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Old 01/21/07, 07:36 AM
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dusty house?

for those of you who have animals and kids that go in and out, and hard floors, how do you keep the dust down in the house? we do not have a forced air furnace, only small electric heaters, yet with a kid and dogs and cats going in and out, it seems I can never get a handle on the dust. It settles on everything, and I mean everything. I dust constantly, even the houseplant leaves, but where the heck does it all come from? I know 2 dogs dont shake off that much dust. we dont live in a dusty area. Anyone?

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Old 01/21/07, 07:47 AM
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I have a Rainbow vaccuum cleaner (wet vac)...yes they are pricey, you can probably find one used, but truely, it has been the only thing that keeps it down here.

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Old 01/21/07, 07:49 AM
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what do you vacuum with it? I mean dust on things other than the floor. the bookshelves, the plants, the counters, the computer, everything.

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Old 01/21/07, 08:02 AM
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I know, my house is the same way. Where does it come from??? I vacuum as well as sweep, use the extra super-duper filter on the furnace, dust with swiffers instead of a regular dustcloth...

...and everything is STILL covered in dust. Just like you said - right down to the plant leaves.

This is my first house with hardwoods, so I wonder if the dust that's blowing around is dust that normally would go down in the carpets to hide?

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We have 3 German Shepherds, a forced air wood burning furnace, AND hardwood floors. It's the triple whammy of dust! I vacuum the hair and dust every day, and wash the floors on hands and knees 4 or 5 times a week, and dust the funiture twice a week. I used to do it even more before I went back to work. When we aren't burning wood, it's not quite as bad. I use a dust mop to go under the furniture.

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Old 01/21/07, 08:56 AM
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Ahh yes another breeder of dust bunnies... I offered mine at buy one for 1 cent,get ten free. So far no takers. I too have the wood stove, wood floors, and three dogs, three kids, and farm outside the door. I have just come to accept that those dust bunnies can breed under the furniture until each weekend then I cull! Of course the tv gets dusted daily or yuo wouldn't be able to watch anything...its all comes with the teritory of having wood floors. And if you had carpet; yes that's where they would hide. You'll just have to find a happy medium that you and family can live with.

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I'm making my house carpet free in hopes of reducing the dust to a tolerable level.

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Old 01/21/07, 09:17 AM
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Wood floors do not make dust...you may see more dust on wood compared to carpet...but they don't make dust. Are you saying that you believe you have more dust to deal with than the same family having carpets? Dust comes from dead skin cells, animal dander, pollen, carpet fibers, etc. There really is no way of reducing this dust unless you kid rid of kids or animals. (I'm not sure regarding those indoor air purifiers, tho).

At any rate, we have 100% wood floors, a good dust mopping is fast and collects most of the dust. When needed, WIHH wet mops the floor with water mixed with Milsek.

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Old 01/21/07, 09:26 AM
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Whats Milsek?

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Old 01/21/07, 09:43 AM
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Whats Milsek?
Milsek is a furniture cleaner and polish....and much, much more. I've talked about it in this thread: http://homesteadingtoday.com/showthr...ghlight=milsek

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Old 01/21/07, 10:38 AM
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Thank you! I might have to try some of that, our hardwoods in the front of the house are over 50 yrs old and are begining to lose their luster. The people before us had put carpet on them and we ripped it up to get them back. The carpet on them starts to act like sandpaper, the dust gets down in the pad and as your walking on it you are grinding away at the floors.

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Old 01/21/07, 10:43 AM
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Hey one more question, we have an old story and clark Piano made in 1914, and the wood on it is really needing some moisture, would that stuff be good on it? It literally sucks up anything you put on it.

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We're in a 6 yo house now- carpet/pergo/tile- and dust levels are bearable (also house is bigger than we've had, ever). In England we were in a small 50 yo house mostly carpeted near a highway and a railroad track (active as are almost all tracks there) and there was lots of dust everywhere- maybe older houses, and outside air, and our dust concentrated in smaller house. Seemed like more. Also in past even in a large house (hardwood floors) with two dogs shedding it got dusty- but think I clean more often now (no brand new baby!)- and it was mostly just dog hair collecting in the corners we rarely got to.

I hear stone and adobe make more dust but never heard hard wood does- just that you see it more than on carpet. Here with mixed floors I dustmop pergo and tile a lot since I can see small dustbunnies starting, then rarely vacuum carpets either when they are dirty looking or I am coughing a lot. When I DO vacuum the carpets I get a lot more fuzzy dust up in the vacuum than I do in a every two weeks dustmopping of pergo even for a much smaller area of carpet! I think carpet makes dust but it probably just concentrates it- we carry it on our feet from pergo and it catches and stays on carpet?

