Today we’re going to answer the question ‘What is Dust?’ and how you can combat the never ending battle. Cleaning your house can seem like a collection of basic tasks to most, but are you aware of the one big thing that you might be missing? Though someone may not forget to sweep their floors or disinfect their toilet, there is large portion of people that tend to forget one important thing.  Yep, you guessed it: dusting.

The average person creates 1/3 ounce of dead skin each week, which is the equivalent to the weight of a car key. While that 1/3 doesn’t seem like a lot, imagine multiplying that number by each member of your household and then multiplying that total by 52. I think we can all agree that it’s a bit more dust created in a year than one might have originally thought. Not to mention if you have a little furry friend adding to the mix.

The question of ‘What is dust?’ is actually quite popular. Many guides offer a scientific look at dust.The dust in your house is made up of a combination of things, such as the previously stated dead skin, hair, paper fibers, pollen, soil minerals, cosmic dust particles, and copious amounts of other materials found in the local environment. Bigger particles of dust can be 2.5-10 microns wide, but particles smaller than that can become trapped in your lungs. Breathing in high concentrations of dust over many years is thought to reduce lung function in the long run; contributing to disorders like chronic bronchitis as well as heart disorders. Those particles attaching to your lungs can also cause a wide variety of other health issues. For instance, one may experience irritation of the eyes, coughing, sneezing, asthma attacks, and other complications.

Dusty hands before cleaning home

With dust comes one nasty little creature: the dust mite. One gram of dust can be home to 500 dust mites.  These mites are attaching themselves to the particles to feast on dead skin. When people claim to be allergic to dust, they are in fact having an allergic reaction the mite itself; specifically, their fecal matter and deceased bodies.

Now, you may be thinking, “I always dust my house, so I think I should be okay,” but have you thought about what you are paying attention to, and what might you be forgetting? There are the simple areas to remember like your bookshelves, counters, and tables. These are the things that one can easily notice in any room, even if they just take a sweeping glance. Here are some of the many places that you may fail to remember:

  • Ceiling fans
  • Light fixtures
  • Behind the toilet
  • Vents
  • Blinds/Curtains
  • Lamp shades
  • Plants
  • Electronics
  • Pictures
  • Furniture
  • Cabinets
  • Corners of the walls

Though there are other places one could come up with, it’s safe to say that the point was made. Dusting is extremely important, not only for the cleanliness of your home, but for your overall health. If you don’t have the time or energy to worry about it, then you can always higher a professional cleaning crew, such as America Home Services. With their detailed and dedicated housekeepers, they can have your house looking immaculate, and dust free, in just a matter of hours. Just check our reviews and give us a call!