Managing Dust Bunnies In Your Manhattan Home or Office

Posted by NYBMain 03/16/2016


Whether you see them or not, your Manhattan home is hopping with dust bunnies. They invade your space and live rent-free in corners, under beds, in mattresses, curtains, upholstery and areas that are hard to reach with a vacuum, broom or duster.

These fuzzy balls of dust are no laughing matter. Typically held together by static electricity, dust bunnies are actually microscopic particles of dust and other materials that have latched together. Like a snowball, as they roll around the house their size grows as they collect more hair, dirt, pollen, dead skin, mold spores, lint, carpet fibers, and even pieces of dead insects.

Common Dust Bunny Hideouts:

  • Under the furniture like beds, sofas, chairs
  • Behind and between appliances like refrigerator, stoves
  • Inside mattresses and pillows
  • Floorboards and ceiling corners
  • Inside upholstered furniture stuffing
  • Between pleats of lampshades and curtains
  • Under and within carpets and rugs

Dust bunnies can be minimized with a regular cleaning schedule in order to avoid a build up of dust levels. Because when dust levels build up, it can play host to millions of microscopic 8-legged spider-like scavengers called dust mites. About 20 million Americans are allergic to these little bugs. Dust mites love warm, humid settings and feed on skin scales and dander shed by humans and animals.

Common Problems Caused By Dust Bunnies:

  • Clog vents of appliances and cause overheating
  • Clog vacuums and air vents
  • Home to parasites like dust mites
  • Produce allergens and trigger asthma
  • Contribute to a variety of respiratory problems

Tips For Controlling Dust Bunnies

  • Regular cleaning schedule
  • Vacuum with a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter weekly
  • Use the vacuum attachments to get into cracks and crevices where dust hides
  • Vacuum mattress, couch and other upholstered furniture on a regularly
  • Use a static dusting mop head under beds, dressers, couches and behind doors
  • Wash bed linens weekly in hot water (at least 130 F)
  • Steam clean rugs, carpets and entryway mats frequently
  • Use a dehumidifier to remove moisture from the air. Keep the humidity below 50%

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