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One day I noticed that you can follow the dust in my bedroom back to the air vent. I took two fresh dryer sheets, stapled them together, and covered the air vent with them using four refrigerator magnets. It catches much of the dust, so now I only dust about once a week or so, depending on how much the central air or heater is running.
By Leslie from Mesquite, TX
I agree with the others. My husband is an HVAC man and you never want to restrict air flow too much. That's what dampers are for.
I picked up a small "auto duster". The large versions are called "California Car Dusters" and are used to dust the outside of the car in areas where there are water restrictions and car washing isn't allowed at the dollar store.
It works better than the disposable dusting wands, and the dirtier it gets, the better it works. If it gets really bad, I take it outside and shake it out, then go back to dusting. It is treated with an oil to help trap the dust, so no sprays needed either.
Source: I discovered this method while working in retail, and having to dust hundreds of square feet of shelving very quickly.
By Diane from Wonder Lake, IL
Where can I find this awesome duster?
Go to your local dollar store and buy a hand duster (meant for dusting tables, etc.) Walk to the top of your (non-carpeted) stairs. Holding the railing with your free hand, back down, dusting as you go. I dust from the right side of each step to left and then give a little flick downwards. Very easy on your back, safe, light in your hand to hold, quick and efficient.
When you get to the bottom, just tap your duster to get remaining dust out of it, then wisk up the dust with a dust pan. I've been using the same duster for about 3 years now and it still works like a charm.
SO much easier than lugging a vacuum up and down the stairs. I found using a broom just blew the dust down and was dangerous because I needed both hands to sweep and easily got off balance.
They are only $1.00, worth giving one a try. You'll love it, promise.
By Ann from northern Ontario, Canada
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wow. that is surely more than pollen. yes i agree call your agriculture office or the like. ask them if other people have this problem. if it is dusty it could be in your air and therefore breathing it. that is very strange.
Wish I knew what to tell you. I have a small country store which had the same problem when we bought it. Since then, we have insulated the attic and walls, new wall paneling, new carpet, less windows, probably better sealed doors, new heating and air conditioning and vents. No more problem!
Maybe things need to be sealed up better in your home--good luck. I hated that junk and it bothered my breathing.
Could it be spores from some kind of fungus?
I didn't see anything about when you bought the carpet or if you did buy the carpet. I tend towards the breakdown of the carpet pad as an answer. Pollen usually causes other problems and not just carpet color changes.
I also think you should talk to the health department because this does sound like a biohazard of some sort especially if your breathing is affected.
The suggestion to talk to an Ag college is good, too-- especially if they have a biohazard degree. They might be interested enough to do an analysis.
Bless you and good luck
The carpets are 3 and 5 years old, and none have rubber backing. At first I thought it was the white carpet, and they even replaced it. Then when I scrubbed my green rugs and the water was yellow I saw that was not the problem. I do have natural gas but in the basement were the furnace is nothing is yellow and the carpet down there is not yellow. The walls and the ceilings do not turn yellow. The house is very well insulated. I have very high ceilings and in the winter my heating bills are like nothing. No one in the house has any trouble breathing of has had any trouble breathing. I live by a ford stamping plant, but I'm not sure if they burn anything. I was thinking could it maybe be the stuff you sprinkle on your rugs before you vacuum-like carpet fresh? Also I have used electric potpourri pots with liquid potpourri for years. I threw all on them out, and I am not going to use them ever again. On my fireplace where I had a potpourri pot its yellow. So maybe this is the problem. Any one use these pots with liquid potpourri? Thank you all for all the input and feedback. It is really helping me. Thanks so much.
DO YOU BURN A LOT OF CANDLES? i HAVE BEEN TOLD SCENTED CANDLES LEAVE A RESIDUE BEHIND.
YES I DO BURN A LOT OF CANDLES. THEY ARE ALL YANKEE CANDLES.
Check your dryer vent connection making sure theres no leaks.Make sure your dryer drum is not out of round if it makes a thumping sound when on and it isnt quiet it means its out of round meaning not petfectly round anymore and is allowing dryer lint into the home. If you have a fireplace have someone go up into attic and make sure its connected properly if its dislodge its allowing attic dust into the home. Have your hvac checked mAke sure there isnt dust from attic or from outside coming in from somewhere. Maybe your hvac needs to be cleaned. Check all weatherstripping on doors
Does anyone know how to repel dust and keep it off for longer than a day?
By CH. V