Whether we like it or not, as long as there is a human presence in the home there will be a gradual build-up of dust in it. And where there is dust, there are inevitably dust mites. With more and more people developing dust mite allergies and Asthma each year, keeping dust at bay has never been more important
Whilst it is recommended that Asthma sufferers and those with related allergies live in a dust-free environment, it is worth highlighting that many products designed to curb dust, such as furniture polish and other forms of spray, can actually trigger Asthma attacks. Many of these products contain chemicals which, when inhaled, can cause breathing difficulties, even among non-Asthma suffers.
Spray-Free Dusting Alternatives
The reality is that furniture polish and other dust sprays are not necessary when it comes to keeping your home dust-free; no amount of spray is going to prevent dust from building up. Instead, the best solution is simply to regularly clean and dust your home. For most people, wiping the dust away with a cleaning cloth will suffice, and the trusty feather duster is of course an obvious solution for those hard-to-reach places.
Asthma sufferers and those with related allergies can use microfibre cloths, which are not only perfect for removing dust, but can also help prevent it from spreading; each fibre is around 200 times finer than a human hair, collecting and trapping dust far more effectively than any standard cloth. Microfibre cloths can also store up to seven times their weight in dust and dirt – far more than conventional dusting cloths. They can also be washed to ensure a dust-free environment following a clean.
Vents and Fans – vacuum the vent or fan to remove any loose dust then, with a dampened microfibre cloth, wipe the surface clean. Where applicable, wash filters using soapy water and allow to dry before reinstalling.
Small Nooks and Crannies – use a toothbrush to loosen and break away any dirt or dust that may have built up in these small areas, before wiping clean with a dry microfibre cloth.
Behind Bulky Appliances – the refrigerator, cooker and dishwasher all build up vast amounts of dust and dirt over time. Unplug and move the appliance to one side and, with a damp microfibre cloth, wipe the walls and floor and dry clean.
Electronic Devices – Televisions, DVD players and computers need regular dusting. Unplug these devices before dusting and simply wipe with a dry microfibre cloth or rag (also useful for removing stubborn fingerprints on TV screens). Electronic devices can be dust magnets – a quick wipe every other day will ensure they are kept dust-free.
Regularly dusting your home is the only way to keep dust at bay. A quick dust at least once a week will allow you to keep on top of the issue without having to resort to a deeper clean every few weeks. To avoid spreading dust around following a clean, always wash your microfibre cloth after use.