Don't like dusting? If you put in the effort it will be worth your time. House dust mites are microscopic insects that are almost invisible to the naked eye. Millions of these mites live in every home. They feed on human skin cells found in mattresses, pillows, rugs, upholstered furniture, blankets, clothing, teddy bears, fabric, and upholstered objects. The body particles and feces of dust mites can trigger asthma in people who have allergic reactions to dust mites. In addition, exposure to dust mites can cause asthma in children who have never exhibited asthmatic symptoms before. Dust mites absorb water from the humidity what the atmosphere. They thrive in temperatures around 21º Celsius, and humidity of around 70%. Does that information sound a little creepy to you? Brace yourself, because you now know why it is so important to regularly clean your house from dust. Now that you know why it's important, it's time to get started. Go to Step 1.
Step 1. Get all the stuff you need to dust your house
Step 2. Dust systematically
Don't randomly run off fabrics. Rather, choose to stick to a specific path so that you can be sure to dust everything off. Don't get distracted while dusting - you don't want to miss any spots.
Listen to music while dusting. You will move faster and maintain concentration for longer
Step 3. Move clockwise (or counterclockwise) around the room
Dust off all the furniture along the wall, then continue clockwise (or counterclockwise). Grab your damp cloth and start wiping the dust away. Move the objects around, making sure to dust the surface underneath as well. If you move objects, clean those objects yourself.
Step 4. Shake or rinse your cloth regularly
If you see that your cloth has become dirty or dusty, shake or rinse it outside.
Step 5. Dust off the hard-to-reach areas
When you're dusting, don't forget the hard-to-reach spots-like behind the furniture, and the cracks and crevices. Use a small brush to get into the tightest corners. To get behind heavy furniture, you can use a long-handled synthetic brush or the vacuum cleaner. To remove dust nests and cobwebs along walls you can use a damp mop, a brush or a Swiffer. Also don't forget to dust the lamps and chandeliers. Dust it off once a week. You can also take the chandelier down once a year for a thorough cleaning.
Step 6. Vacuum upholstered furniture
Use the different attachments to vacuum sofas and the like.
Step 7. Clean the floors last
Finish your task by cleaning the floor. Otherwise, all the dust you have removed from the furniture and ornaments will remain on the floor.
- Vacuum the floor, rugs, carpets, etc. Do not skip the corners under the furniture.
- Mop hard floors.
For more specific instructions per room, look here:
Method 1 of 6: The bedroom
Step 1. Pick up anything that is on the floor and other surfaces
Put everything where it belongs, and put clothes in the closet or laundry basket.
Step 2. Dust one side of the room
Carefully dust all furniture against the wall. Don't forget to dust between the radiator.
Step 3. Remove the sheets and blankets from the bed
Take your mattress and vacuum it on both sides. Also clean both sides with a damp cloth.
This gives you a good chance to turn the mattress over
Step 4. Dust your bed
This is one of the most important tasks, because dust mites especially like to settle in bed. A typical mattress contains between 100,000 and 10,000,000 mites. (Ten percent of the weight of a two-year-old pillow can be dead mites and their feces.) Mites prefer a warm, moist environment, such as the inside of a mattress. Mites like to eat dander (both human and animal). Humans lose about 1.5 grams of dander per day. About 80% of the material that floats through the room when the sun shines on it consists of skin flakes. The carpeting and other upholstery also harbor a lot of dust mites. If you have a mattress cover, use it. Put the mattress back on the bed, and make your bed with new, fresh sheets and blankets.
Step 5. Vacuum the floor and mop it if necessary
Method 2 of 6: The bathroom and toilet
Step 1. Clean all cabinets, inside and out
Also don't forget to clean the top of the cabinets.
Step 2. Clean the tiles from ceiling to floor
Use a sponge to remove stains and dirt. Wipe excess water off the tiles with a chamois or kitchen paper.
Step 3. Thoroughly clean the tub/shower area
A lot of dust collects there. Also, don't forget to clean the little nooks and crannies. You can use an old toothbrush for this.
Step 4. Clean the outside of the toilet first
Also, don't forget to clean any pipes and pipes - that's where most of the dust is. You can scrub the inside of the toilet later with bleach (or another product).
Step 5. Vacuum and mop the floor
Method 3 of 6: The hallway
Step 1. Dust off the paintings and ornaments in the hallway
Step 2. Remove cobwebs from the ceiling and walls
Step 3. Vacuum carpet and carpet
Mop hard floors.
Method 4 of 6: The stairs
Step 1. Dust the sides of the stairs
Step 2. VVacuum every nook and cranny of each step
Step 3. Use a damp cloth or mop to clean each step from top to bottom
Method 5 of 6: The kitchen
Step 1. Completely empty the kitchen cupboards
Clean the inside and outside of the cabinets with a damp cloth. Also don't forget to clean the top of the cabinets.
Do not use cleaning products with strong odors
Step 2. Clean the kitchen tiles
Use a sponge to remove stains and dirt. Wipe off excess water with a chamois or paper towel.
Step 3. Clean the counter and sink with appropriate products
Step 4. Dust table(s) and chairs with a damp cloth, and don't forget to bring the legs too
Step 5. Vacuum the floor, and scrub the floor with a stiff brush if you really want to remove all the dirt
Method 6 of 6: The living room
Step 1. Dust off all furniture, paintings, and ornaments
Also don't forget to clean the top of the furniture.
Step 2. Vacuum the floor, and any carpets, rugs, etc
Finally, mop the floor.
- Having fewer items in the house makes dusting easier. If you have a lot of small items, keep them in an enclosed space, such as a box or drawer.
- Use anti-allergenic bedding. This prevents dust mites from inhabiting the mattress and pillow.
- Don't forget to dust the bulbs off the lamps. If dust has collected on top of the bulb, the lamp will give less light. The pear can also burn out faster than a clean one. Just make sure the bulb isn't hot when you touch it - if you don't, it could burst.
- To prevent dust on top of furniture, cover it with old newspaper. Replace it with a new one if a lot of dust has accumulated on it. If you prefer this method, you can also cover the furniture with a washable cloth. You will have to wash it every now and then, but you don't have to look at a newspaper every time. You will also have to throw away less paper.
- A tumble dryer cloth can be used excellently as a dust cloth. They not only trap dust, but eliminate static electricity, making it more difficult for dust particles to adhere to the surface.
- Keep the humidity low. Try to maintain a humidity level of 30 to 50% at home. A dehumidifier or an air conditioner can help keep the humidity down; a hygrometer allows you to measure the humidity.