The current popularity of dark wood furniture has given many homeowners a chic, modern look in their dwellings. Dark woods complement contemporary furniture styles, and create a dramatic contrast to lighter walls and fabrics.
But dark furniture has also produced a little bit of fretting about dust.
Yes, just as dark hardwood floors tend to show lint and scrapes more readily than lighter ones, furniture crafted of dark wood is prone to the same issue. So are your black suits and black cars, for that matter — it’s simply a fact of life.
There are some easy ways to minimize the accumulation of dust, however.
• If you have forced-air heating or air-conditioning, be sure to clean out the registers each season.
• In your vacuum cleaner, use a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter. These trap very small particles that your vacuum would otherwise simply recirculate.
• Use humidifiers throughout your home during winter months. Humidifiers add moisture to the air and combat dry, flaky skin — one of the sources of dust. But keep humidity below 50 per cent, as dust mites actually thrive in humid conditions.
• Place mats outside the entrances of your home, no matter the season. Encouraging people to stamp the dust off their feet before entering will prevent it from moving into the main rooms of your home in the first place.
When cleaning, practice these tips:
• Use a microfiber cloth. Dust adheres to it and isn’t simply pushed around.
• Declutter. It makes it easier to tackle surface dust via weekly vacuuming.
• Vacuum mattresses and padded furniture thoroughly.