This is a question that most people have never really pondered. Most people just want all this dust to go away and never come back. But I think that understanding what creates dust goes in hand with it’s prevention and removal.
We all know that our rooms, furniture, electrical equipment, and other household items can get very dusty. But why? A good amount of dust comes from airborne particles of fine, dry matter from the surface of the ground.
It is very easy for dust to enter through screen doors, heating vents, air conditioning units, loose window seals, chimney openings, and under doors …..any opening in your house where air gets in. Initially the particles are so small that they are not noticed by the human eye.
Over time, the particles collect and build into layers that are visually more noticeable. If your neighborhood’s environment is very dry and/or it contains factories that cause it to be more on the industrial side, be prepared for more dust to enter your home.
Neighborhoods that boast lots of healthy trees, plant life and ponds, tend not to suffer as much. The moisture created by this type of environment is very good at prohibiting dust from forming. Also, as odd as it sounds, when dust from a dry environment enters a moisture-type of environment, the moisture will literally catch the dust in the air and bring it to the ground. Pretty cool, huh?
In Home Dust
There are actually more sources of in-home dust than outer-home dust. As surprising as it sounds, in-home dust is derived from a myriad of sources. Our own dead skin is a source of in-home dust.
Our dead skin flakes off into pillows, blankets, chairs and anything else we humans spend a lot of time on. These tiny skin cells will also float through the air as we move about, settling wherever our movement takes them.
Our pets that we so dearly love and cherish provide much of this pesky dust. Even though our cats and dogs seem to be covered with hair and fur, they have dead skin cells that flake off as well. We tend not to think in these terms because we hardly see their skin.
As far as the hair and fur goes, there are tons of dead hair and fur cells that add to this dusty mix. Furniture that has exposed wood is definitely a dust creating culprit. As this wood ages, it sheds more and more, adding to in-home dust.
Fabric dust particles also play a major league role. There are all types of fabrics strewn throughout our home. What do you think happens to the fabric in our rugs and carpets every time we take a step. Tiny particles of carpet fabric are dislodged. Again, it is something we don’t initially notice because they are not large and visible.
The same thing goes for the fabrics in pillows and blankets. These items will “naturally” shed. We don’t think of it as being natural because this material is not “alive.” But almost anything can unravel, deteriorate, and degrade. This never ending degradation results in the never ending fight against dust.
Helping To Prevent The Accumulation Of Dust
Dust is never, ever going to go away. Plain and simple. We cannot totally prevent it, but we can control it and diminish the production of it to some degree. One of the best ways is by using filters.
Regularly changing the furnace filter, air conditioner filter and possibly adding a heating vent filter will have a tremendous effect. Most people don’t have filters in their heating vents, but this can be fixed.
It simply requires a do-it-yourself approach. You can go to any hardware store and get breathable filter material. Simply take the measurements of the vent size, and cut that portion of the filter material. Use self-adhesive tape to adhere the filter to the vent’s opening.
Be careful to not get the heavy type of filter material. It needs to be somewhat airy and breathable. You certainly don’t want to clog things up and waste your heating bill money on heat that never gets through.
When it comes to removing dust off of items, your best bet is a vacuum or a damp cloth. The dust will stick to the dampness like a magnet. Simply blowing dust from one location to another is only part of the answer. The dust has to be collected and removed. A good electric air duster, filters, vacuums, and damp clothes are really your magical combination for the collection and removal of dust. It is a consolation to know that any type of dust can be removed.
It may be necessary to dislodge it with a blower first, but it can be removed. You may ask yourself; “Is all this worth it?” I think so! You are prolonging the life of your electrical equipment and your home looks and feels cleaner. I definitely feel better when my equipment works properly and my home is clean. How about you?