Dust just happens. The hot and humid weather in Malaysia makes our homes and offices a bigger dust magnet and a breeding ground for allergens. Dust in essence, is an accumulation of tiny particles that mostly includes bits of cloth fibers, paper, hair, pet fur, skin cells and dirt.
Although you can’t stop or prevent them from coming into your home, by cultivating these dust-busting cleaning habits, you can minimise dust accumulation and keep nasty allergies and asthma triggers under control:
1. Vacuum Regularly
Vacuuming floors and carpets is more effective than just sweeping them. Use a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filter once a week that will suck up as much dust as possible per vacuum.
For carpets, vacuum more frequently the areas that is used more often. On the other hand, for tiles or wood flooring, vacuum the area that is used the least more frequently. Did you get that?
2. Don’t Forget To Mop
Vacuuming alone can’t eliminate all the dust. You can increase the elimination of dust more by mopping the floor – learn the difference between dry and wet mopping.
A damp mop cleans better but can be hard for surfaces like wood, which you should dry mop instead. Mopping more frequently will effectively clear dust at the early stages.
If you are using a wet mop for tiles or marble flooring, ensure that you squeeze the mop properly until it is just damp. Wet mops will leave large drops of water on the floor which will trap dust again.
3. Use A Microfiber Cloth
For tabletops or consoles, use microfiber cloths that trap dust rather than push it around. Wet the cloth to get it a little damp to trap more dust.
The dust trapping property of microfiber also makes it a good and gentle material for your dry and wet mops.
4. Wash Your Bedding Often
Sheets, blankets and comforters are places where dust tends to accumulate and dust mites hide. Your stuffy nose in the morning and wheezing at night could also be caused by dust on your bed.
Ideally, wash sheets and pillow cases once a week if your house is dusty and heavier bedding items like blankets on a monthly basis.
5. Beat Cushions & Rugs
Beat your cushion and rugs at least once a month – bring them outside and use your broom handle to beat them, watch all the dust come out! Ensure that you beat them all over consistently. Keep going until you don’t see anymore dust particles flying through the air.
If you find this too old school, send them to a professional carpet cleaner or launderette instead.
6. Clean Your Walls
Some of us don’t ever think about cleaning our walls, until our maids ask if we want them to.
For most walls, you can just use a flat-head mop covered with a microfiber cloth that has been sprayed with a little bit of water. To ensure that you’re covering the entire wall surface, work the mop up and down using a ‘W’ wiping motion.
Another tool you can use is a wool duster that has an extension handle as wool is great at picking dust up. The paint that you use on your walls would also require slightly different cleaning methods – for semi-gloss or satin, use a damp rag and for regular flat paint, avoid anything with moisture and opt for a wool duster first.
Cleaning walls and the rest of your house can be a lot of hard work. Hiring a full-time or even a part-time maid to help out a few times a week can take a huge load off your shoulders.
If you need someone who knows how clean carpets and care for your home furnishings and floorings, get in touch with a professional cleaning services company who can get the job done thoroughly for you. You don’t have to look anywhere else, find them all on Kaodim.com!