Dust. Almost every cluttered home that I work in has a lot of dust. You name it; I have seen dust caked on its surface. My team once vacuumed 10 pounds of dust from one home. Many of my clients have some sort of breathing problem or challenge and must use a breathing machine. I believe that many of these breathing problems are because of the dust in the home.
I speak regularly about dust and clutter during presentations for the Better Breathers Club California American Lung Association. With the hotter months coming up, I wanted to share some important facts about dust. (Read further to see what is significant this month). We also perform detailed vacuuming using a HEPA filter high-grade vacuum when working with clients because of the impact of dust.
Clutter attracts dust. When our dust rag hits a surface it goes POOF like a bag of flour exploding. Without a mask I feel dust seep into my mouth, tongue, teeth and yes, lungs. The best I can describe this is as chalk like. When clearing and cleaning a lot of dust, it is very important to open up windows before we begin. We encourage everyone on our team, and this includes the client who is part of our team, to wear a N95 dust mask or a respirator.
Here are three interesting facts about dust I was surprised to learn:
Dust consists of particles in the atmosphere that come from various sources such as soil, dust lifted by weather, volcanic eruptions, and pollution. Dust in homes, offices, and other human environments contains small amounts of plant pollen, human and animal hairs, textile fibers, paper fibers, minerals
from outdoor soil, human skin cells, burnt meteorite particles, and many other materials which may be found in the local environment.1
Dust pneumonia is a medical condition that develops due to the excessive exposure to dust. This form of respiratory disorder affected a great number of people during 1930s in America when the Dust Bowl took place. The Dust Bowl was a period of dust storms that affected American and Canadian prairies during a severe drought in the 1930s. The Dust Bowl caused ecological damage, agricultural depression and consequently economic and social disaster. Enormous amount of dust in the air caused dust pneumonia in large portion of the population and many died.2
Dust mites grow best at 75-80% relative humidity, and they cannot survive when the humidity is below 50%. Dust mite populations’ peak during the hot, humid months of July and August. Depending on its age, your mattress may house between one million and ten million dust mites. Dust mites flourish in warm, humid environments.
Now that you have learned some facts about dust, I invite you to consider purchasing a mask or two. Not multiple masks as you still probably need to declutter and don’t want to create more dust. Use when you are cleaning or sorting and kicking up dust. Please make sure it has a particulate filter. Here are two examples of ones Collector Care recommends:
Has clutter caused your breathing problem because of dust? Are you ready to clear your clutter and kick your dust to the curb? Collector Care can help you declutter, whether you have extreme clutter, are a hoarder or need some minor help clearing your clutter. We also can get you organized.
Call Collector Care at 925.548.7750 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule your free 30-minute consultation and learn about how we can help you declutter.
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Sources 1 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dust 2 http://m.steadyhealth.com)