Do you clean frequently, but dust in the home keeps showing up on your furniture? Do you have allergies from dust? Are your children sneezing more or experiencing increased allergies or asthma while they're indoors? According to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the most effective way to improve indoor air quality is to identify and eliminate the specific source(s) causing the problem. As part of your spring cleaning prep, try these tips for dust free decorating!
Dust free Decorating: Less is More
- Textile Trim Down: Textiles used as flooring, window treatments, furniture, and storage areas, etc. not only trap dust, but also actually produce it as they shed. Materials in the home such as wood, leather, metal, acrylic, etc, don't create a mess and are easy to clean!
Consider bare wood floors with machine-washable area rugs - especially in high traffic areas such as living rooms and playrooms. If carpet is a must, opt for shorter pile. Go for wood or plastic blinds rather than upholstered drapery. You can color coordinate with patterns and colors using vinyl or plastic shades, or even stencil a design for a unique touch!
- Streamline and Simplify: An abundance of clutter (such as collections, knickknacks, papers, magazines, books, or toys and stuffed animals) equates to extra avenues for dust to accumulate. Look over the room - a good rule-of-thumb is to diminish visible contents by 50% for dust free decorating.
Keep collections and fragile knickknacks behind glass. Stack bigger books on the front of bookshelves to block dust build-up. Use plastic, vinyl, or metal bins for shoes, purses, paper items, toys, etc.
Dust free Decorating: Maintain your Space!
- Seasonal Storage: When the season changes, remember to audit the contents in your closets and storage areas! If you haven't worn or used items (such as clothing, linens, drapery, toys, and decorative items) over the year, donate or sell the extra stuff so it won't accumulate.
- Dust Prevention: The air filter on your HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning) system needs to be replaced every 1-3 months. This is an important maintenance task, because it allows your home to have clean, unobstructed air flow. Make sure the filter is ranked for the blower capacity of your system. Here is a quick reference guide to help you choose: Check out What Air Filter to Purchase for Your Home.
More info? Recently, there have been more and more investigative studies concerning the long-term effects of 'normal' or daily exposure to chemicals found in everyday household cleaning products. Check out How do I detox my home? for key home detox tips!