toxins that nobody wants in their home. Many Loudoun County residents say their homes seem to get especially dusty in the spring and summer. What is causing all this dust?

Is Your House Dusty?

Do you feel like you’re constantly battling the dust in your home? There are some reasons your house gets dusty easily, and some of them may surprise you.

Vacuuming your carpet: Yes, vacuuming removes dirt from your carpet, but it also stirs up a lot of dust. To remedy the situation, switch to hard flooring or use a vacuum with a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter.

Air ducts: If you have a forced-air system, it can blow dust from attics and other rooms into your ductwork and your home. Leaking, unsealed air ducts can disrupt your home’s temperature and drive up your energy bills. Ask an HVAC professional to check your ducts for leaks.

Human skin: It’s not too pleasant to think about, but dead cells from skin and hair are major sources of dust. Most humans completely replace their skin cells once a month. All those cells end up as dust in your house.

Clothing: Fibers from your clothing and upholstery can become dust. Using toxic detergents and fabric softeners that leave a film make it worse by creating a film on fabric that eventually dries, chips and becomes dust. Kitchen towels add to the dust buildup by adding crumbs and dirt that, you guessed it, become dust.

Pets: Pets contribute to dust by shedding their hair and saliva in your house. They can also bring allergens in from outdoors.

What’s the Best Way To Control Dust?

You can’t get rid of dust completely, but you can control it. The more dust you have, the more dust mites you’re feeding. Here are some steps you can take to keep dust from taking over your house.

1. Dust regularly. This seems obvious, but it’s important to dust the right way. Use a damp microfiber cloth, and dust from the top down in every room.  Wash your dusting rags regularly.
2. Use a HEPA filter when you vacuum. When cleaning hard floors, sweep or vacuum first, then use a damp mop to remove dust.
3. Get regular, professional carpet and upholstery cleaning: This is one of the best ways to destroy dust and dust mites in your home. After you stir up dust with the vacuum, professional cleaning removes the dust and leaves your carpet and upholstery free from toxins and allergens.

Natural Cleaners Help Control Dust

Using harsh chemicals to clean your house contributes to the levels of dust and allergens. Their toxic ingredients are another source of irritation.

A natural cleaner like CarpetKeeper’s patented PureScience method is the only method that is:

  • 100% natural and nontoxic.
  • Guaranteed to destroy dust mites and allergens.
  • Safe to use around pets, children, and allergy sufferers.
  • Guaranteed to remove old stains and smells, including set-in pet odors.
  • Certified as a Green Cleaning method.

We’ll Help You Get Rid of Dust

If you’re battling dust mites, mold, and allergens in your home, call CarpetKeepers. Our unique PureScience method will destroy stains, odors, and allergens in your carpet and upholstery. We’ll refresh and renew your home. Call us today for a free estimate.

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