Dust Explained: Dangers of Dust Inside the Home

Take your index finger and wipe it over….say, the top of your tv. Chances are, you’ve got a visible amount of dust there, right? (Unless Markatos has been in your home in the last few weeks. Your finger should be clean.) You may be thinking, “OK, OK, I will get out the duster more often”. But doesn’t it make you a little nervous to hear that some of the components of dust are dead skin cells, animal fur, decomposing insects, food debris, lint and organic fibers from clothes, tracked-in soil, soot, particulate matter from cooking, etc. This is what’s going into your lungs daily. (I’ll post the link to our website at the bottom.)

How is Dust Dangerous?

When you walk around or vacuum, dust particles are stirred up into the air, and along with them come the slew of potential toxic chemicals and other unsavory items like rodent waste and insect parts. You may then breathe in these particles or absorb them through your skin once they settle back down onto the surfaces you touch.

Dust is mostly made up of shed human skin cells, but it can also contain flame retardants, heavy metals and toxic byproducts of cigarette smoke.

This is especially concerning if you have small children or infants. Children who crawl and put their fingers in their mouth can ingest 10 grams of dust per day. And, since they’re smaller than adults and their systems are still developing, putting them at a higher risk from contaminants.

Allergies, asthma, itchy eyes, coughing and runny noses aside, the specific health effects of house dust depend on which contaminants are in the dust, as well as the levels and how long you have been exposed. In the case of flame retardants (PBDEs), for example, which one U.S. study found were present in every home they tested, they could affect brain development and reproductive hormones.

And if you think simply inhaling dust isn’t enough of an exposure, the researchers found that two-thirds of the PBDEs present in adults’ bodies seem to be coming from household dust. In the case of infants, some 90 percent of their PBDE body level came from house dust.

I know you’ve already scrolled to the end of this article and clicked the link to our website. After an initial clean from Markatos Services Inc., you will breathe easier. After having read this, more so a peace of mind. Give us a call today! (302) 792-0606

Markatos Services website: http://www.markatosservices.com/


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One Response to Dust Explained: Dangers of Dust Inside the Home

  1. It’s simply impossible to not have any dust in our home…indoor air hazards are increasing..proper house cleaning is very important …very informative post.Loved it!

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