How to live dust-free in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs

Living in a city with such a vibrant rhythm as Sydney, we sometimes neglect other aspects of our daily lives that are important to improving our quality of life, like having a healthy, dust-free home. At 1800 CLEANER, when we talk about dust-free cleaning challenges, we refer to small habits of order and cleanliness that can transform our quality of life.


1800 CLEANER understands the problem of how hard it is to remove fine particle dust well. Further, we know how to tackle those spaces in our homes that we may not pay enough attention to when cleaning ourselves. Therefore, these dirty corners become spaces that accumulate dust, clutter, and stagnant energy. After a considerable amount of time without cleaning and tidying these spaces, micro-biotoxins can accumulate and begin to cause damage to our health. This article details the adverse effects that can affect our health if we live in an unhealthy environment.

Top five dust-free cleaning challenges we must overcome to keep our homes impeccable all year round:


  • High-traffic areas:

The busiest spaces in houses, such as entrances, bathrooms, kitchens, bedrooms and living rooms, can collect significant amounts of dust, hair, and other particles that we bring in from the outside and the dust we can generate ourselves.

Our advice is to always try to keep these spaces tidy and clear, carry out regular dusting at least once a week, and vacuum to avoid the accumulation of hair, dust, and other particles that may settle there. Accept that much of the dust will float with traditional cleaning approaches. Therefore, consider closing all windows and doors and letting the dust settle before collecting it with a damp microfibre cloth. Then, after this, commence your cleaning routine.


  • Furniture

The furniture we have at home can provide challenges to our cleaning efforts. Under and behind furniture creates spaces that are very susceptible to the accumulation of dust. Places we use to store our clothes and shoes or those that we do not use regularly but serve as storage to store things that do not accompany us in everyday life present separate challenges. In a nutshell, the more stuff we have, the more places the dust can hide. So open and easy-to-clean spaces are essential.


Pay close attention to these spaces. Let’s always try to keep them organised in the most minimalist way possible and pay special attention to the high surfaces that are difficult to reach above, below and behind. Remember that the more minimalistic the spaces we live in, the better our ability to clean them regularly. With regular dusting and a microfiber cloth moistened with non-toxic cleaning products, we can reduce the accumulation of dust.

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The challenges to living dust-free in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs by 1800 CLEANER

  • Mould and mildew in humid areas

Damp areas in the home, such as bathrooms and basements, especially if they do not have proper ventilation, are prone to mould and mildew growth. If we can’t achieve access to ventilation, let’s keep those areas as orderly as possible without excessive clutter accumulation. A dehumidifier can help extract excess air moisture, denuding these biotoxins of their sustenance and inhibiting their growth. Let’s pay special attention to regular cleaning with eco-friendly products.


  • Clutter accumulation

Keeping our belongings in order and in the right place is essential. The accumulation of objects and belongings on surfaces is not a good idea since, in this way, we tend to accumulate dust on them. These surfaces quickly turn ugly, and we avoid cleaning them well.

They end up generating a breeding ground for germs and micro-nasties that contribute to affecting our health. Let’s pay close attention to unnecessary objects like decorations and picture frames and ensure you can get behind the TVs and tidy router cables, dusting behind and under the furniture. These items make us hesitant to clean thoroughly, and there’s no point in having excessive decorations if they’re dirty and untidy. It defeats the purpose.


As a top dust-free cleaning challenge, let’s always try to have a house that is as minimalist as possible. Let’s reorganise the spaces and keep the things that are not helpful now in boxes. We can then archive them in a cool and safe place outside of the home. If this is impossible, put them in clear plastic stackable clutter boxes. These can then be stacked against a wall for easy moving and cleaning behind and above. In this way, we can have better control and clean more comfortably with the help of a duster, damp microfiber cloths and HEPA-grade vacuum.


  • Rugs and carpets cleaning

Many homes tend to have carpeted rooms. The use of rugs in rooms is also widespread. Our dust-free cleaning challenge promotes the idea that in bedrooms, try first to avoid having an excess of furniture pieces so they become inaccessible to be cleaned underneath and behind since, in general, these are the areas that accumulate the most hair, dirt, and dust. Let’s vacuum regularly in all corners of the room, under and behind the furniture and beds. We can move rugs, air them outside and vacuum them regularly.


Adopting these small, manageable habits can help with the unique challenges of cleaning at home. 1800 CLEANER is a residential cleaning company that has developed a distinctive and specialised cleaning technique with dedicated and trained cleaners and state-of-the-art cleaning equipment that captures more physical debris and airborne dust, dramatically reducing microscopic contaminant levels in your home and workplace.



