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  • How to Dust-Proof Your Home. Arm yourself with these proven strategies in the battle

  • to banish dust from your home. You will need A mattress and pillow covers A vacuum cleaner

  • A damp mop Product to spray rags for dusting HEPA air filter for furnace A portable HEPA

  • filter unit Wood, vinyl, or tile flooring (optional) Shades or blinds (optional) A HEPA

  • filter for your vacuum (optional) and an old tennis racket (optional). Step 1. Understand

  • that dust comes from the tiny flakes of skin we constantly shed, fibers shed by fabrics,

  • insect parts, pet dander, hair, pollen grains and mold spores, and dust mites. Step 2. Learn

  • the places where dust hides, such as deep inside carpet, drapery, upholstered furniture,

  • mattresses, and on hard surfaces, including all of those knick-knacks decorating your

  • home. If you can, replace wall-to-wall carpeting with wood, vinyl, or tile, and drapes with

  • shades or blinds that are easier to keep free of dust. Step 3. Enclose your mattresses and

  • pillows in zippered, dust-proof covers. If you don't like plastic or vinyl, look for

  • fabric, allergen-impermeable covers. Step 4. Vacuum the carpeting and upholstered furniture

  • frequently. Damp mop floor and walls. Attaching a HEPA filter, available at some vacuum stores

  • and allergy supply companies, to your vacuum cleaner will prevent some of that dust from

  • circulating back into the air. Step 5. Take your area rugs and cushions outside to shake

  • them vigorously or beat them every week. Some people like to use an old tennis racket. Step

  • 6. Don't just move the dust around using feather dusters or dry ragscapture it! Use damp

  • rags or spray your rags with a product that will hold the dust. Step 7. Wash sheets and

  • blankets in hot water every week. Cold water leaves up to ten percent of dust mites behind.

  • Dry cleaning also kills mites. Step 8. Install a HEPA air filter on your furnace or purchase

  • a central air filtration unit, if you have forced-air heating and cooling. A portable

  • HEPA filter unit may also help remove dust from the air. Did you know Did you know? A

  • typical used mattress can have up to 10 million dust mites inside.

How to Dust-Proof Your Home. Arm yourself with these proven strategies in the battle

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