Friday, August 25, 2023



When I did a post recently on a dramatic Amanda Lindroth stairwell with a collection of seashells and blue and white Chinese porcelain, someone commented questioning how one would dust it. I often get comments on dusting. I always find it interesting, because I never think about such things - I have no dust in my home here ever. 

Interestingly, dust at CCC here in South Florida is virtually non-existent. That was not the case living in the DC area. So I did some research and I think I have figured out several reasons why.

1. Carpeting (carpet fibers) is a major source of dust. I have stone floors throughout CCC. The few rugs I have are flatweaves and I vacuum them daily.

2. Much dust and dirt (60%) gets in through windows. I keep my windows closed - it's Florida and it's hot and humid here!

3. Shoes bring in lots of dirt. I have doormats at all my doorways and I don't wear street shoes in the house ever. I have several pairs of my beloved Rothy's that I wear only in my house like slippers - they are so comfortable!

4. I vacuum frequently. I invested in a cordless Dyson that I love and it is so lightweight and convenient that I vacuum daily. With my stone floors everywhere, it takes me about 2 minutes. If you hate to vacuum, get a robotic vacuum. 

5. I brush my dog daily and have her professionally groomed once a month. Pets are the source of a lot of dust.

6. I use microfiber cleaning cloths - lint free and these grab dust instead of spreading it around.

I am not suggesting you get rid of carpets or pets or never open your windows - but I do find it wonderful how dust free my home is here and I found this interesting and food for thought.

Have a great weekend - we are watching the tropics for a possible storm this coming week!


  1. "Dust has as much right to be here as we do" -Pablo Picasso.

  2. I love the Picasso quote- mainly because between 20 and 50% of dust is actually from us- it is human skin!

    1. Some "statistics" saying that human skin accounts for a majority of dust is a myth - it is a minority as you have indicated. This can be further reduced by bathing daily, exfoliating, and washing sheets at least once a week. Most dead human skin ends up down the shower drain or washing machine drain.

  3. That's interesting about human skin particles. We've lived in houses with radiant heat in the floors, radiators and now with blown air. We had virtually no dust with the last two. Indeed, when we had professional cleaners come to our house with the radiant floors, they told us that our house was far and away the cleanest they've ever dealt with. Since I am not a very diligent duster, I put the cleanliness down to the radiant floors. Dust is an ongoing issue with the third type of AC and heat.

  4. I know that wallpaper is an older paper, but I wonder if you could provide the information as to the maker because I have always loved that wallpaper

    1. Long discontinued Brunschwig & Fils Ironing Bored.

  5. I love that quote by Picasso.

    At first I didn't believe you when you said that dust in FL was virtually non-existent, Beth, but when you listed the reasons, it does make perfect sense. I'm wondering if the fact that FL has a humid climate has something to do with it. It seems like the moisture in the air would tamp down dust particles much more efficiently than drier air would. Also a very interesting observation by Anonymous about how heating systems impact dust in the air. Anytime air is blown around it will stir up whatever dust exists, no matter how thorough our housecleaning is, and no matter how clean we keep our HVAC systems. If I Iived in Florida's climate I would not have any carpeting either, however, I live in northern CA, and have a large, old house with very spacious rooms. It's cold in the wintertime. There are beautiful hardwood floors throughout, but if I did not have a carpeting or rugs, it would feel very cavernous, and sound as if I lived in an echo chamber!

    Have a lovely weekend, and here's hoping you do not experience any more storms!