Dust is a nuisance. It exposes you to allergens and can make the space unlivable.
Depending on the extent, you may find it hard to keep anything clean, especially fabrics.
Nonetheless, most electronics wear down faster in dusty environments which might mean early replacement or frequent repair.
But, How Do You Get Rid of Dust in A Mobile Home?
The key is to not bring it inside the home in the first place. While indoor items like furniture and fabrics like bed sheets can be a source of dust, most of it comes from outside.
Fifteen Ways To Keep Dust Out Of Your Home
1. No Shoes Policy
In the summer when the outside is hot and dusty, dust particles are more likely to hitchhike on your shoes into the home.
For that reason, place a mat at the doorstep and ask everyone to leave their shoes there.
Go for something made of natural fiber although pretty any other mat with a rough surface can do.
2. Regular Vacuuming with HEPA Filter
The best thing about vacuum cleaners is that they suck the dust and debris rather than blow it around.
However, not just any vacuum cleaner is perfect for dust elimination.
They are equipped with filters, and all filters aren’t the same.
For maximum dust elimination, you will want to go for HEPA (high—efficiency particulate air) filters.
As the name suggests, they are designed to trap even the tiniest dust particles floating in the environment.
3. Buy an Air Purifier
An air purifier sucks air from the environment, removes dust particles and debris, and releases the clean air back into the room.
And just like vacuum cleaners, they are equipped with filters, so the best bet for you would be HEPA filters.
Go for a machine rated at over 80%, meaning it’s designed to reduce pollutant particles by 80% or higher.
4. Declutter and Cut Back On Fabrics
The presence of lots of fluffy items could be the cause of your dust problems.
Such things as fluffy area mats, fabric upholstery, clothes, and even pets will release loose fibers in the air from time to time.
Also, the more junk you have at home, the harder it gets to clean them and keep the space dust-free.
So get rid of all unnecessary items.
5. Ensure Your HVAC System Is in Great Working Conditions
Did you know your HVAC system can introduce dust in your home just as easily as it does deliver cool air?
The conditioned air delivered by your AC unit may hold dust particles if the filters are faulty.
Old or low-quality filters can be porous enough to pass noticeably large dust particles, and that’s why you should replace them once in a while (about 3 months).
Take your time to inspect the ductwork and vent registers.
6. Beat Your Rugs/Cushions Often
Indoor rugs are known to accumulate dust with increased use.
If it has been a year since you took your rug outside and beat the dust off, the next appropriate time is now.
Cushions too can be dust reservoirs.
In fact, they are the worst because they collect all kinds of debris: fallen hair, dandruff, fibers from the rest of the upholstery, etc.
Remember to drape them over your railing and beat them for a few minutes. When it comes to beating, don’t think too far, a broom or piece of the heavy stick will do.
7. Get The Fabrics Off Your Windows
Fabric curtains are too old school.
Another reason why you should replace them is their tendency to introduce fine particles in the air, ruining your home’s air quality.
If you like to leave your windows open in the summer, some of the pollen grain and dust flowing through the windows will settle on the curtains.
You’re likely to forget washing or replacing them, meaning they may act as dust reservoirs long after you’ve cleaned the rest of the home.
Fortunately, you can do away with them cheaply rather than have to replace or wash them often.
Wooden blinds can be an excellent dust-free replacement.
8. Ditch or Install an Area Rug
An area rug can eliminate or create a dust problem.
If you stick to your no-shoe policy, an area rug can reduce dust accumulation quite considerably.
Otherwise, it will certainly make it worse.
That’s partly because, while most area rugs are designed to trap fine particles, over-accumulation of dust particles will be released in the air as you walk on the rug.
Note that even the most powerful vacuum cleaner can’t remove all the dust from a very dusty rug.
So, if the area rug is not working for you, get rid of it. Otherwise, keep it but consider adding wood or ceramic flooring.
9. Pamper Your Fluffy Pets
If you didn’t know, pets are some of the top contributors to indoor dust.
As they groom, they normally shed loose hairs which may accumulate on upholstery, floor, or area rugs.
The trick to preventing pet-induced dust problems is to brush and shampoo them often enough, from outdoors.
If they are prone to scratch and rip surfaces into shreds, go for wooden furniture and cut on the fabrics. Some cases may require behavioral adjustments – seek the advice of your local veterinary office.
10. Ditch Certain Cleaning Products
Some cleaning products and equipment may seem to do the right job only to add dust in your home in the process.
For instance, feather dusters are great at cleaning but only when wet. When dry, however, they will release dried debris into the air.
Such cleaning items as disposable cloths and faulty vacuum machines need to be ditched as well.
11. Create A Cleaning Routine
Maybe you should clean your home often and regularly. Create a cleaning routine that you can adhere to.
Keep your floor clean, change your old lights, and wipe the windows.
Don’t use the same pieces of fabrics for extended periods. Bed sheets too – clean and replace them often enough (once every fortnight is about right).
12. Switch to Wool-based Socks
There are two reasons why you should go for wool socks.
Firstly, they don’t release filamentous fibers, at least not as actively as regular socks.
Secondly, they might end up resolving the stinky feet problem.
13. Keep Windows/Doors Closed in The Summer
Hot months are also the dirtiest. That’s the time of the year when the outdoor air has the most dust and other particles.
While you might be tempted to leave the home’s openings ajar for cooling reasons and fresh air, it only makes sense that you keep them shut around this time.
14. Caulk The Foundation/First-Floor Framing
Start by removing the baseboard before sealing the walls to your floor. That way, you will cut dust encroachment from the outdoor ground by a lot.
15. Seal The Ceiling
A leaking ceiling can be just as bad as an AC machine with bad filters – dust may flow indoors unabated.
So, hire a roofing professional and fix the gaps in the roof before summer. Do it as if you are trying to save energy.
To summarize everything, the best way to cut indoor dust is to keep it outside.
How? No shoes in the home. The HVAC system must be kept in the right working conditions.
You will need to be choosey with the kind of cleaning products and type of upholstery and fabrics to bring at home.