It's dry and dusty

by Julie Finch-Scally

Why is it when the weather is dry and hot there seems to be more dust?  As I type this Blog and look around my desk I can see dust over the screen monitor, on the keyboard and printer, but the worst place is the desk itself and the monitor stand. 

When the weather is hot and dry any moisture in top soil becomes dried out.  Small particles are easily picked up by a breeze and blown into the air which carries it a distance.  Because these particles are loose they are easily caught in clothes, on our shoes and any where it finally settles.

It is times like these when the mat inside the front door becomes more than useful.  Although people rub their feet over a mat outside the front door, in most cases this only loosens any dirt being carried on the shoe soles so that second mat sitting inside actually catches the loose dirt before being tread into the rest of the property.

If you look around your home you will discover that most of the dust is on the horizontal surfaces.  This means the top and the bottom ledge of picture frames; TVs and even computer monitors will have a thicker layer of dust than the side panels.  Even the runners of drawers, because they are horizontal, collect dust.

But, back to it being hot and dry.  Another problem arises when it is dry and that is static electricity.  Yes it occurs when it is windy but the dryness causes surfaces to become electrically charged which attracts fine particles of dust.

The best method of cleaning when it is hot and dry is to wipe over all horizontal surfaces with a damp cloth.  This way the cloth will hold onto the particles of dust and stop them from flying up into the air only to fall down somewhere else. 

Of course damp dusting takes longer than a wipe over with a dry cloth and this is because the cloth when damp dusting needs to be regularly rinsed to remove the collected dust.  If the cloth is not rinsed after cleaning a few objects dust taken from one object will be spread across the next.  Regularly rinsing the cloth keeps it dust free and more suitable for wiping over the next article.  Also it is wise to wipe a dry cloth over the cleaned area so any loose dust will not stick to the wet surface.

Yes it does get dustier when it is hot and dry, but damp dusting is the answer to keeping the dust to a minimum.  


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