Why you should know what a Dust Bunny is?


Dust bunnies are not as a fluffy and adorable as they sound; they are in fact clumps of dust and dirt that hide in corners and under your furniture! Before you can attempt to get rid of dust bunnies, you need to understand what they really are. Dust bunnies are large clumps of dust and debris. They include dead skin cells, hair, pet hair, clothing lint, spider webs, dirt and other contaminants. They all join together (via static electricity) to form one giant ball of dust.

Dust bunnies like to collect in areas that don’t get cleaned on a regular basis – such as the corners of rooms, ceiling fan blades, Ac filters and underneath beds and furniture. You know one when you see one – that clump of dirt and dust that floats around your hardwood floors, congregating in the corners and making your home look unclean and unkempt.

These giant clumps of dust aren’t only unattractive – they can also be harmful to your health. Everyone is impacted by the effects the dusty clumps have on indoor air quality. But people with allergies, asthma or other upper respiratory problems are the ones that seem to suffer the most. Accumulations of dust can eventually clog your air filters and land in your electronics causing things to overheat. Dust bunnies also seem to attract and trap dust mites and other nasty parasites!

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What are Dust Bunnies Made Of?

According to Merriam-Webster dictionary, a dust bunny is a ball of dust that forms in places that are not swept or dusted often. In reality, dust bunnies are made up of much more than dust!

Any pet parent knows that dust bunnies involve hair. Beyond that, they can contain dead skin cells, spider webs, lint, and any other debris that might be present around your home. Held together by static electricity, dust bunnies often start as one large particle and collect other smaller particles as they travel across flat surfaces.

Why are they called dust bunnies? Simply because they look a little like fuzzy creatures lurking under your bed!

Dust bunnies are an indicator that your home is full of potential allergens that might aggravate more sensitive sinuses.

How to Get Rid of Dust Bunnies

The simplest way to avoid dust bunnies populating your home is to dust and clean your floors frequently. Let’s look at where dust bunnies come from first. They collect in areas that aren’t used, typically underneath beds, behind sofas and heavy appliances that don’t get moved very often, such as refrigerators and washing machines. The best way to tackle them, therefore, is to clean!

  • Vacuum thoroughly : Pull out furniture when you vacuum. Take off the vacuum head and use the hose for any corners or hard-to-reach areas and use the smaller attachments to clean upholstery, paying particular attention to places that usually get missed, like the sofa cushions and down the sides of soft chairs.
  • Use a damp cloth to dust : Dusting surfaces with a dry cloth or rag can simply stir the dust up and release it into the air. Use some surface spray/ floor disinfectant or solution. Microfibre cloth is even better for picking up dust rather than spreading it around.
  • Wash your bedding at a high temperature
  • Have your house help clean the hard to reach areas
  • Clean your AC filters : Your AC filters protect your home from airborne contaminants. But when you forget to clean or service them, the filters become a hazard. Dirty filters can do more trouble than good. Cleaning the filter is easy; remembering to clean it is the hard part.For people with indoor pets or living in areas prone to high levels of dust, this might be as often as 3-4 times a week. In most standard environments like in Mumbai, where floor cleaning & dusting are daily chores, one needs to just take care of the hidden dust bunnies.

    It is critical, however, that you are capturing dust and other particles and not just spreading them around your home. Be sure to use the right kind of vacuum / broom for the type of flooring in your home. If you have hardwood or laminate floors, don’t forget about the area rugs you probably are using on top of those surfaces. Take rugs outside at least four times a year and shake them out to dislodge any particles that may be festering.

    To clean your AC filters, we will be more than happy to take them under our AMC plan and keep you away from the strife of remembering those service dates

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