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Dusting can be found topping many of our lists of chores. But how many of us are expert dusters? Here’s one way to find out: if you’re using a feather duster, you’re doing it wrong. Those flimsy tools only spread the dust around. In order to adequately remove dust from the various surfaces in your home, opt for a microfiber duster or a damp soft cloth.

What’s the big deal with dust anyway?

As reported by Hallie Levine on MarthaStewart.com, dust is made up of more than just lint, pollen, skin cells and animal dander. A study conducted by the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University, in Washington, D.C., she reveals, found that dust also contains 45 potentially toxic chemicals. They include TDCIPP (a flame retardant found in some furniture), the phthalate DEHP (in certain plastics, vinyl floors, and electronics), and phenols (used in some cleaning products).

Let it be known that a very important step in the world of adequate dust removal is not neglecting the spots of your home we often do not see.

Behind your appliances.

Every time you sprinkle salt, pepper or other seasonings on the food you’re cooking, there’s bound to be some sprinkles finding their way behind the stove. Anytime you’ve eaten something that creates crumbs – toast, cookies and crackers, for example – many of those crumbs are likely to hide behind your toaster, blender or microwave. To dust properly, move your appliances out of place and sweep up the areas that you wouldn’t otherwise see.

“Over time, crumbs, grease, and other debris accumulate behind your stove and refrigerator, providing a food source for insects and other pests,” writes Lauren Smith McDonough on GoodHousekeeping.com, “If possible, move the appliance out from the wall and unplug. Use a long-handled, slightly damp sponge mop…to lift dust from the back of the appliance, then wipe floor and walls with hot soapy water.”

The top side of your ceiling fan.

Your ceiling fan can be a live-saver on particularly warm days, can’t it? However, when it’s not in use, it can become home to accumulating dust particles. These particles will be shot across your living areas once you turn the fan back on again. Be sure to wipe the upper side of the ceiling fan to minimize the spreading of dust in your home.

McDonough offers up a particularly effective way to keep dust off your ceiling fan: “Place newspaper or a drop cloth under the ceiling fan. Turn off the power source, then get on a step stool. Use damp paper towels to wipe greasy dust from the casing and a soft-bristle brush dampened with a mild cleanser…to loosen the dust on the blades, then rinse with a damp paper towel.”

In your vents.

Have you been paying attention to the vent in your bathroom ceiling? While the exhaust fan is generally used for reducing moisture and minimizing odours, it also sucks in its fair share of dust. Give it a look. Don’t be surprised to see quite the accumulation of dust particles. Be sure to vacuum your vents regularly to avoid having dust re-circulate throughout your home.

Proper dust removal is an integral part of purifying the air in your home. At DF Technical & Consulting Services Ltd., we offer Air Quality Services that can be used to improve your indoor air quality. To learn more, call us at 1-855-668-3131 or email us at info@dftechnical.ca.

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