Dusting in the home can sometimes seem like a never-ending task, but don’t worry – it is a battle you can win. Dust is made up of particles of dead skin, pet hair, dust-mites, and pollen, amongst others, so it’s no wonder failing to dust surfaces can result in bad smells as well as an unsightly appearance. Effective dust removal and prevention can solve any problems with unwanted odours and leave you with a healthy and allergen-free home. All you need is the right equipment and a few strategies to keep your household dust and odour-free.
How to Remove Dust and Odours
Ideally, these steps should be taken one or two times a week to maintain a healthy, allergy-free environment – and one that smells good as well! Always start your dusting routine at the top of the room, with the tallest items of furniture, working your way down wards.
- For shelves and hard surfaces, a damp duster or cloth is more effective than a dry one, as it will trap dust rather than moving it around. Alternatively, an ostrich feather duster will produce good results, as the feathers’ electric charge attracts dust without dispersing it back into the room.
- For wallpaper and paintwork, use a dry rubber sponge to remove dust, though dusters and a mild cleaning agent will also work well on glossy paintwork and skirting boards.
- For rugs and carpets, a vacuum cleaner will be your best weapon in the fight against dust – models with HEPA filters are the most efficient at trapping the smallest particles. Vacuum after dusting to catch any loose dirt and remove the musty smell.
- For curtains and seating upholstery, use your vacuum’s low setting and brush.