Using Your Vacuum to Reduce Dust

Written by on June 30, 2012 in Vacuum Tips - No comments

Get Rid of Dust! Does Your House or Apartment Look Like This?


If your apartment is like mine, it occassionally gets dust.  We can’t help that – but we can remove it!  I have a filtered air cleaner for two of my rooms (the Hamilton Beach one is really cheap, but serviceable.  Honeywell is the best I’ve found).   But this post is about vacuums, not stationary air purifiers.  Besides, air filters only capture dust in the air.  So, unless you have a tornado whipping through your room, you’re not going to capture all the dust with an air purifier.



If You’re Going to Get an Air Purifier, Go with The Honeywell HFD-120-Q Tower


To minimize dust, I make sure to vacuum at least once a week.  I don’t just vacuum everything, I pay special attention to areas where 1) dust/hair/particles generate and 2) areas where these particulates agglomerate.  When doing so, I use a cordless vacuum or my tiny Eureka with nozzle attachment.


To make sure your apartment has as little dust as possible, spend 10 minutes a week vacuuming, focusing on these areas:


Dust Generation Areas

1) Any paper source – Cardboard and paper are notorious dust generators

2) Yourself – You are the source of most of the dust (and hair, of course) in your apartment!  The areas in which you typically spend your time will have much dust around them . Examples include the perimeter of your bed, around your desk chair, and any other place you spend considerable time.


Dust Aggregation Centers

1) Corners of rooms -  Dust and hair get trapped at the corners of walls.  Any size vacuum should have no problem fitting into these areas.

2) Sills – Window sills and mantles have a tendency to build up dust.  Use a handheld of nozzle to sweep these up.

3) Underneath objects – Underneath large appliances like refrigerators and freezers are notorious for accumulating dust.  Use a nozzle attachment or slim handheld to sweep under these, picking up all that dust.

4)  Irregular  floors in doorways -  I have wooden floors, and the floors in the doorway have a raised wooden surface. This surface has a habit of trapping dust, so use a nozzle or small aperture vacuum attachment to cover these areas.

5) Behind doors – If you keep a door open nearly all the time, dust will tend to accumulate below the door and behind it.  Use your vacuum to quickly remove dust from these areas.


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