Why Dust Sticks to Stuff



ceiling fans, bedding, closet storage

Dust seems like a pretty straightforward problem until you realize it a) actually sticks to stuff and b) sincerely does not give up, which makes sense because you are the biggest source of the problem.

That’s right. You and your dust are literally one and the same, so the more you hang around your house the more dust you’re going to have. Talk about a terrible Catch-22! So, what’s going on, and what can we do?

Dust, Static Electricity & Friction  

Dust particles often carry an electric charge, which means they’ll be attracted to things that carry an opposite charge. And, that doesn’t just happen with TV screens, many of which carry a charge thanks to the electronic components inside.

Other surfaces carry a charge because of friction. Ever wonder why there’s always dust on your ceiling fan, even though it’s always moving? Ironically, it’s the movement that creates the static charge that then attracts the dust.

Another all-too-true Catch-22!

Dust Loves Dust 

To add insult to injury, the dust particles are often attracted to one another! So, your fan blade attracts a few particles, but then they invite more particles, and then they throw a rowdy party and trash the place.

Thanks, dust!

Waging Dust War

Unfortunately, there is no magic bullet. And, when you consider that you’re basically battling yourself and the forces of electricity, it’s easier to accept your limitations.

But, there are a few things you can do:

- Vacuum more often, and use a vacuum with a good agitator to pull dust from the carpet.
- Turn on your HVAC fan for a bit after vacuuming to filter dust while it’s in the air.
- Dust with a cleaning agent or wet rag; feather dusters and the like just move dust around.
- Change your bedding more often.
- Store clothing you’re not using in plastic vacuum bags.

And, if that’s not enough, you can always find a local professional cleaner to help at Porch.com

The top-rated “Torto” by Fanimation might still collect dust, because science says so, but with its awesome design and airflow you’ll hardly notice.

Closet storage like this hanging wardrobe by Household Essentials can help reduce the dust that comes from loose clothing fibers.

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