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Hey one more question, we have an old story and clark Piano made in 1914, and the wood on it is really needing some moisture, would that stuff be good on it? It literally sucks up anything you put on it.
I'd consult an expert on antiques but I'd oil or polish dry wood. We have a 1904 piano which was refurbished about 20 years ago and is just gorgeous- consider having someone (or you) strip and refinish it- a vanity I had done (when the antique guy repaired a broken off foot, telling us repairing it so it looks nice would lower the value!) is so much nicer, less sticky and dark from the old varnish- than it was before the refurbishing. Had never realised how beautiful cherry veneer is supposed to be!
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Old 01/21/07, 11:51 AM
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I'd consult an expert on antiques but I'd oil or polish dry wood. We have a 1904 piano which was refurbished about 20 years ago and is just gorgeous- consider having someone (or you) strip and refinish it- a vanity I had done (when the antique guy repaired a broken off foot, telling us repairing it so it looks nice would lower the value!) is so much nicer, less sticky and dark from the old varnish- than it was before the refurbishing. Had never realised how beautiful cherry veneer is supposed to be!
Many experts have different opinions on waxing, some prefer oils.. we only use a good beeswax.
I also read that burning beeswax candles can help cut down on pollutants....

Clean the air:
unlike other candles that produce toxic fumes when burned.
Draw in contaminants:
As the candle burns, it produces negative ions that circulate in the room and attract pollutants.
Neutralize pollutants:
such as dust, odours, mould, bacteria, viruses and other toxins.
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Old 01/21/07, 11:54 AM
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I have nine dogs, three cats and a hubby who tracks in mud. No carpet downstairs. We're extremely dusty! I can dust in the morning and by lunch everything is dusty again. When we're having company I always leave the dusting and vacuuming for last...just before they arrive. I use my vacuum to dust most of the time as I figure just wiping it is sending most of it back into the air to settle later.

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Oh man, do I know what you mean about dust!!!! Our current place is the WORST of any I've ever lived in....by a long, long shot. One thing that kind of works....DH built this dust filter (made a wooden box with a square hole in it the size of one of those filters that takes really fine stuff out of the air....maybe 15x20" or so?, then put a blower motor inside, so it sucks the dust in through the filter). So I will plug that thing in, then take the shop-vac and put the hose on the port that blows air out. Then, I will aim the nozzle at my plants, bookshelves, light fixtures....everything. Have to have the big dust filter on though, or the dust just gets blown into the air, only to settle right back down on the same plants, shelves, etc.

Otherwise, I have no great solutions for you. But I do completely sympathize. It is largely a losing battle with the stuff here. I can wipe down my desk (w/ all its knick-knacks and gadgets) with a wet rag, only to have it look like I did nothing only a couple of days later (and I'm talking dust that you could write your name in if you cared to do so).

If you find something that works like a charm, do post it because I would love to know !

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Hey one more question, we have an old story and clark Piano made in 1914, and the wood on it is really needing some moisture, would that stuff be good on it? It literally sucks up anything you put on it.
That's an excellent use for Milsek. We use at 100% strength on dried-out, wood antiques all the time. The stuff kinda renews and reconditions the finish on the wood without ruining the value of the antique.
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Old 01/21/07, 12:32 PM
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That's an excellent use for Milsek. We use at 100% strength on dried-out, wood antiques all the time. The stuff kinda renews and reconditions the finish on the wood without ruining the value of the antique.
Excellent! I went in the website and looked around, now I just gotta pick out a smell I can live with. Thanks!
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thats what kind I mean. where you can wash everything, and in a few days, its all dusty again. Growing up, there were 3 of us, but no animals at dads, and the place was like a museum. how do museums do it? a thousand people a day with their shoes on? I know they couldn't possibly have a daily dusting team.
growing up at moms, though, 3 kids and cats, dogs, and birds everywhere. My memory just doesn't recall so much dust. I just dont know how my plants have survived all these years.

when ever I end up at my permenant living place, I think I may build some book shelves with the glass doors on them to keep the dust off books. It drives me crazy!

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Ionizer or air purifier is the answer

My FIL has the same problem with dust. So do we. We live in an area that is full of silt....the ultra fine sand that gets into everything.

I believe the answer may be an air purifier. I don't have one yet. But maybe we'll hear from folks who do.

Other than that, I vacuum once a week and invested in 2 dozen dust cloths.

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It's true, you just see the dust on wood that you don't ever see on carpet. When we tore up the carpet in our dining room to install the wood, believe me, we FOUND every speck of the dust we didn't know was there for 10 years. There were literally little piles of dirt under the pad. My husband did NOT want wood floors, but when he saw what the carpet was hiding he said, "Ok, we're getting rid of all the carpet!". Maybe in super clean houses with no kids or pets and no farmyard outside the door, capet is fine, but in this house it just gets too icky.