Dust Allergies and how to prevent them

1800 CLEANER is a Sydney-based cleaning company that focuses on helping sufferers of dust and associated allergies. The focus on fine particle dust extraction services goes well beyond simply leaving a house shining. We are a company that was born out of a personal need to transform a family home into a dust-free environment. This is done for the well-being of your family and, especially, the little ones who are arriving. If you are suffering from dust allergies, don’t miss this article. It shows you how to improve your habits at home with the end goal of helping reduce your symptoms

Our service is committed to the elimination of dust that is hidden in places. Those places and spaces where we would never go to clean by ourselves, and in general, are spaces that can accumulate this hidden dust for years. By not seeing these microscopic particles, we do not realize that we are living with particles that are a breeding ground for germs and dust mites. These tiny particles cause great damage to our health if they are not combated at the root.

What are we talking about when we talk about allergies?

According to ASCIA Allergy occurs when the immune system in a person reacts to allergens which are substances in the environment that do not cause problems for most people.  This reaction leads to inflammation (redness and swelling) that causes allergic conditions, which can affect different parts of the body”, such as:

  • Allergic rhinitis (hay fever) which affects the nose and eyes.
  • Eczema or urticaria (hives), which affect the skin.
  • Anaphylaxis (the most severe allergic reaction) which can affect the whole body.
  • Asthma which affects the lungs.

Allergens are mostly found in house dust, dust mites and their faeces, pollen, pets, moulds, some antibiotic medicines, insect stings or bites, latex (natural rubber) and foods.

It is important to bear in mind that many factors can lead to the development of symptoms and culminate in an allergy. It can depend on the season of the year, the area where we live, and even the jobs we do. For example, construction workers use to increase risk of exposure to big amounts of dust, specially silica dust and is very likely to come home with traces of these particles on their work clothes. Our approach is directed especially to where we spend most of our lives, especially after the COVID era: our home.

Dust Mite Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus CREDIT Allergy Australia

It is important to keep ourselves informed about how dust mites behave. And how they can affect us. Finally, how to prevent their spread through habits that help to cut their numbers.

Dust mites: what to know and how to combat them

House dust mites belong to the spider family and are so small and minuscule that they cannot be seen except under a microscope. They feed on dry human skin, dust accumulated in houses, and other microscopic food sources such as pollen and fungal spores.

Dust mites are very common in humid areas and thrive in constant warm temperatures, which is why it is more common to find them in coastal areas of Australia than in the interior of our country, the drier areas.

They mainly live in the layers of dust that have settled in houses, especially in the most crowded or well-travelled spaces. Previously we mentioned that they feed on dead cells of our skin, so it is very likely that they are in our beds and surroundings, whether they are curtains, furniture, or carpets.

1800 CLEANER recommendations

1800 CLEANER understands very well where these little beings are, how they behave and breed and knows the most effective and safe methods for alleviating the presence and preponderance of dust mites in our homes. To find out more, we recommend that you read this article where we tell you the main tips to take into account when fighting these little enemies, including:

  • Wash sheets, pillows cases and other bedding weekly in hot water
  • Cover mattress, pillow and quilt with dust-mite-resistant covers
  • Consider replacing carpets with hard floors
  • Vacuum carpets weekly: HEPA filter vacuum cleaner may remove more allergen than a regular vacuum cleaner.
  • Reduce humidity: have a dry and well-ventilated house
  • Venetian blinds or flat blinds are easier to clean than curtains
  • Use a damp or electrostatic cloth to dust hard surfaces.
  • Try to keep your pets out of your home as they are a major source of allergens.
  • If you have external environmental allergies, remain at home (when possible) during the pollen seasons. This is particularly true on windy days, after thunderstorms or during bush fires.
  • Removing visible mould by cleaning with non-toxic products.
  • Consider a no-shoe policy at home.
  • Try live a minimalist life with lots of open and easy to clean surfaces.
  • Hire professional “dust-free” oriented cleaners once a year to conduct a spring clean

In conclusion, you deserve to live dust-free

Unfortunately, dust mites can not be completely eliminated from our homes. It’s important to keep yourself informed about how they behave, how they affect us and how to prevent their spread. It all starts at home through the development of wise cleaning habits such as minimalism and open easy-to-clean surfaces. We can work to keep their presence under control and focus on the care of our home through efficient cleaning methods. And once a year to call in trained professionals to conduct a focussed “dust-extraction oriented” spring clean.

Article by Lucila Aidar of 1800 CLEANER.




Winter is coming – how to get your home ready

by Michael Sweet | 1800 CLEANER

This article is particularly useful for those who have dust allergies.

