Dust prevention strategies used for preparation include:
- Completely empty the room, just as if you were moving.
- Empty and clean all closets. If possible, store contents elsewhere and seal closets.
- Keep clothing in zippered plastic bags and shoes in boxes off the floor, if you cannot store them elsewhere.
- Remove carpeting, if possible.
- Clean and scrub the woodwork and floors thoroughly to remove all traces of dust.
- Wipe wood, tile, or linoleum floors with water, wax, or oil.
- Cement any linoleum to the floor.
- Close the doors and windows until the dust-sensitive person is ready to use the room.
Dust prevention strategies used for maintenance include:
- Wear a filter mask when cleaning.
- Clean the room thoroughly and completely once a week.
- Clean floors, furniture, tops of doors, window frames and sills, etc. with a damp cloth or oil mop.
- Carefully vacuum carpet and upholstery regularly. If possible, use a special filter in the vacuum.
- Wash curtains often at 130 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Air the room thoroughly.
Carpeting and Flooring
Carpeting makes dust control impossible. Although shag carpets are the worst type to have if you are dust sensitive, all carpets trap dust. Therefore, healthcare experts recommend hardwood, tile, or linoleum floors. Treating carpets with tannic acid eliminates some dust mite allergens. Tannic acid, however, is:
- Not as effective as removing the carpet
- Irritating to some people
- A hassle because it must be applied repeatedly.