Even if you clean your home regularly, that doesn’t necessarily mean you’re getting it truly clean. Why not? Because the quality of the air inside your home is a major determining factor in just how clean your house really is. And when that air isn’t clean, your health can suffer.
According to the EPA, indoor air is up to five times more polluted than the air outdoors. If you’re cleaning but you’re not paying attention to the way you clean, there’s a good chance you’re making your indoor air quality worse.
Read on to learn which of your cleaning habits might be contributing to poor indoor air quality.
Dusting With Ineffective Cleaning Tools
When you’re trying to improve indoor air quality by controlling dust accumulation inside your home, regular dusting is essential. And though you might dust regularly, the way you do it determines just how much dust you actually remove from your home.
You’re not doing your indoor air quality any favors if you’re using any of the following ineffective tools to get the job done:
● Feather dusters
● Cloth rags
● Paper towels
Instead of those tools, use microfiber wands or disposable polyester dusters (Swiffer wands are polyester) that are designed to trap dust rather than push it around. Be sure you always dust from top to bottom, too, starting with the fan blades in every room and moving down from there.
Not Cleaning Your Household Ventilation System
Your home needs plenty of ventilation to allow airborne particulate matter to flow outside. But in Minnesota, we have long stretches of time when opening windows and doors simply doesn’t make sense.
During those times of the year, your household ventilation system (your ductwork and your heater or a/c unit) serves to force air through a filter system (your HVAC filters) to remove airborne particulate matter. But if you don’t keep up with duct cleaning, that system can’t do its job very well.
Without routine duct cleaning, your ductwork accumulates a substantial amount of dust, dust mites, pollen, dander, chemical residues, and several other substances that pollute your indoor air. And since your HVAC system continually recirculates the same air (it doesn’t bring in air from outdoors), it pushes those particles back into your living areas and into the air you breathe.
Cleaning With Harsh Products
Although they’re designed to clean and sanitize your home, many cleaning products are terrible for your indoor air quality. What kinds of chemicals are we talking about? Things like:
● Chlorine bleach
● Toilet bowl cleaners
● Furniture polish
● Laundry and dishwasher detergents
● Oven cleaners
● Many, many more
These products contain several volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that are hazardous to your health. If you clean with them often, you’re leaving harmful chemical residues throughout your home. Rather than cleaning with chemical-based products, opt for more natural alternatives to keep your indoor air quality high.
Check out these other household products that diminish indoor air quality. Do your best to avoid using these things around the house too.
Neglecting Furniture and Bedding
Upholstered furniture and bedding accumulate a staggering amount of particulate matter and bacteria quite quickly. Dead skin cells, pet dander, hair, pollen, dust, and dust mites are just a few of the nasties that might be lurking on your couch or in your bed.
To prevent these particles from floating around in your indoor air, make sure you wash all of your bedding at least once per week. Likewise, remove upholstered furniture covers and wash them with the same frequency. Regularly washing the fabrics in your house can go a long way toward controlling indoor air pollution.
Does Your Home Have Poor Indoor Air Quality? Discover How Duct Cleaning Can Help
If you’re ready to improve the indoor air quality in your Twin Cities home, let our team at Dust Doctors make it happen! For over a decade, we’ve specialized in a variety of indoor air quality improvement services, including duct cleaning, furnace cleaning, and a/c cleaning, and you won’t find our highly specialized methods anywhere else.
To learn more or schedule an appointment, go ahead and request a free quote or call our Little Canada office at 651-319-9777. You can also send us a message with any questions, and we’ll be in touch!
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