Answered: Why Is My House So Dusty?

Getting rid of the amount of dust built up on the furniture and any other surface around your house is probably a big challenge. No matter what you do, dust will keep returning, and you will keep wiping everything. You might clean your home on a regular basis. You might clean even areas someone has never thought about, like blinds or radiators. But you still can’t get the dust problem under control.

A man using a high performance water filter vacuum cleaner to remove dust mite from sofa

Just cleaning, vacuuming and mopping can’t solve the dust problem. You need to get to the root of the problem and find out the reasons why there’s always dust around your house and how to keep it out. Thus, if you are one of those who wonder: “Why is my house so dusty?”, keep reading! We are about to share with you the reasons why dust builds up in your house and some tips and tricks on how to reduce dust levels

Where does dust come from?

Determining where exactly dust comes from is quite hard, as several dust forms come from different sources. For instance, living on a dirt road, the dust coming from there is the main problem. But you’ll probably come across another dust type like pollen.

We have outlined possible dust forms someone might find in the house:

  1. Dead skin cells 
  2. Pet dander
  3. Pet hair 
  4. Decomposing carcasses. 
  5. Mould spores
  6. Air pollution

The most common reasons for dust

But, why is there a lot of dust and how are all these types of dust entering your house? There are so many reasons why your bedroom and living room is covered with that thick layer of dust. And we can tell you for sure that you’ll be surprised!

  • Open windows: All experts advise keeping the windows open to renew fresh air in the house. However, this isn’t always for good. Along with fresh air, pollen, air pollution, and dust from the road enter your place.
  • Synthetic covering: Furniture covering is a great way to decorate a living room. Unfortunately, synthetic materials attract dust more than wood and natural stones.
  • Home improvement projects: If you have recently renovated your home (or if your neighbour has), then the dust will keep floating around your house for an extended period of time.
  • Carpeting: Carpets can make a room warmer and make it more or less attractive, depending on the size of your carpet. However, carpets trap dust and skin flakes, and they’re the perfect place for dust mites and carpet beetles to breed and grow.
  • Dirty air conditioning filters:  Air conditioners trap dust particles while working. When filters are full of dust, it will circulate through the ductwork and enter the house affecting the inside air quality.
  • Feather dusting: Feather dusters can quickly reduce dust build-up of the surfaces. But what they really do is to move dust around.
  • Wrong humidity levels: Whether the inside air is very dry or humid can lead to more dust settling in your house.
  • Pets: As much as you love your beloved and adorable pets, unfortunately, living inside the house increases dust levels due to the pet dander.

Smart tips to keep your home free of dust

Now that you know the most typical reasons for the dust to settle, it’s time to learn the solution for each problem. Don’t worry! You don’t need to do much! Just some small changes to your cleaning routine will be enough to keep your home free from dust.

Cleaning a dusty wooden surface with a sponge

1. Vacuum your upholstery furniture

Most vacuum cleaners have special attachments to vacuum upholstered furniture. As you vacuum your carpets and floors, vacuum your furniture once a week as well. What’s more, it’ll be best if you also wash them regularly in the washing machine if they’re machine washable, or else, dry clean them once a year. For more details on how dry cleaning works, check our article. Finally, if you have synthetic upholstery, you can get a new one made from leather that doesn’t collect dust. 

2. Get a vacuum cleaner with high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter to clean your carpets

Frequent carpet vacuuming isn’t enough to clean your carpets from all dust that settles into your carpets. However, using a vac with an inefficient dust-trapping system can just make dust float into the air and then settle back to your furniture and carpets. That’s why it’s necessary to purchase a vac with a HEPA filter to trap 99% of dust particles and debris. For even better dust-free results, don’t neglect to clean all kinds of stains off your carpets and refresh your home by getting smells out of a carpet.

What’s more, if a family member suffers from allergies, it’ll be a good idea if you use a carpet cleaner machine or a steam cleaner to sanitise your carpetings and any other surface. Steam cleaning can kill up to 99.99%  of germs, bacteria, mould and allergens. Finally, for being able to live with your beloved furry four-legged friend and maintain a dust-free environment, a vacuum for pet hair is probably the best option. 

3. Clean HVAC system

Cleaning your air conditioning HVAC filters should be scheduled at the beginning of spring and fall. You should include a thorough cleaning of the air ducts and air filters. You may also need to consider installing an air purifier inside your HVAC system or even purchase an air purifier. The benefits of an air purifier are multiple, as it can clean your home’s atmosphere from allergens, get rid of dust mites and pet hair and eliminate odours. 

4. Get a humidifier

If you want to balance humidity levels inside your home, a plug-in or a whole-house humidifier will be the best solution. A very dry atmosphere or high humidity levels can cause dust to settle on every surface.  A humidifier can keep humidity levels between 30-50%—a ratio that is the best for someone to live in.

A humidifier in the living room will help live in a dust-free house

5. Wipe with a microfiber cloth

Throw away your feather dusters. If you want to get rid of dust once and for all from your house, start wiping your furniture with a wet cloth. A microfiber damp cloth can trap the dust instead of spreading dust. Afterwards, polish your surfaces with a dry microfiber cloth

Is dust really that harmful?

Whether you believe it or not, dust can be really harmful. In some cases, it can be fatal, as dust might consist of toxic gases and other harmful materials due to the burning of fossil fuels. These particles can lead to respiratory infection, dizziness, headaches, lowered immune system, and many other health problems.

The main less serious health problem is trigger allergies and irritations. Some allergy symptoms that should alert you that something’s going wrong are itchy eyes, runny nose, allergic reactions, skin rashes, hair loss, coughing, difficulty breathing and so on.

Vacuuming a wooden floor covered with dust

 Dust shouldn’t trouble you anymore. Once you know some of the reasons that may lead to dust build-up, you can alter things and keep dust out of your house. A good quality vacuum cleaner and wiping with a damp cloth are some of the things you can do. Try the above tips and live in a dust-free environment!

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