Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Everything DUST

If you can be sure of anything it's death, taxes and dust.  Seriously, you live with dust all your life!  You, in fact, create dust constantly from your shedding skin cells which regenerate every 27 days or so.  Sure there are some people that will never worry about the accumulation of dust around them; they've given in to the natural phenomenon.  For the rest of us, young, old, allergic, asthmatic, sensitive, health conscious or phobic, we'd rather reduce our waste for a cleaner, more breathable, livable life!

Dust in homes, offices, and other human environments contains human skin cells, small amounts of plant pollen, human and animal hairs, textile fiberspaper fibres, minerals from outdoor soil, and many other materials which may be found in the local environment.[1]

This Cleaning Company, 1st Class Cleaning, in Manhattan, posted an article for their clients on dust accumulation!  In it, they cite various causes of accumulation that I am familiar with from my cleaning lady experiences.  They suggest using a HEPA filter, or air purifier to help reduce dust in an area.  Vacuuming and washing surfaces regularly is also suggested!

For the purposes of this article, I'll go ahead and outline a few elimination methods for you to try, besides cleaning!  The first is the use of an air purifier or air filters.  

Honeywell 17000 Permanent Pure HEPA QuietCare Air Purifier
Benefits include:
  • Elimination of dust particles and some odors.
  • Reduces necessity to clean as often.
  • Reduces allergens.
  • Improves air quality in your home.

These links will help you determine what products are a good match for you and your home!

- WIZE: reviews and prices for air filters and purifiers.
- AMAZON:  great deals on air purifiers and filters.
- CARE2:  article on how to choose an air purifier and why.

Guess you've got to clean!

If it's already gotten to the point that there's a thick layer covering most of your things, then there are a couple things that can be done but all of which involve taking time to clean!  Here are some products that I like to use to clean dust!

Swiffer Sweeper Dry Cloth Refill Unscented 48 Count Box


  • easy to use.
  • eliminate dust through static cling.
  • soft on surfaces.
  • great for walls, glass, and knick knacks.
  • do not remove bacteria.
  • do not clean build up stuck on surfaces.

Zwipes Microfiber 12-Pack of Cleaning Cloths

Microfiber Cleaning Clothes have the same pros with the added advantage of being able to clean a surface if necessary.  I'm sure I'll do a segment on these wondrous fabrics since they are all the rage these days!

Scotch-Brite Scrub Sponge Made With Walnut Shells (Pack of 12)

I like just using a sponge and cleaner myself.  I try to be earth friendly by buying the "walnut" sponges instead of the natural and unnatural sponges.  I will also be doing a segment on sponges soon as part of the BRUSH vs. SPONGE segment.  The main cons to sponges are:
  • may leave streaks on surfaces when sponge is too wet.
  • must rinse sponge more often.

Share your own dust battles below.  Awesome comments and suggestions will probably end up in future posts!

NOTE:  I tried very hard to only use legitimate, less biased resources, which is hard to do here on the internet!  My wish is that you are able to take this info and apply it positively to improve your life!  Thanks for reading!!


Jennifer Christine said...

Cleaning Lady, I don't have a dust problem (or I ignore it, rather) but I did drip candle wax all over my favorite mirror. Any suggestion for how to get thick waxy substances off of glassy surfaces? I scraped most of it off but it's all streaky and gross.

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