How to Dust-Proof Your Home

Arm yourself with these proven strategies in the battle to banish dust from your home.


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You Will Need

  • A mattress and pillow covers
  • A vacuum cleaner
  • A damp mop
  • Product to spray rags for dusting
  • HEPA air filter for furnace
  • A portable HEPA filter unit
  • Wood, vinyl, or tile flooring (optional)
  • Shades or blinds (optional)
  • A HEPA filter for your vacuum (optional)
  • An old tennis racket (optional)


  1. Step 1

    Understand where dust comes from

    Understand that dust comes from the tiny flakes of skin we constantly shed, fibers shed by fabrics, insect parts, pet dander, hair, pollen grains and mold spores, and dust mites.

  2. Step 2

    Learn where dust hides

    Learn the places where dust hides, such as deep inside carpet, drapery, upholstered furniture, mattresses, and on hard surfaces, including all of those knick-knacks decorating your home.

  3. If you can, replace wall-to-wall carpeting with wood, vinyl, or tile, and drapes with shades or blinds that are easier to keep free of dust.

  4. Step 3

    Cover mattresses and pillows

    Enclose your mattresses and pillows in zippered, dust-proof covers. If you don't like plastic or vinyl, look for fabric, allergen-impermeable covers.

  5. Step 4

    Vacuum and damp mop frequently

    Vacuum the carpeting and upholstered furniture frequently. Damp mop floor and walls.

  6. Attaching a HEPA filter, available at some vacuum stores and allergy supply companies, to your vacuum cleaner will prevent some of that dust from circulating back into the air.

  7. Step 5

    Beat and shake area rugs and cushions

    Take your area rugs and cushions outside to shake them vigorously or beat them every week. Some people like to use an old tennis racket.

  8. Step 6

    Dust effectively

    Don't just move the dust around using feather dusters or dry rags – capture it! Use damp rags or spray your rags with a product that will hold the dust.

  9. Step 7

    Wash sheets and blankets in hot water weekly

    Wash sheets and blankets in hot water every week. Cold water leaves up to ten percent of dust mites behind. Dry cleaning also kills mites.

  10. Step 8

    Use air filters

    Install a HEPA air filter on your furnace or purchase a central air filtration unit, if you have forced-air heating and cooling. A portable HEPA filter unit may also help remove dust from the air.

  11. Did you know? A typical used mattress can have up to 10 million dust mites inside.