What is dust, anyway?
Dust is the collective term used to describe the wide variety of organic and inorganic particles that collect in our homes. Here’s an unpleasant thought: The majority of dust is made up from shed skin cells. That’s why the areas of your home that are used most often also tend to have the most dust. (Dust mites like to eat these skin cells.) Dust on mattresses, bedding and sofas will contain a particularly large amount of skin cells.
How is dust dangerous?
When you walk around or vacuum, dust particles are stirred up into the air, and along with them come the slew of potential toxic chemicals and other unsavory items like rodent waste and insect parts. You may then breathe in these particles or absorb them through your skin once they settle back down onto a surface you touch.
Allergies, asthma, itchy eyes, coughing and runny noses aside, the specific health effects of house dust depend on which contaminants are in the dust, as well as the levels and how long you have been exposed. In the case of flame retardants (PBDEs), for example, which one U.S. study found were present in every home they tested, they could affect brain development and reproductive hormones.
How to minimize dust in your home?
It’s impossible to NOT have any dust in your home. The key, however, is to keep the dust away as much as possible. Regular cleaning and maintenace will help you do that.
At Rainbow AV we know the importance of keeping you home clean and shine, minimizing the dust is one of our main targets!