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Asked on Feb 28, 2017

How do you manage dust?

Peter SimmonsJulie WellsRachel


I'm doing constant dust-battle in my little apartment. The dust usually wins. It does not do good things for my allergies. Anyone have helpful tips for how to manage/get rid of/prevent dust build up? Appreciate it hometalkers!
17 answers
  • Hillela G.
    on Mar 1, 2017

    Hey Shoshana!
    First of all, make sure to change your linen frequently, they're dust traps!
    And, if you have rugs or carpets- consistent vacuuming is a must!
    When you're cleaning the other surfaces of your home- make sure that you're capturing and removing the dust, not just spreading it around. You're going to want to use a damp rag or disposable cloths in the place of feather dusters and dry rags/cloths.
    Try not to over-vacuum either because it whips around your dust.

    Also, clothing shed a lot of dust and fibers, if you store your shoes and folded clothes within other containers ( plastic or the like) then you can reduce the spread of dust

    In general, try not to let piles of anything build up because they're class A dust traps

    Good luck!!
  • Marj MRC Creations
    on Mar 1, 2017

    Depending on where you live, Shoshana, your apt. might be quite dry in these winter months. Get a good humidifier that you clean regularly (to avoid other allergens possibly emitting) that will help keep dust down by adding moisture to the air in your space.
  • Swinnen Lisette
    on Mar 2, 2017

    Like said above, don't let the dust fly around. Every morning I "fly" around with my swiffer, so it stays dust-clean. Maybe you are living next to a big road? That makes a lot of dust. I used to live next to a railroad track. Oh my, the dust a passing train is lifting up! Long-haired carpets are dust gardeners : better choose one of those bamboo carpets. Do not iron in your living- or bedroom if possible.
    Swiffer is you best mate I guess.
  • Canadianlady
    on Mar 3, 2017

    You need to get an air purifier for your home. These machines can eliminate up to 99 percent of the dust that floats around in the air. They're not hugely expensive. If Hometalk will let me, here is a link:
  • Shoshana
    on Mar 5, 2017

    Thanks for all the tips everyone!
  • Ginny
    on Mar 6, 2017

    I use old ceramic flower dish garden pots as water containers and place them in front of the heat vents (my vents are in the wall). Keeps rooms humidified. You will be surprised how much water disappears in one day. Have also heard of people removing a heat vent, putting cheesecloth on the vent and screwing vent back into original opening. This method is supposed to act as a filter. Anything is worth a try.
  • Mardell Ackerman
    on Mar 7, 2017

    I use a room purifier and they really do work. Got mine at Home Depot. Must clean filter often if a lot of dust!!!
  • Debbie O'Hara
    on Mar 9, 2017

    I cleaned house for a lady with allergies several years ago. Once a week I dusted down her house. She always had me put about a teaspoon of Lysol liquid cleaner in a gallon of water and use a soft wet rag to "dust" her house. I would wring the rag out in the water until it was just damp not dripping wet and wash down everything even wood furniture. Her house always looked so clean and smelled nice and clean also.
  • Vicki Prullage Murray
    on Mar 11, 2017

    I also read that if you remove your shoes as you enter your house, it prevents you from tracking in dirt, pollen, and other allergens. I have a boot tray right by my front door.
  • Eroque022810
    on Mar 15, 2017

    Make sure you have a carpet outside of entrance and inside as well then wash every week. Have you vacuumed your vents? I also use vent dust catchers. Is there anyway to see if owner changes furnace vents and what quality they are? You may find that it's an issue. But vacuum vents once a well after you dust with damp towel to not ruin wood furniture. Then vacuum even floors that don't have carpet. I use this Libbey cleaner that one side is for dirty floor other side is for washing floor with just water. You just rinse it out as you use it. No soap or other products can be used because you'll damage the head and it has velcro so easy on and off. Since you rinse it out until clean you can use the dry porting in the middle of the week and it's great. Highly recommend this product. Only downfall is you have to use broom and dust pan to pick up the dirt. Then I use a wet paper towel to make sure that I got it all. That's for the inbetween cleaning. Remember though that you can't wash wood floors too often. It has a large head so it goes by quickly then clean and let dry until your big cleaning day. We all have allergies in my family and this helps.
  • Dgreen
    on Mar 16, 2017

    Perhaps the filters on your furnace and air conditioner need to be changed.
  • Ltt834476
    on Mar 17, 2017

    If you change out our A/C filters at least every 3 months, that should help with a lot of the dust problem.
  • Kim
    on Mar 18, 2017

    Is the paint on your walls a 'flat' paint? Some contractors that paint apartments use cheap white construction paint. It turns chalky very quickly and causes ALOT of 'dust'. If you have flat paint on your walls, dust your walls...a lot. I've had this happen.
    • Shoshana
      on Mar 19, 2017

      I'm in an old, apartment that clearly wasn't brilliantly made. So this actually could be part of the problem. Thanks!
  • Suellen Hintz
    on Mar 18, 2017

    Most of my Dust comes from our heat/cool system and after reading these comments I think I'll get an air purifier. I used to work for an allergist and they always recommend damp dusting, using water, furniture sprays and waxes. I always vacuum my furniture. Never use feather dusters, etc, as this just stirs up the dust. You're trying to get the dust out of your home. Water filter vacuums don't allow the dust to escape the machine, as do most other vacuums.
    • Suellen Hintz
      on Apr 2, 2017

      i searched Consumer Reports and couldn't find the comparison they did. However, the highest rated vacs were not water filtered...great info to have. Water canisters were difficult to deal with. I can happily say our last two houses have had built in vacs.
  • Rachel
    on Apr 20, 2017

    Great tips everyone! Super fun to read all the comments.
  • Julie Wells
    on Apr 23, 2017

    I change my heating/cooling filters monthly. I buy a mid-range filter. I also use a filter charger spray that makes the filter surface tacky to trap small dust particles, just by spraying the surface of the filter.
  • Peter Simmons
    on May 15, 2019

    My wife has asthma. She's also allergic to dust, pollen, and many other suchlike particles. Before we bought our Honeywell HPA200, an air cleaning device that removes up to 99.97% of contaminants larger than 0.3 microns, she used to sneeze and wheeze terribly. I'll be honest here and say that she still battles her allergies and asthma. However, the symptoms have improved dramatically., with your permission, I'd like to post a link to an article I've written on what the Honeywell in our bedroom has done for my wife. Here's the link:

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