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what do you vacuum with it? I mean dust on things other than the floor. the bookshelves, the plants, the counters, the computer, everything.

I vacuum everything with it; it has many different attachments. The 'floor' attachment I use the most as I have hardwood floors. I only have carpet in the bedrooms which I'd love to take out! I have a carpet attachment (like a regular vacuum with a beater and all).

I use it on the walls, fans, shelves just about anything. I have a soft bristle attachment that I do those with. I even vacuum out the birdcage. It all gets trapped in the water tank of the unit...no worries about it going back into the air.
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Wood floors do not make dust...you may see more dust on wood compared to carpet...but they don't make dust. Are you saying that you believe you have more dust to deal with than the same family having carpets? Dust comes from dead skin cells, animal dander, pollen, carpet fibers, etc. There really is no way of reducing this dust unless you kid rid of kids or animals. (I'm not sure regarding those indoor air purifiers, tho).

At any rate, we have 100% wood floors, a good dust mopping is fast and collects most of the dust. When needed, WIHH wet mops the floor with water mixed with Milsek.

I agree with CF.

After having carpeting, I'll never have it again. It's dirty!

We have linolium and laminated wood flooring and ,yes, it gets dusty. i vacuum the whole house at least once a week-That's means moving any furniture I can move by myself. Everyday, I sweep with an electric broom.
I dust once a week. I figure that if anyone show up and doesn't like my dusting job, they can dust for me.

In winter we run two air filters.
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I found out I was allergic to dust mites (actually their poo) and would have sinus infection everytime I vacuumed. The allergist told me the best thing I could do would be to keep my bedroom as bare as possible, no carpeting, nickknacks, books (killer for me as I love to read before retiring for the night) keep closet door closed, no feather pillow etc.
So..dh bought an air filter for our room, and we have one of those ionizer/ozone? thingies. Dh takes the filters out and cleans the with the air hose to help them last a bit longer between filter changes. We have a water bed so it's easy to wipe it down with a wet rag while changing the bedding.
Our sweeper does not have a cloth bag, rather a bin which can be emptied and washed. Overstuffed, fluffy furniture is also a source for dust to accumulate. Our furniture is mostly wood pieces. Ever wacked a recliner to see the dust fly? The one cloth covered and stuffed chair and footstool I have gets taken outside at least twice a year and whacked with one of those nerf baseball bats. I use the vac on the floors and for dusting, using the various attachments. The other rooms, except the living room which is carpeted, in our house are bare wood and linolium (sp?) which we sweep and mop. The couple of rugs I have, gets shaken and then gets run through the washer. When changing the furnace filters, about every two weeks, dh sprays dust spray on them to help catch the dust. We also cut up filters to fit the registers and spray them with the dust spray as well. It all helps. We have been taking the screens out and storing them. (maybe a duh! here) They collect lots of dust.
One of the problems is the house is over fifty years old and every time the furnace kicks on, fifty years of dust gets redistributed. We plan to have the company that sweeps out the house duct work come this fall.
I bought a shop vac and use it in the basement. Our basement is unfinished and the furnace is a dual type, using gas or wood. Messier with wood, but either way, when it kicks on the dust goes flying. I use the shop vac to sweep up the concrete dust, ash, (no live ash) cobwebs, also coming up the steps onto the back porch sweeping up the mud, dirt and dog hair. Yeah, the 2 dogs are porch puppies and the door coming in either goes down to the basement or up to the kitchen.
Still, after cleaning, it doesn't take long for the dust to resettle. It can get discouraging at times.
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the whole dust in the air thing is one of several reasons we never use the furnace. electric heaters do a better job of not introducing 'mystery duct leftovers' into the main air supply. the electric heaters just blow around what is already in here. the vents stay completely covered.

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Lonely, Have you tried the quartz infared electric heaters?? They claim to opperate with half the electric used in resistance heaters. Without using fans, they heat the objects in the room instead of the air. I would like to try one, but haven't heard from anyone who has one.

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If you live near a gravel road or have a dirt driveway this could be some of your dust problem. Just look at how much a vehicle kicks up when it goes by.
Trees make a good barrier to reduce some of the dust.
It's kind of a losing battle, all you can do is just reduce some of the build up.

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Oh y'all have taken such a load of guilt off of my shoulders for me! I used to think that I was just the worst housekeeper because I always saw dust. LOTS of it. Four dogs, five cats three kids, hard wood floors...'nuff said? I swear when I sweep there is enough hair to make a small dog! I am very allergic to dust... it kicks up vertigo for me, so I am a bit crazed about dust and yet my house is dusty. I feel so much better just knowing that at least is is out in the open where we can get at it and clean it up, rather than down in the carpet making me sick. *whew!* I feel so much better !
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