Winter is coming, and it’s time to prepare your home for the cold weather. As you will be spending more time indoors snuggling on the sofa watching Netflix, let’s make sure that your home is not only comfortable but also safe, clean and healthy.

With a little bit of your effort and a large amount of our help, we can create a cosy, dust-free and inviting space you’ll love spending time in during the colder months. Further and even more importantly, this will prevent health problems caused by dust and other indoor pollutants, irritants and contaminants that, when built up, can weigh heavily on our immune systems when we need them the most.

1. Clean your carpets

When was the last time that you cleaned your carpets? We clean carpets thoroughly with a powerful HEPA-Air industrial-grade vacuum cleaner. However, built-in grime and dried, soiled materials sometimes require more. And in such cases, we can shampoo your carpets clean too.


Anti-Bacterial HEPA filters clean the air as we clean the house.

2. Improve indoor air quality

Spending more time indoors during winter means ensuring that the air you breathe in is clean, healthy and toxin-free. Dust and other indoor pollutants can cause health problems such as allergies, asthma and respiratory issues. And we specialise in removing dust, especially the microscopic dust that escapes from the traditional cleaning approach.

3. Reduce clutter

Clutter means hidden dust and can make your home feel cramped and congested. It can also make it difficult to clean and dust properly. It also drains your energy and enthusiasm. Declutter your home by getting rid of things you don’t need and organising your belongings to make your space more functional and comfortable. And especially if you or a loved one suffer from dust allergies, give that dust nowhere to hide.

4. Keep your home clean

Dust can accumulate quickly in your home during the winter season. Our regular cleaners can help you maintain a clean and healthy home. Depending on your needs, we can organise a weekly or fortnight schedule.

Our expert recommendation is to set aside a whole day before the official onset of winter and let us do the hard work for you with one of our exceptional spring cleans. You can add window cleaning and carpet shampooing as you wish. We invite you to fill in the form and get a FREE quote.


Michael Sweet, founder of 1800 CLEANER |

Would you trust a cleaner who pays for fake reviews?

And how can you tell the difference?

I recently got a message from a swarmy-looking dude from an indeterminable geographical location offering me 5-star Google fake reviews for my cleaning business for $3 each. It took but a nanosecond to advise that this was unethical and wholly improper.

The review process is about establishing hard-fought and won customer trust through the arduous task of cleaning houses well and consistently. How dare a bot-boy come along and offer to trick customers into trusting a competitor with such questionable ethics?

And so I went and had a look and thought, how can you tell the difference?

All is now getting so compelling, and these bot farms can churn out innumerable 5-star Google Reviews with the press of a button. How very tempting. Spend the day cleaning a house to perfection, hoping to get a five-star review while risking a negative review or paying just three bucks to guarantee a 5-star review? You can have hundreds of them in a row without risking a single negative review. The real question is, why wouldn’t you?

My only answer is that it’s wrong, immoral and unethical.

And what about articles?

How could you know if, for example, these words you are reading now were not created by the massive electronic brain we know as ChatGPT?

At my insistence, our operations manager experimented with ChatGBT.  And, within 2.3 seconds, we produced an extremely compelling article that we internally debated adopting and putting on our blog. I am so happy that within our organisation, the light won out with protestations about ethics and energy.

Though I have compelling advice from a great friend and one of SEO’s greatest thinkers that ChatGPT articles are currently being seriously considered to generate content in many leading agencies, we decided firmly against it.

And so, after much pondering within the substantive limitations of a human mind, I have gotten to a place where I believe I can discern a bot review from a real one. And interestingly, the answer for me is beyond the mind and into the body, with the key word being to feel.

Bot reviews feel a little iffy

The bot fake reviews seem great on the surface and are well-written and articulated. But after a while, they feel a little two-dimensional. Flat even. Mimicking emotions but directly describing reality. And they never have a typo! They often run in waves, one after another and tend to be short. Monotonous. They are then interspersed often with a negative review that is clearly human, brimming with emotion.

Interestingly, the bot fake reviews often have funny names and do not have a depth of review history. And they usually have less than three reviews a piece. Most often, all three reviews, when you dig deeply, will be 5-star reviews. And the picture accompanying the name will often feel off and regularly is not that of an actual, “average” human being. Indeed this is the great thing about what I discovered through this process. Whilst the human mind can never now catch up with the exponential growth of AI, the human heart is exceptional. The body can feel with a wisdom that I don’t believe will ever be matched by physical wiring, circuitry, algorithms and electricity.

