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Household Dusting

Are you constantly battling the dust bunnies inside your home? If this is a sore subject for you, don’t worry, you are not alone. The Canton Cleaning Company is a full service home cleaning service in Baltimore, and we have seen the good, the bad and the down right dusty in the past several years. According to, the average six room home in the US, collects more than 40 lbs of dust each year! I am coughing and sneezing just thinking about that! Luckily for you, we are here to help with some tips and tricks on battling these evil occupiers of our dwellings.

Step 1, make sure you change your air filters regularly in your HVAC system. By regularly, we mean within every 3 months. If you have allergies, pets, and possibly an older home with exposed masonry such as brick walls, we recommend getting your hands on a filter with a higher MERV rating or Filter Performance Rating. A rating of 9 or 10 is highly suggested!

Step 2, high dusting is a must! Un-screw those returns, exhausts fans, and ceiling/ floor vents covering your ductwork and wipe down with a microfiber wipe or a fabric sheet or shoot with some compressed air. These key areas trap dust and when clogged, prevent the flow of dust and airborne particles from your ductwork. Have ceiling fans? If so, time to break out the step ladder. Clearing dust from the bottoms, sides and tops of those ceiling fan blades can be easily lost in the shuffle, however is a key place for where dust likes to accumulate. Take a clean duster, or microfiber wipe or a fabric sheet to your ceiling fans to make sure this area is always dust free.

Step 3, time to get yourself a vacuum with a HEPA filter. Vacuuming is certainly an art, vacuuming is not a race and passes should be done 2-3 times per area at different angles to secure as much dust and dirt as possible. Vacuuming in areas that are high traffic and where pets like to hang, should be done at least 1 to 2 times per week at minimum. Vacuums with HEPA filtration (High-Efficiency Particulate Air), are higher quality vacuums that weed out a much higher count of dust and allergens. For those that are a bit more sensitive to allergies, we recommend purchasing a vacuum with a sealed bag vs a canister vacuum. During the vacuuming process the picked-up dirt and dust is much less likely to exit the vacuum during the filtration process than in a canister.

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