Dust Under the Bed: a Guide, and Can it Be Controlled?

This is what "dust" looks like under a microscope. Busy looking stuff, isn't it? (source: funsci.com)
This is what "dust" looks like under a microscope. Busy looking stuff, isn't it? (source: funsci.com)

This Hub was inspired by a question asked by ngureco, and I decided I just had to write about it! So here you go ngureco, I hope this helps.

The original question:

"Why Does Dust Form Very Fast Under The Bed? How Do You Control Dust Under The Bed?"

A good question, ngureco!

"Dust" around the household is a hodgepodge of random stuff, but it's mostly composed of fabric fibers. These fabric fibers are pulled from your clothes, linens, sheets, towels, furniture, and more, not to mention the very carpet you walk on. They can be "pulled" by almost anything, though typically they are pulled by electro-magnetic forces or friction. Household dust isn't just fabric fiber, though. It's also composed of dead human skin (which you are shedding constantly, by the way, though you don't often realize it), dry food, cardboard, dirt, wood, pollen, gaseous particles including aerosols, microscopic plastic nurdles, mold, fungi, lichen, polystyrene foam and foam rubber, gum, insect parts including exoskeletons, hydrocarbon wastes that are "saturated" or heavy (this stuff comes from your water boiler/heating system, air conditioning, oil heaters, etc.), small bits of metal debris from friction between sliding door hinges... essentially, any kind of particulate animal/vegetable/mineral debris!

That's a lot of dust... (source: climatelab.org)
That's a lot of dust... (source: climatelab.org)

It forms quickly simply because there is so very much of it, and since these particles are the product of friction or static electricity and magnetism (as well as biological or chemical factors), they are getting peeled off all the time!

Now, I'm assuming your bedroom is carpeted. Carpets, because they are so thick and often are statically attractive to dust particles, tend to draw in and hold onto a lot of these dust particles that are constantly floating around your house. Not to mention, being composed of fabric fibers that are constantly exposed to magnetism and friction (every time you walk on carpet, you are shredding it up a teeny tiny bit), carpets are themselves breeding grounds for dust.

Time to rally the troops and get to cleaning! (source: squawkfox.com)
Time to rally the troops and get to cleaning! (source: squawkfox.com)

Dust is ancient, and has been around as long as the earth has. In fact, "dust" has been around since before the creation of earth in our universe ("Space Dust" being the soup from which our universe was made and planets form around stars). In theology, most religions have a variation of "from dust we came, to dust we will return." Indeed, you're not escaping dust anytime soon, and it isn't going anywhere.

So, as far as "controlling" dust goes, the very best thing you can do is to get a feather duster and dust your home every other week, and try to vacuum your house at least once a week! You could use Pledge or other kinds of aerosol cleaners to pick up the dust... but then you'd really just be creating more dust with the chemicals and pollutants. Why not try water with vinegar or lemon juice instead?

Another great way to slow down the aggregation of dust in your home: get rid of the carpet, and go for a tiled or wooden surface. This won't stop dust accumulation of course, but it will slow it down some, and make it easier to clean. The trade-off here obviously is that carpets sometimes look better and just "fit" a room's design more effectively, and carpets are oh-so comfy on your feet! But if you really want to curtail the amount of dust in your home, the carpet has to go. Don't worry: this is a very environmentally friendly solution too, so not only would you be limiting the dust in your home, but you'd be helping the environment a bit as well.

Also make sure you check flat surfaces, especially on and underneath major appliances. Dust doesn't accumulate here "faster" than it does anywhere else, but it certainly seems that way because these are places you simply don't often pay much attention to!

Of course, you can always opt for some brand new luxury beds!

I hope this helps a bit! Good luck with the housecleaning! :)

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Wyatt Fleming 6 years ago from Colorado

Hey, I did not know that! Very informative Hub, thanks SuperiorInteriors!


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Mike Ryan 6 years ago from Florida

Cool Hub thanks


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SuperiorInteriors 6 years ago from San Diego, California Author

Thanks, guys! Glad you enjoyed it!


San Diego 6 years ago

Having a clean, fresh smelling home or office can be achieved with something as

simple as having the carpet cleaned occasionally. By keeping the carpet clean,

you're also reducing dust, dust mites, and harmful allergens. The air is fresher

because the carpet will no longer have a huge amount of built-up dust particles.

When dust is built-up in the carpet, it's being released in the air as you walk on

it - even if you can't see it. Persons with allergies will benefit tremendously

from a professional carpet cleaning.


Janelle 23 months ago

This site is like a cloasrosm, except I don't hate it. lol

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