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Eliminate Dust Floating in the Air in 10 Steps

10 Steps to Remove Dust From the Air: 

Eliminating airborne dust particles is part of of your regular cleaning routine. Dust is one of those things that requires much patience and know how because it will always seem that soon after dusting and working hard on removing airborne dust particles that it all simply returns the very next day.

it may help you to understand and read up on where airborne dust comes from first. Otherwise, before you get your duster and gloves and put your favorite work music on, let's get some basics out of the way to make cleaning your home and freeing up the dust a much simpler experience. 

No matter how much or how often you dust in your home, in the long run it tends to feel tedious and counterproductive. It may come as a shock to some of you when you see a collection of dust shimmering in a beam of sunlight, exposing itself, shaped like that of a miniature whirlwind of dust, dancing in what seems an endless concave of twists and turns. If you are not dusting the proper way, then you may be merely moving the dust from one area of your home to another despite all the effort.

Let's get you organized and removing the dangers of dust piling up in your home with 11 easy steps you can follow right away:

  1. Dust properly. Clean surfaces with a damp cloth or sponge. Start on the top and work your way down to avoid suspending too many dust particles into the air. Be wary of some popular dry-dusting cleaning products that contain toxic chemicals to attract dust.
  2. Clean bed linens more often. Clean your sheets, pillows and pillow cases more often than you may be accustomed to, at least once every week
  3. Vacuum regularly. To avoid stirring up more dust, it is best to use a vacuum with a built-in HEPA filter. Change the filter regularly. Some people get by with vacuuming only once a week. Others, especially homeowners that have dogs or cats that shed, may need to vacuum more often. Wear a mask if you are sensitive to dust, since cleaning leads to more dust particles flying around temporarily.
  4. Mop the floors. Use a wet mop to clean the floors after vacuuming. Make sure you use a non-toxic cleaner. Experts also recommend using warm water with a dash of soap or vinegar (the smell evaporates quickly).
  5. Keep dirt out. Place high-quality doormats in front of your doors and let everyone take off their shoes as they come in. This will cut down the amount of dirt that is coming in and turning into dust. Much of the dust in your home comes from you bringing it in from outdoors.
  6. Maintain your home. You can minimize the amount of particles entering the home if you weatherproof doors and windows and seal up any cracks and crevices indoors to avoid dust from accumulating in hard-to-reach areas.
  7. Use air filters. If your home uses forced air heating and cooling, make sure you use high-quality filters and change them regularly every few months or at least every season. It may also be a good idea to use a room air purifier. An air purifier with a combination Super HEPA and activated carbon filter system provides the best overall protection from dust, allergens, chemicals, odors and more. Ozone-generating air purifiers are not recommended since the ozone irritates the lungs and they do not remove dust.
  8. Skip the clutter. Keep your home tidy and try to minimize clutter. It will speed up the dusting process and keep dust traps under control. While you’re at it, get rid of carpets (they are major dirt collectors) and avoid fabric-covered furniture when it is time for a change.
  9. Eat at the table. This may seem a bit of a strange tip, however it certainly helps to remove dust from the air in your home by staying in the same place to eat your meals. Moving around when eating causes more food debris to fall on the floor, which attracts more insects, which means more insect parts and food debris, and all this ends up as dust.
  10. Choose non-toxic products whenever possible. The “healthier” your cleaning products, personal care products and household items, the less toxins in your indoor air and dust.

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.

Is Dust Dangerous ?

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:

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About Carbon Blends

Our standard “EXEC” carbon blend has a very large internal surface area and works exceptionally well for a wide range of air pollutants. 

 

The “Vocarb” carbon blend is our most recommended and best-selling specialty carbon blend. Vocarb stands for Volatile organic compounds or VOCs and this include a variety of chemicals that can cause a range of health problems including shortness of breath, headaches, fatigue, nausea, dizziness and eye, nose, lung and throat irritation. Some VOC's are suspected to cause cancer in humans and have been shown to cause cancer in animals. The long-term health effects caused by VOC's would depend on the concentration and length of exposure.

 

Some chemicals adhere better to different types of carbon materials and carbon blends. Over the years we’ve sourced and developed over 40 carbon blends. If you have an odor or chemical you need to remove, we have a blend to target it