Post # 1
We live in a house in the Arizona desert. It is a rural area and we share quarter mile of dirt road with 3 other homes. The main road is paved. We have two dogs, both short haired and regularly shaved and furminated on top of that to keep hair and dirt to a minimum (plus it it so hot here). The dogs go in and out into a backyard that is fully covered in landscape rocks and grass, so they shouldn’t be tracking too much in. They get bathed alot too. I run a highpowered HEPA air purifer in our bedroom 24/7 and use the highest rated HEPA filters for the HVAC intake and they have to bee changed every 2 months. I Swiffer dry and wet mop the whole house (all Pergo) EVERYDAY and also have to wipe all the counters and surfaces because dust accumulates in 24 hours. Like this much!
Please tell me this can’t be normal? It is a really old house that probably isn’t sealed very well. Could it be coming from the HVAC system? We are selling it and moving into a much newer home that is on a paved road with an all gravel driveway and I am praying it won’t be like this… I’m super allergic to dust too. This has got to be abnormally dusty right???
Post # 2
I live in Phoenix and have to dust once a week. I have 2 cats as well which I think makes it worse with the dander and cat litter. I think having that much dust is abnormal but then again you are in an older home and have lots of dirt near by. Hopefully your new house will be better.
Post # 3
The majority of dust is actually skin cells and usually not actually dirt. Its possible bathing your dogs so much is actually making the problem worse, not better, by giving them dry skin.
My dog has dry skin. We used to give him egg yolks (raw) but our vet recommended fish oil tablets. Seems to help a lot, and it oddly enough really cut down on our dust issue
Post # 4
I don’t live in the desert and my floors are always covered in dust and hair…even after I sweep, vacuum, and wet jet! I think you notice it so much bc you have pergo floors. I see EVERYTHING bc I have dark vinyl wood plank.
Post # 5
desertgirl: Thanks you are giving me hope : )
a_day_at_the_fair That is gross about the skin… My dogs are really slick and shiny due to a healthy diet rich in omega 3s. I don’t think bathing animals frequently is detrimental to their skin or coat. Show horses and race horses are typically bathed daily and have the healthiest, nicest haircoats. (I’m actually a veterinarian fwiw : )
I think something is wrong with the HVAC and it is sucking dirt into the system somewhere…
Can’t wait to move!!!
Post # 6
I live in Phoenix and the dust is bad in our house too the poor poodle gets covered in it even with short hair. Dirt roads make it so much worse. My firends grandmother lived up in carefree and the dirt road caused so much blowing dust and dirt to come in to the house through all the cracks. I definitely think it will get beter when you move!