I live in a one-bedroom New York City apartment. Most of the time we leave our windows open because we enjoy a breeze and the muffled sounds of the city.
Come springtime, I have upholstery cleaners come in to shampoo our sofas and dining room chairs. However, during the pandemic, I canceled this annual ritual.
I recently had them back, and as they like to do, at the end of cleaning they showed me all the dirt they extracted from our furniture. Even though I know it’s a bit of a marketing tactic, it always amazes me.
I understand that some of you are hesitant to expose yourself to the chemicals that might be used or the smells of wet upholstery. I get that! So, perhaps call around to see if you can find a cleaner who uses good old fashion soap and water.
There is research that shows that mycobacteria avium intracelluare (MAI) thrives in house dust. Clearly, none of us can completely eliminate all dust in our homes. But we can take simple measures to keep our living spaces as clean and dust-free as possible.
Remember to always wear a mask when vacuuming and dusting. Also, try your best to eliminate carpeting, drapery, and other dust collectors whenever possible.
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Linda Cooper Esposito, MPH is a health educator with bronchiectasis. She developed the BE CLEAR Method to Living with Bronchiectasis and writes with compassion and humor about this chronic lung disease.