We often hear of the term ‘dust’ and we relentlessly try to eliminate it from our living and working environments, but do we really know what dust is?

Dust is basically a blanket term for meaning small particles that linger in our atmosphere. Dust can be created from a variety of different elements, such as our skin particles, clothes and other fabrics such as carpet and rugs, while industrial dust comes from metal, wood shavings or other materials.

The tiny dust particles that are shed from our bodies and fabrics, will settle all around your house or office. Some dust will continue to settle and become raised, like snowfall and can become a hygiene issue if left completely. Other types of dust in areas that may see regular movement or air flow will be shifted into the air and settle elsewhere.Completely getting rid of dust is impossible, due to its constant creation from outside sources, but there are effective steps to reduce the levels of dust around your home and work place.

  • Use a damp cloth to eradicate dust on work tops, skirting boards, frames and furniture. The dust sticks the moisture better than a dry cloth, which can just move the dust from one place to another.
  • Regular vacuuming of  floors, walls and ceilings is one of the best methods to cope with the large amount of dust that is channeled towards the ground and sticks in the fibres of carpeting or other surfaces.
  • Periodical deep carpet cleaning, will draw out the stubborn particles that are embedded in the fibres.
  • Vacuum your sofas and chairs, too. There will always be nooks and corners of your upholstery that attract dust and it is easy to forget these unseen areas.
  • Our beds are often an overlooked source of dust, too. Being that our skin sheds a huge amount of particles daily, it goes without saying that a large majority of dust is caused by us. Our beds, therefore, contain a lot of lying particles and so make sure all bedding is cleaned, washed and changed regularly to maintain hygiene and cleanliness levels.
  • When dusting, it is a great idea to open as many windows as possible, so as to give the particles a chance to go outside and not to just fly somewhere else in your home or office. Dusting may be a very irritating element of cleaning, because a lot of it is naked to the human eye, but by keeping regular routines, you will find that your home feels cleaner and more hygienic.
  • Also, for anyone with allergies in the home, proper, thorough dusting can be a great way of reducing symptoms of dust allergies and go towards reducing these issues.