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The Importance of Dusting Your Houseplants

Person dusting houseplants with microfiber cloth. Regular care and attention are vital for houseplants, just as they are for humans, to stay healthy. Yet, a less obvious part of caring for plants involves dusting their leaves.

While regular dusting in our homes is a given, many don’t realize the effects of not cleaning houseplant leaves. Discover why it is vital to maintain dust-free houseplants and how this contributes to the well-being of your green buddies.

Dust Particles Impact Indoor Air Quality

Dust buildup is more detrimental than simply being bothersome. Both human and plant health can be negatively impacted by dust. Evidence has revealed that dust particles can provoke allergies, asthma, and additional health complications.

Dust on leaves can obstruct the light necessary for photosynthesis, the process through which plants produce the oxygen we breathe. Consequently, this can result in poor air quality indoors, posing a health hazard. While it’s understandable that you might not always dust your houseplants, it’s essential for the health of both you and your plants.

Prevent More Significant Issues

Maintaining cleanliness for your furniture is vital, just as it is for keeping dust off your plants. Keeping dust at bay not only enhances the neatness of your home but also allows for early detection of mold or diseases.

Frequent dusting of your plants keeps them clean and allows for close inspection. Through these actions, you can maintain your plants’ health and ensure they thrive. Should you spot any problems, immediate intervention can prevent their spread and keep your plants happy and healthy.

Keep Pests Away from Plants

If neglected, these small green plants are likely to attract bugs and pests. However, a few easy measures can effectively keep the bugs at bay. As an example, use a soft cloth to gently clean the leaves of dust and debris. Look out for yellowing leaves or a sticky residue on plants, as these are clear signs of infestation.

Providing essential elements like enough sunlight and nutrition will keep serious pest problems at bay. So, go ahead and give your plants all the love and attention they deserve!

How to Dust and Clean Houseplants

Recognizing your houseplants’ need for a good dusting makes cleaning them straightforward. Typically, begin by gently wiping each leaf with a dusting wand or microfiber cloth to remove dust from most plants. For plants with small or delicate leaves, a small paintbrush can be used to meticulously remove the dust.

Gently cleanse your houseplant’s stems and leaves using a soft cloth and lukewarm water. Take care not to use overly hot or cold water, which could damage your houseplant. After cleaning, allow your plant to air dry completely before relocating it to its usual spot.

Caring for houseplants is straightforward, yet it requires regular attention to keep them green and healthy. Want to learn more about this or other West Valley City home maintenance topics? Real Property Management Wasatch can indeed help! Contact us today online or call us at 801-889-1517.

 

Originally Published on February 26, 2021

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