Anyone living in a house or apartment or working in an office, knows about the inevitability of dust. No matter how much you clean, in a matter of days or even hours, you will see dust particles dancing in the air with a veil of film collecting on surfaces throughout your home.
As a former afterthought to toxic chemicals in the realm of indoor air contaminants, dust has earned a bad reputation, all in its tiny self, as studies point to inherent dangers of the organic and inorganic particles you are exposed to.
Household dust varies in its composition and can be quite different from one home to the next. It is most often comprised of from particles blowing in through doors and windows as well from dirt and substances brought inside when entering the home. Skin cells, pet dander, fibers from household carpets and fabrics also contribute to the dust count. Then there is food debris, kitchen grease, lint, paint particles, pesticides, decomposing insects and soot. The list could carry on.
The amount of dust is also dependent on the number of people present and their activities. Whenever you are entering a room and doing something, you are likely to shed cells and increase the dust count in that room. That is why dust is worse in rooms that are used most often.
Dust particles are measured by the micron (one micron equals 1/25,400 of an inch). The dust that you can see is about 10 microns in diameter. Those are the big particles. The more dangerous type of dust, the tiny particle that can lodge in your lungs and wreak havoc, is about .3 micron in size. In comparison, a sharp pencil dot is about 200 microns in diameter.
Dust in itself never used to be a red flag, since it was literally everywhere. In some instances, however, dust can become a health concern:
There is no way to banish dust completely, but it is possible to manage it in a way that minimizes its dangers. Here are a few tips to get you started:
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