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  1. Karen-R
    Mar 10 - 4:20

    Well, having built a new house

    with a built-in vacuum system that sucks everything to an outside canister AND installed special electrostatic filters to purify the air as it passes through….I really thought that I’d have very little dust in the new home. Oh, so very mistaken was I. We now had lots of windows that allowed me to see the dust all over. It was driving me crazy.

    At first, I thought that it must be
    the rugs so I constantly vacuumed and shook them out. But still found lots of
    dust the day after a major cleaning.

    Next, decided that it was our couch,
    pillows and throws. Beat the heck out of them. Even took off the cushion covers
    and shook them out. Vacuumed all couch and seat areas. STILL got major dust the
    day after each major cleaning. By then, I was really frustrated until….

    One morning as I walked past a ray
    of sunshine, I just happened to turn around to look at something behind me. I
    was still walking slowly as I looked back. What I noticed was dust flying off
    of ME!!!! Ugggghhhh! I had just put on fresh clothes!

    Ok, so forgive me for the following
    details but it is the crux of the dust issue! I carefully pulled off one
    article of clothing at a time and gently shook (in a mild up, then down action)
    each over the ray of light. Unbelievable!!! From each and every article of
    clothing came a BLIZZARD of dust falling quickly to the floor. When I turned
    the clothing inside out and shook, the blizzard was even worse.

    I went to my dryer and pulled out
    freshly washed (with and extra rinse cycle!) items and shook them. SAME
    BLIZZARD! Even my “clean” clothes were smothered in dust! I’ve always
    heard that 90% of dust was from dead skin cells but I thought that washing and
    drying my clothes actually “washed” most of it out. Not so, my

    Now, I’m realizing what has to be
    done and it was a little daunting at first but please hear me out as I have had
    great success with this for 2 years now…

    I couldn’t do this all myself so, to
    enlist the help of my family, I first had to prove it to each of them (of
    course, by having them shake their very own clothing!). Next step….

    Take your main set of clothing for
    each person outside and shake them inside and out. I pop them first and then do
    the up and down motion NUMEROUS times. It helps if each person does their own
    clothing and that it’s done in the morning or late afternoon so that they can
    see the “blizzards” of their own dead skin cells. My kids seemed to
    become more aware and understanding of why they need to help with cleaning our
    house. Now, one more big step….

    Take out ALL bedding items —
    mattress pads, sheets, blankets, pillows, zipper cases and outer pillow cases —
    and shake or beat the heck out of them. Be sure to vacuum your mattress before
    making up your bed again. Lastly, a few other details…

    Don’t forget your cloth sofas and
    chairs and throw rugs. Take out the removable cushions, pillows and throws and
    shake or beat each one. It’s also a good idea to vacuum the sofas and chairs.
    As mentioned in the article, put your heating or a/c unit on Fan for a few
    hours to help catch floating dust.

    Really, this took us a couple of
    weeks to get it all done but I stuck with it until everything had been purged
    of all the built-up dust. I honestly believe that your clothing, sheets and
    throw blankets are the biggest culprits.

    As for routine maintenance, I still
    shake out all couch throws and small rugs every week or so. As for our
    clothing, I shake high use items out periodically. Ok, I also cheat a little
    too. I have a separate laundry room with a rug that covers most of the floor.
    Before I put some items in the wash, I turn them inside out and shake them so
    the dust falls and is captured by the rug. Then I vacuum the rug weekly and
    periodically shake it out.

    As for sheets, though, I almost
    always shake them outside before washing. Honestly, once we got the big jobs
    done. It has taken very little to maintain. Slowly, within 6 months to a year,
    you’ll see it building up again. So, at your leisure, you can tackle the big
    items one at a time and you’ll hopefully be dust-free again.

    Best of luck to all and hopefully others can
    offer additional ideas that might help make this “herculean dust
    monster” disappear.

  2. Andy Merrett
    Feb 07 - 8:36

    “You can filter out some of that dust before it settles by switching your thermostat to “fan on.” This turns on the blower inside your furnace and filters the air even while the system isn’t heating or cooling

    Very American. I’ve read this so many times. British thermostats generally don’t have this. We don’t use “furnaces”. We use boilers.

    • koz
      Feb 20 - 8:14

      I’m canadian and wasn’t even sure about that.

  3. Richard John
    Jul 22 - 12:48

    One of the place where dust accumulates is carpet. However carpet makes the room more beautiful but it is safe place for dust to gather. Usually we do not clean carpet regularly, even some of us wipe our feet on it. As dust stays inside carpet so we can not see them, but who are sensitive to it gets allergy. Particularly kids as sometime they sleep on it or touch the carpet and insert the fingers in mouth.
    We can avoid hazards if we follow few rules as follows,

    1. Clean Carpet daily with vacuum cleaner.
    2. Wash with mild detergent soap if permitted at least twice a month.
    3. Remove carpet and clean the floor thoroughly at least once a week.
    4. Do not allow kids to pick food from carpet.
    5. Avoid synthetic or particular material made carpet if you have allergy with it.

    • James F
      Sep 26 - 2:07

      That is pretty unreasonable having to clean it daily and wash weekly.

      • I Perry
        Nov 29 - 2:03

        You see, that’s exactly why you are on this site. Simply because you believe cleaning your carpet weekly and vacuuming daily is unreasonable.

        • nalani
          Dec 14 - 7:16

          I have a 11×9 area rug in my room over tile and I vacuum daily but the dust in my room is unbelievable. My rug is too big to wash weekly, Id have to move all of my very heavy furniture to even take it out. My house is about 70 yrs old. I live on a main street and always have my windows open bcuz it gets really hot. Any other suggestions???

      • frustrated
        Feb 01 - 4:59

        I have always vacuumed every single day.

      • Brandon McDonald
        Apr 05 - 5:41

        Try Roomba from iRobot. I have a dust allergy and even though half of my 4 bedroom house is carpeted, he vacuums the whole house every 2 days with no extra effort.

    • Andy Merrett
      Feb 07 - 8:35

      I’d love to see you removing your carpet every week. CARPET, not rugs.

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