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Should You Be Dusting Your Houseplants?

Woman Dusting Leaves of Houseplant with a Microfiber ClothLike all living things, houseplants need the care to stay healthy. One of the ways you can care for your houseplants is by dusting their leaves. Dust inside a home is unsightly and should be cleaned up on a regular basis. If you allow dust to accumulate on your houseplants, they could hide bigger problems. Here are a few reasons why you need to dust the houseplants in your El Segundo home.

Dust Can Make You and Your Plants Sick

Dust build-up becomes 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. Photosynthesis, which is how plants make their own food, is affected when dust-coated leaves cannot get enough light. Likewise, it could prevent your houseplants from giving off the optimal amount of oxygen, leading to dirtier 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. Make it a habit to check for possible issues each time you dust your houseplants. Treating mildew or plant diseases at an early stage will help keep your plants stay healthy.

Dust Invites In Pests

Another secret neglected houseplants hide is their attractiveness to bugs and other pests. When you don’t dust your plants for a while, you may discover unwanted pests lurking within them. Regular dusting helps keep pests away and lets you look for early signs of infestation in your houseplants. Plants that are well-cared rarely develop serious pest problems.

Cleaning houseplants that need good dusting is an easy 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. Gently dust plants with small or delicate leaves using a small paintbrush.

The next step is to clean your houseplant’s stems and leaves with tepid water and a soft cloth. The leaves of large, sturdy plants can be sprayed clean in your kitchen sink. Remember to use water that is not too hot or too cold so you don’t damage your houseplant. Once you are done rinsing and wiping down each leaf and the pot, let your plant air dry thoroughly before putting it back in place.

Maintaining your houseplants might seem easy but it needs to be done regularly to keep your plants green and healthy. Would you like to learn more about this or other home maintenance tips? Real Property Management California Coast can help! Contact us today online or call us at 310-535-2150.

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