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Should You Be Dusting Your Houseplants?

Woman Dusting Leaves of Houseplant with a Microfiber ClothHouseplants, like any living thing, need regular maintenance to stay healthy. But did you know that dusting their leaves is one way of caring for your houseplants? Any dust inside a home should be cleaned up regularly. However, there could be other hidden problems if you let dust collect on your houseplants. Let’s take a peek at why you must dust the houseplants in your Rolesville home.

Dust Can Make You and Your Plants Sick

Accumulation of dust is more than just a nuisance. Many studies have shown that a wide range of health problems like asthma, allergies, and a lot more, are worsened by the harmful particles found in dust. If dust is that bad for you, imagine the effect it’s having on your houseplants. Plants feed themselves through photosynthesis, and when their leaves are coated in dust, plants don’t get enough light to do this. Dust also prevents your houseplants from releasing as much oxygen as they could, leaving you with less clean indoor air. Dusting your houseplants has benefits for both you and your greenery.

Dust Can Hide Bigger Problems

Dusty plants can become an eyesore similar to dusty furniture, baseboards, and windowsills. It can make your house look dirty and unkempt. Dust also hides much bigger problems like mold and disease. Regularly dusting your plants give you the opportunity to check for any developing concerns. Spotting and treating mildew and plant diseases early can keep your plants healthy.

Dust Invites In Pests

Neglected houseplants are like an invitation to bugs and other pests. If you haven’t dusted your plants for some time, you might discover that unwanted pests have taken them over. A regular dusting schedule lets you check your houseplants for signs of infestation, thus keeping pests away. Well-cared plants rarely develop serious pest problems.

Once you decide to give your houseplants a dusting, it is really easy to do. Your first step is to use a dusting wand or microfiber cloth to gently wipe the dust off of each leaf for most plants. Plants with small or delicate leaves can be gently dusted with a small paintbrush.

The next step is to wipe your houseplant’s stems and leaves clean with a soft cloth and some tepid water. The leaves of large, sturdy plants can be sprayed clean in your kitchen sink. Do not use water that is too hot or too cold as this can damage your houseplant. Rinse or wipe down each leaf and the pot and allow your plant to air dry completely. Afterward, you can put it back where it belongs.

Even though houseplant maintenance is fairly easy, it has to be done on a regular basis to ensure green and healthy plants. Would you like to learn more about this or other home maintenance tips? Real Property Management Raleigh can help! Contact us today online or call us at 919-481-0008.

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