It’s that time of year again!  Fall is just around the corner and we have had a lot of dust storms and wind in Phoenix this summer.  Keeping in mind, it’s recently been very humid outside across the entire valley.  And what do you get when you mix dust, moisture, and wind?  You get dirt in places that you wouldn’t expect to find it at all.

The Arizona ecosystem can wreak havoc on the insides of houses without us even realizing it.  At least, not until we go to clean the house or have it cleaned professionally. Dust has a tendency to travel from place to place.  It doesn’t just settle and sit in one spot.  Especially with cooler temperatures coming.  When you open your windows to get that nice cool breeze, the air will move those dust particles around and sometimes, dust bunnies form.  Or, globs of dust.  These can also be mixed in with spider webs.  That’s right.  You are never more than 5 feet from a spider believe it or not!

Remember when living in the Valley of the Sun to always keep your air filters clean.  These are the filters for your central air.  Once they are clogged up with dust, particles get re-circulated around the home causing more dust build up.  Pets also contribute to dust build up.  Especially if you have one or more that shed a lot.  And it’s not just hair.  It’s hair and dander.

Some Tips on Keeping Dust Away:

  • Forget heavy drapes.  Heavy material drapes tend to collect a lot of dust and particles.  Consider changing to blinds or shutters.  These are also easier to clean.
  • Watch the Bed!  Wash pillow cases and bedding linen frequently.  Dust can build up on these items without you even noticing.
  • Central Air Filter.  Change this regularly.  Those filters tend to collect a lot of dust and particles and will end up circulating that throughout your home.  A Clean air filter also helps the air to flow more evenly and reduces strain on your A/C unit.
  • Clean out your Closets.  Closets are a magnetic haven for dust.  With all of your clothing, boxes, and items that you keep in the closet, you are asking for a miniature dust town.  Throw out everything that you don’t need.  Consider packing clothes that you don’t wear in some sort of container.
  • Beat your Rugs.  Take your area rugs and carpets outdoors and beat them.  Hanging them over a cloths line or fence usually works great.  Then just beat them with something blunt (Not sharp).  This also helps to evict any possible dust mites you may have that have taken up residency in your area rugs!
  • Use Swiffers.  Feather dusters usually push dust around.  Use a Swiffer instead.  It’s a magnet for dust and actually collects and picks it up.  These handy little tools are relatively inexpensive and can save you a lot of work.