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What is dust, and is it harmful to human health?

March 16, 2023

What is dust? What is it made of, and is it bad for human health?

Dust includes tiny particles of debris and dead skin. Its small size means it can be inhaled and potentially evoke an immune reaction. Such allergic reactions may be minor or major depending on the individual. Dust can also serve as a “fomite”, potentially carrying viruses and possibly passing on infections.

Household dust is mostly made up of human skin, microscopic creatures and dead bugs. This may make your skin crawl, but doesn’t offer significant health risks for most people.

However, other forms of dust can be very harmful indeed. Last year, tiny particles of sand, wood and asbestos contributed to 12,000 deaths from lung disease in the UK, according to the Health and Safety Executive. Many more deaths will have been caused by exposure outside the workplace, including to particulates produced by cars.

Repeated, long-term exposure to high levels of dust of any form can harm your health. Normal household exposure will probably not cause you any problems, but working in a dusty environment may well do so.

Whether you tackle it with a vacuum, a dust rag or a feather duster, most people agree dust can be a Pain in the *ss! It makes you sneeze, your eyes run at times, and it’s everywhere!! There are as many ways to combat dust as there are home cleaning services. At Superior Housekeeping Service we use Orange Glo furniture polish to do alot of the dusting we do, 2nd only to an Ostrich feather duster. Dusting is a major task in every cleaning type that we do: Standard, Deep Cleaning and Move Out Cleanings.

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