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Should You Be Dusting Your Houseplants?

Woman Dusting Leaves of Houseplant with a Microfiber ClothHouseplants need care and maintenance to remain healthy. One way of caring for your houseplants is to dust their leaves. Since dust makes a home unsightly, it should be cleaned up regularly. If you allow dust to accumulate on your houseplants, they could hide bigger problems. Take a closer look at why you need to dust the houseplants in your Buford home.

Dust Can Make You and Your Plants Sick

Accumulated dust can become more than a nuisance. Studies have shown that dust contains harmful particles that cause many health problems such as asthma and allergies. If dust is that bad for you, imagine the effect it’s having on your houseplants. If plant leaves are coated in dust, they can’t get enough light for photosynthesis, which is how plants make food for themselves. Houseplants also cannot give off as much oxygen as they could which would help keep your indoor air cleaner. It helps to dust your houseplants regularly to keep both you and your greenery thriving.

Dust Can Hide Bigger Problems

Just like dusty furniture, baseboards, and windowsills, dusty plants can also become an eyesore. It can make your house look dirty and unkempt. However, dust can even more problems like mold and disease. By dusting your houseplants on a regular basis, you can check for any concerns. Nipping mildew or plant diseases in the bud keeps your plants healthy.

Dust Invites In Pests

Another secret neglected houseplants hide is their attractiveness to bugs and other pests. Plants that have not been dusted for a while could become hiding places for unwanted pests. Regular dusting will prevent your houseplants from being colonized by pests as you can spot signs of infestation early. Plants that are well-cared rarely develop serious pest problems.

Giving your houseplants good dusting is actually a simple task. Your first step is to use a dusting wand or microfiber cloth to gently wipe the dust off of each leaf for most plants. A small paintbrush is helpful for dusting plants with small or delicate leaves.

Next, use a soft cloth dipped in tepid water to wipe your houseplant’s stems and leaves. You can bring large and sturdy plants to your kitchen sink and spray their leaves clean in it. Use water that is not too hot nor too cold to avoid damaging 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.

Maintaining houseplants is not complicated, but it needs 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 Executives Greater Atlanta can help! Contact us today online or call us at 678-504-8580.

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