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Where does Dust Come From?

December 27, 2018

Like many people, dust may be something of a mystery to you. It constantly accumulates, but where does it come from? How does it get inside your house? What’s it made out of? By understanding these things, you’ll have an easier time keeping your home as spic and span as possible.

What is Dust?


Dust is everywhere. It’s indoors, outdoors and everywhere in between. Outdoor dust mostly consists of tiny particles of dirt and various pollutants. Indoor dust is a whole other matter. As unpleasant as it may sound, indoor dust is largely comprised of dead skin cells. The average person sheds 30,000 to 40,000 dead skin cells per minute, so it accumulates quickly. Dust inside a home is also made up of clothing fibers, carpet fibers, dirt, pet dander, mold spores and pollen. Many other microscopic particulates are found in indoor dust as well.

The Dangers of Dust

Dust doesn’t just ruin the appearance of a home. It can pose health hazards too. Dust mites, in particular, can trigger allergic reactions in some people. Those who have compromised respiratory systems due to asthma or other conditions tend to suffer a lot when they’re exposed to excessive amounts of dust as well.

Where does Dust Most Commonly Accumulate?

Dust doesn’t discriminate when it comes to settling around a home. However, it tends to accumulate more effectively in places where it “sticks.” Mattresses, pillows and carpets are prime examples. Dust can also form “dust bunnies” beneath chairs, tables and other nooks and crannies.

Rid Your Home of Excessive Dust

The best way to keep dust to a bare minimum in your home is by keeping it as clean as possible. By having a professional house cleaner come out a few times a month, dust will never get a chance to accumulate too much, and everyone will be happier and healthier for it.

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