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KATHY’S HOME & GARDEN TIPS – CONTROL DUST IN YOUR HOME
Kathleen Weaver Zech - Dean's Team Director of Buyers Agency ServicesThere are about 5,000 or so possible ingredients that make up dust.  Dust mites feed on the skin cells that we and our pets shed every day. Tiny particles of soil and sand join fibers from clothing, carpet, drapes and furniture. Add in mold spores, pollen and bits of plants and insects and you have an allergy aggravating miasma.

Old carpets shed fibers and hold onto dust. Consider replacing old carpets or better yet replace with hard surface flooring. Every time you walk across a carpet your feet knock particles into the air. With forced air heating these particles float with the air currents throughout the house. Carpets and padding will deteriorate over time, becoming brittle and breaking into fine particles which contribute considerably to dust.

Replace your old furnace filter with a high efficiency pleated one. Change it once a month. Vacuum often but make sure you use a HEPA filter, otherwise you're just spreading around the dust. Duct cleaning is not really necessary unless you just had remodeling done or if they have never been cleaned.

Always use a sturdy mat with a rough surface outside the door so everyone can clean their shoes before entering. Put outdoor clothing in a closet and keep the door shut.

We all love our pets but like it or not they are a source of much dust. Launder their sleeping areas frequently, and bathe and groom animals regularly. 

KATHLEEN WEAVER-ZECH & DEAN'S TEAM CHICAGO

Posted: Thursday, January 28, 2010 1:46 AM by Dean's Team

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