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4 Key Reasons Why You Must Dust Often

4 Key Reasons Why You Must Dust Often
November 28, 2019

The word “dust” sounds innocent enough, and even kind of charming. The phrase “a light dusting of snow” brings to mind images of the sun glimmering off of a beautiful white landscape on an early winter morning.

Need for frequent dusting

But don’t let the word fool you: dust isn’t pretty. Unlike rolling hills glistening with snow, surfaces covered with a coating of dust aren’t scenic, photogenic or charming—but they may be hazardous to your health.

While it’s all too easy to let dust accumulate, there are some important reasons why dusting is an integral part of keeping your condo clean.

Dust = Dead Bugs

Nothing dispels the myth that dust is charming faster than finding out what dust actually consists of. Many people know that dust is made up of dead skin cells that fall off the body, but that’s far from the only thing lurking in the powder-like substance on your floor.

In addition to skin cells, dust is composed of bugs that are in various stages of rotting. And if you have pets, your dust is even more diverse; it likely contains fur and animal dander as well. The exact makeup of the dust in your home will differ from other people’s, depending on what kind of substances you pick up or interact with throughout the day. But when you look at the list of individual components that make up the dust that collects in your space, you’ll likely find that you don’t want any of them in your home.

Allergies and Other Health Issues

As well as being annoying and kind of gross, dust can potentially be harmful to your health, especially if the dust particles in your place are small enough to be inhaled.

In the short term, when the dust is inhaled, it can bring up a host of potential health issues. Coughing and sneezing are common when the dust is inhaled through the mouth or nose, but when the dust particles are small enough, they can also lead to irritation of the eyes.

Dust also exacerbates already existing conditions. If you suffer from asthma, hayfever or a respiratory condition, having too much dust in your home can bring on more attacks—and unfortunately, even small amounts can make your symptoms worse.

If you have pets, the dust in your home will also contain pet dander, which could trigger an allergic reaction for any guests in your home who are allergic to animals, even when the animal is not in the room.

The potential long-term effects of living in a chronically dusty home could be even more serious. If you’re exposed to extremely dusty conditions over a long period, it could potentially result in a reduction of lung function, or lead to other disorders like bronchitis or even heart and lung disease.

Problems for Electronics

If the threat of some potentially serious health consequences isn’t enough to get you to start dusting, maybe the threat to some of your most prized possessions will be.

Allowing dust to pile up too much means it could potentially make its way into your electronic devices, and possibly cause significant damage. Depending on the device and the amount of dust in your condo, your devices could jam, overheat and potentially catch fire if too much dust collects in the wrong places.

Dust Mites

Dust may be ugly and attractive to humans, but one species happens to love it: dust mites.

Dust mites both consume and contribute to the dust in your condo. Dust mites eat the dry skin cells that are present in the dust — hence their name — but unfortunately, this doesn’t result in less dust in your condo. The excrement that dust mites produce further contributes to the problem, and also creates an additional health risk: it contributes to year-round allergies.

The best way to ensure that dust mites aren’t present in your condo is to remove their food source altogether—the less dust you have, the fewer dust mites you’ll have, too.

Wrapping Up

Dusting is an essential part of keeping your home neat, tidy, presentable and healthy. If you have kids who frequently crawl on the floor, it’s especially important because they’ll be at an even higher risk of some of the negative health consequences listed above.

Dusting often is crucial, but it can also be time-consuming and hard to fit into a busy schedule. To learn more about the importance of frequently dusting, call Maid4Condos at 647-822-0601 or contact us here.

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