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Guide | March 03, 2024

How to Remove Dust in the Home

The World Health Organization (WHO) has estimated that the average person spends up to 90% of their time indoors. With so much time spent in common living spaces, it’s only sensible that we regularly carve out time to remove dust from the home. By implementing a cleaning schedule and engaging in home maintenance and home improvement projects, you can take steps to improve your general wellbeing at home and beyond.

Dyson's vacuum and air purification technology produces scientifically backed results. In this article, discover what causes dust and the Dyson cleaning checklist to embrace in your home.

What causes dust?

  • Dust is comprised of various microscopic particles. Once airborne, these particles travel around the home, settling on all kinds of surfaces. Below, our Dyson experts explain how to get rid of dust in a room to achieve a thorough clean and a healthier space for humans and our pets to live in.

    When impurities and debris such as bacteria, pollen, smoke, dirt, pet dander, hair, skin cells, and pollution come together, this leads to an accumulation of indoor dust. The 2022 Dyson Global Dust Study revealed that due to its microscopic size, dust can become displaced by small movements, such as sitting on a sofa or switching on your air conditioning. Essentially, our daily activities dictate what causes dust to travel. Therefore, to remove dust effectively, the key is to look beyond the floors and target furniture, high surfaces, curtains and corners – alongside flooring.

    When present in the home, dust can contain allergens. As Monika Stuczen, Research Scientist in Microbiology at Dyson explains, "Just because it is out of sight does not mean it should be out of mind. The microscopic dust particles like pet dander and dust mite allergens have the largest impact on your health and well-being."

How to get rid of dust in the house

Pollution and debris can fight its way into all areas of the home. You may have already noticed that dust leaves no surface untouched. Dust can be found in the corners of walls and floors, skirting boards, the tops of photo frames and light fixtures, at the backs of wardrobes, and on windowsills and shelving. If you’re wondering how to remove dust effectively, you can clean from high to low areas. This practical technique ensures that any dust that moves as you clean can be cleaned up later.

Next, discover the Dyson step-by-step method for how to get rid of dust in the house.

  • 1. Regularly vacuum and wash hard floors

    It may be an apt time to implement a vacuuming schedule into your home maintenance schedule. Vacuuming helps to ensure that dust, dirt, debris and pet hair are removed from the home on a regular basis. As we know, these are quick to accumulate. Note that while hard floors, carpets and rugs are commonly vacuumed, upholstery, mattresses, ceilings and walls require attention, too.

    When vacuuming, a good tip is to focus on areas slowly and deliberately. This allows the brush bar more time to pick up and remove dust. Dyson’s vacuum accessories help to clean upholstery and reach higher spaces, as well as dust blinds. You can also consider beating your rug outdoors. This helps remove additional particles and dirt before vacuuming.

    For homes with hard flooring such as wood, tiles, ceramic, stone and laminate, it’s important that you wash hard floors as part of your cleaning schedule. Vacuum first, and then go over any hard floors with a wet cleaner. The Dyson V15s Detect Submarine is our all in one machine which can do both- removing dry, wet debris and fine dust. Do not vacuum spills or wet debris in dry mode, as this can cause damage to your vacuum cleaner.

    2. Wash fabric, upholstery and linen

    Dust, dust mites, pet hair and other particles stick to fabrics and upholstery. To thoroughly clean these materials, regularly wash bedding, blankets, curtains and other fabrics and use vacuum attachments to clean mattresses, couches, and other upholstery. This helps to remove dust and improve air quality in the areas you frequent. Furnishings that pets lay on such as couches and animal bedding are also common spots for dust mites and debris to form. If possible, as part of your house cleaning schedule, remove the outer material and wash it at a high temperature.

        3. Wipe down surfaces

    You may already clean dusty surfaces with a wet cloth, but the most effective method for eliminating household dust is to vacuum them first.

    Vacuum hard floors, then use attachments for surfaces. Next, mop the floors and wipe down the surfaces with a wet microfibre cloth to remove dust and other debris. This will attract and hold onto the remaining dust. When considering how to get rid of dust from surfaces, pay close attention to areas like: 

    • The tops and sides of fridges
    • Cabinets
    • Pantries
    • Bookshelves
  • V15S

  • 4. Use an air purifier indoors

    Air purifiers assist in eliminating household dust by helping to clean and purify the air in the home. Dyson's advanced purification machines are engineered with technology that traps dust before it settles on your furniture and floors. Dyson purifiers capture 99.95% of dust and ultrafine particles1. Some Dyson machines also link up to a smartphone app to deliver indoor air quality reports.

    If your purifier seems to be running more than usual, or you're noticing that your furniture gets dusty soon after cleaning, your filter may be clogged. For optimal performance, it's advised to change your filter regularly.

  • 5. Groom pets to reduce hair

    Pet hair mixes with dust and other particles, and pet dander can trigger allergies. In the 2022 Dyson Global Dust Study, we revealed that 1 in 2 pet owners worldwide allow their dog and cats to sleep on beds at home2, but only 36% of them include their mattresses in a clean. This can affect the quality of air that you breath.

    Regularly grooming and bathing pets helps to remove the dead skin cells which make up dander and reduces the amount of hair dropped on your floors. The Dyson Pet grooming kit, engineered for medium to long haired pets and helps to capture and remove dust, hair and dander before it has the chance to shed onto surfaces.

How to prevent & reduce dust in the house

For how to remove dust from the home, the best method is to use effective cleaning technology. Dyson’s latest vacuuming technology like the Dyson gen5 uses HEPA grade filtration to trap 99.99% of particles down to 0.1 microns3. Built-in illumination also reveals the microscopic dust you won’t normally see on hard floors4, so that you can be confident of a full clean

For large indoor spaces, the specially designed Dyson Purifier Hot+CoolTM Formaldehyde purifying fan heater combines a precise solid-state formaldehyde sensor with a unique catalytic filter that continuously destroys formaldehyde.5 HEPA H13 and activated carbon filters to capture dust, allergens, gases6 and other ultrafine pollutants6.

Now that you have learned how to prevent dust in the house, read our guide to seasonal allergies

1Particle challenge by DEHS oil specified in EN1822 within a chamber specified in ASTM F3150. Tested in Max Mode at IBR US, for whole machine efficiency above 99.95%.
212,309 respondents across 11 countries: US, Australia, Japan, China, South Korea, France, Britain, Germany, Spain, Italy, and Turkey. Fieldwork conducted from 15th to 24th November 2021. Data has been weighted at a ‘Global’ level to be representative of different population sizes.
3Filtration tested against ASTM F3150, tested in Boost mode by independent third-party, SGS-IBR Laboratories US in 2022. Filtration efficiency is calculated by comparing the number of standardised dust particles entering the vacuum cleaner against those released. The capture rate may differ depending on actual environment and the mode.
4Compared to the original Dyson Laser Slim Fluffy™ cleaner head. Effectiveness influenced by ambient light conditions, debris type and surface.
5Tested for filtration efficiency at 0.1 microns (EN1822).
6Particle challenge by DEHS oil specified in EN1822 within a chamber specified in ASTM F3150. Tested in Max Mode at IBR US, for whole machine efficiency above 99.95%.