You know one when you see one - that clump of dirt and dust that floats
around your hardwood floors, congregating in the corners and making your
home look unkempt. That's right, a dust bunny.
What is a dust bunny?
According to Merriam-Webster, a dust bunny is a ball of dust that forms
in places that are not swept or dusted often. In reality, dust bunnies
are made up of much more than dust!
Any pet parent with a shedding companion knows that dust bunnies also involve
hair. Beyond that, they can contain dead skin cells, spider webs, lint,
and any other debris that might be present around your home.
Held together by static electricity, dust bunnies often start as one large
particle and collect other smaller particles as they travel across flat surfaces.
Rascally rabbits! Dust bunnies can harm your home.
Beyond being an indicator of a house that needs a good cleaning, dust bunnies
actually pose a few threats to your household environment. Those rascally
rabbits can actually clog the area of your electronics that emit heat
and cause things to overheat!
As you can imagine, dust bunnies are also an indicator that your home is
full of potential allergens that might aggravate more sensitive sinuses.
How to banish the bunnies and take control of your home!
The simplest way to avoid dust bunnies populating your home is to dust
and clean your floors frequently. For people with indoor pets or living
in areas prone to high levels of dust, this might be as often as 2 times
a week. In most standard environments, however, once a week is usually
frequent enough to keep those bunnies at bay. Upgrading the filter you
use in your central heating and cooling system can help control dust as well.
It is critical, however, that you are capturing dust and other particles
and not just spreading them around your home. Be sure to use the right
kind of vacuum for the type of flooring in your home. If you have hardwood
or laminate floors, don't forget about the area rugs you probably
are using on top of those surfaces. Take rugs outside at least four times
a year and shake them out to dislodge any particles that may be festering.