Sometimes it may seem that your dusting work never ends but there is a way to win this battle. Many household odours are a result of dust, which is made up of pet hair, dead skin and pollen. You can, however, keep your home odour and allergen-free with the right dusting and cleaning techniques and equipment. This is what you need to know about effective dust and odour removal.
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How to clean dust and Remove Odours
If you want to keep allergies and odours at bay, we recommend that you take the below steps at least once or even twice a week. Begin your dusting at the top of a room and always dust the tallest items first so that you can deal with the remaining particles that may have fallen onto the floor at the end.
- To stop dust from moving around, it’s best to use a damp duster or cloth when cleaning hard surfaces such as tables or shelving. Ostrich feather dusters are amazing for getting rid of dust. The electric charge of the ostrich feathers traps the dust, ensuring it doesn’t disperse back into the room.
- If you want to give paintwork or wallpaper a dust, use a dry rubber sponge. Dusters and a mild cleaning product are good for glossy paintwork.
- For any rugs and carpets that you’re looking to clean, a vacuum with a HEPA filter is the best option as it traps small particles really well. Always vacuum a room that you’ve just dusted to get rid of as much dust as possible.
- Your vacuum will also work well if you want to clean curtains or upholstery. Just remember to use the lowest setting.
- Get rid of dust on your vinyl or hardwood flooring by mopping it. A broom will generally just move the dust around instead of getting rid of it.
- To remove dust from your electronic devices such as laptops and keyboards, use a can of compressed air to blast the dust out of those small areas.
- If you enjoy essential oils, why not invest in a diffuser to give your rooms a pleasant fragrance all year round. You can also add a few drops of your favourite essential oils to your duster.
Preventing Dust and Odours
Dusting on a regular basis will help you tackle the usual problem areas in your home but there are other ways that you can reduce dust and odours in general:
- Fresh air is really important if you want less dust in your home. Simply open your windows for 10 minutes per day to purify and deodorise the air in every room.
- If you want to take it a step further you can invest in an air purifier for every room in your house.
- If you have an air conditioning unit in any of the rooms in your home, it’s important to replace the filters often as they tend to collect dust.
- In order to quickly remove any dirt or odours in your kitchen or bathrooms, install an extractor fan.
- Have your carpets and rugs professionally cleaned at least once a year to reduce the build-up of odours.
- Use a fabric deodoriser on your soft pieces of furniture as well as your curtains to keep odours away. Wash any detachable fabrics or have them professionally cleaned once a year to remove any dust.
- Your carpets and couches are often the biggest dust and odour culprits in your home. If possible, opt for leather couches and hard flooring and swop out curtains for blinds.
- To reduce allergies and the risk of dust-mites, change or wash your bedding once a week if possible.
- Don’t wait for your dustbin to fill up, take it out regularly to reduce household odours.