Most of us spend the majority of our time inside. Between home, school, work, or the store, most Americans spend almost 90 percent of their lives indoors.
With such a large amount of time spent inside, it’s important to make sure your home is clean and comfortable. Airborne allergens like dust or cobwebs that can build up in your home can be a respiratory irritant for you and your family. And spider bites can be both painful and itchy — not to mention the potential medical complications of a venomous bite.
Both dust and cobwebs are experts at working their ways into the hard-to-reach nooks and crannies of your home. Knowing how to properly clean and prevent spiders and dust from settling in your home can help you improve the air quality and cleanliness of your home.
From spider-repelling techniques to identifying often-overlooked dust-collecting surfaces, here’s how to prevent and remove dust and cobwebs from your home.
How to Remove Cobwebs on Your Own
Since spiders use their webs to catch prey, they can be highly adhesive to your walls and ceilings. if a regular dusting brush or hand towel isn’t effective, try using a vacuum extension brush to pull the webs off your walls.
If you don’t have a long-reach vacuum, you can use a broom handle or extension [ole and a paint roller to clean away the cobwebs.
Apply tape to the paint roller that won’t harm the paint or wallpaper, with the sticky side of the tape facing out. Roll it along the walls or ceiling to get rid of the cobwebs or dust in the high corners and walls of your home.
How to Prevent Cobwebs
Preventing cobweb buildup makes your cleanup efforts that much quicker and easier. The following regiment can help you prevent spiders from getting cozy in your home:
- Make sure your windows and screens are properly sealed.
- Use peppermint oil — spiders and many other pests hate peppermint oil. Combine peppermint oil and water in a spray bottle and spray the solution wherever you find spiders in your home.
- Maintain a routine dusting and cleaning regimen — clutter is a haven for spiders and their cobwebs. Dust at least once a week and keep clutter in your home to a minimum.
- Remove all cobwebs as soon as you see them.
How to Prevent Dust Buildup
No matter how much you clean, some dust collection in your home is unavoidable. This is especially true for the areas in your home that you probably don’t think about cleaning during your routine dusting.
One easy-to-overlook surface in your home is lamp shades. A lint roller or vacuum extension is an effective way to remove dust from your lampshades without damaging the shade.
Another dust-collector that you may be overlooking is your houseplants. Some houseplant’s leaves lie at an angle that captures dust or dander.
Watering the plant from the top down helps wash away dirt that may collect on the tops of the leaves. If the plant’s leaves are too far from the pot to water from above, you can use a toothbrush or damp cloth to gently lift the dust.
Hire a Cleaning Service
A cleaning service can help you make sure every surface of your home is dust and cobweb free, no matter how hard to reach. Enjoy clean, breathable air and a pest-free home, all while saving yourself time and effort. Hire a cleaning surface today >