Go mankind

Can a robot give you the warm hug of a child? Or can a cyborg listen to your heartfelt musings with empathy and warmth, allowing you to feel heard and thereby heal? Can a robot clean your house with love? And can a bot write a review that puts you on the right path to finding an ethical cleaning company? A cleaner whose 100th clean will be as high in quality as their second? Can a computer and an algorithm write an article with the same quirky and dysfunctional depth as a human experiencing life through the ups and downs of living within a biological body? Can an electronic being have a soul?

One thing is for sure, they sure are getting good at mimicry. Scaringly so. But I assure you a bot did not write this article.


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Michael Sweet, founder of 1800 CLEANER |



Supporting parents to provide a healthy home for their families

As a parent, you’re naturally on the lookout for ways to care for and protect your family. Have you ever considered the effect of dust on those you love? As experts at supporting parents in their homes, this article is for you.

What is exactly dust?

Dust can vary enormously depending on location and household specifics, but here are a few things that are commonly found in dust –

  • Trace Metals
  • Microplastics from clothes, packaging, carpets and furniture
  • Dead skin cells (20%-50%)
  • Hair (human and animal)
  • Decomposing insects, bits of food, plastic and soil
  • Mould fragments
  • Garden soil, road dust and vehicle exhaust dust
  • Dust Mites, their faeces and other similar contaminants

Chemicals used in household products, pesticides and clothing and furniture also combine with dust

The effect of dust on children and babies

Once you know what dust is, it’s easy to see how it can affect the hygiene of your home and how it can contribute to the spread of germs and illnesses. Dust can be particularly harmful to children and babies as their immune systems are still developing. They naturally put their hands and other objects in their mouths. It takes a village to raise a child, and supporting parents to support the baby is key.

Breathing in fine particle dust can cause respiratory issues such as coughing, sneezing, and difficulty breathing, which in turn can aggravate asthma symptoms as well as other allergies.

Maintaining a dust-free home is essential for the health and well-being of families, but commonly used cleaning techniques are not enough. Read on to find out why.

Why do traditional cleaning methods contribute to dust?

Traditional cleaning methods tend to move fine dust around. Microscopic particles, pollens and tiny airborne contaminants, irritants and impurities have a tendency to float when disturbed either by wind and through-drafts, dusting and wiping or even simply walking around the house. Ironically even vacuum cleaning can send these particles into the air.

These microscopic particles can stay suspended in the air, eventually re-settling again hours or even days later. This is why so many cleaning companies simply can’t get on top of the dust despite regular cleaning.

The benefits of living dust-free.

The removal of fine dust from your home significantly improves the air quality in your home, which can have a dramatic effect on the physical health of your family. We can feel much brighter in ourselves, not just because the air that we’re breathing in is significantly improved but because living in a clean and well-maintained home can provide a sense of order and comfort. This, in turn, can help to reduce feelings of stress and anxiety.

In addition, removing dust can also help to improve the overall mood of families by creating a more inviting and welcoming living space. A clean and well-maintained home can make families feel more relaxed and at ease, providing a positive and supportive environment for them to live in.

Dust-free living starts with a 21-Point or Mini-Spring clean.

1800 CLEANER highly recommends having either a Mini-Spring Clean or a 21-Point Clean as a crucial starting point to living dust free. The 1800 CLEANER team is trained to effectively remove dust and allergens from all surfaces and hidden corners in the home. This includes ceilings, walls, ledges, blinds, landing surfaces, skirting boards, vents, fans and windowsills. We use advanced cleaning equipment and techniques to capture and remove dust down to 30 microns in size. This leaves homes looking and feeling cleaner and fresher. And vitally, easier to keep clean and requiring less cleaning, less often.

Our trained cleaners are experts at supporting parents to get their homes dust-free. We spend a full day with the Mini-Spring clean or 21-Point Spring clean, intensively cleaning your home to the finest detail. We have a HEPA air filter running continuously, which draws the dust into its filters, thereby trapping the dust whilst purifying the air in your home. 1800 CLEANER also uses a HEPA-vacuum to vacuum all floors, stairs, carpets and under beds and furniture. By applying the cleaning methods that we’ve refined over 30 years, we’re able to eradicate 97% of all household dust – that in itself is pretty amazing!

Dust-free living – maintained.

Once the dust has been removed from your home, then it’s easier for you to maintain a dust-free environment. However, by committing to our 12-Point Clean fortnightly, you’ll ensure that the pristine dust-free environment that you now live in is maintained.

Knowing that 1800 CLEANER is taking care of cleaning your home gives you peace of mind. Relax knowing that the health of your home is in the hands of the dust-free living experts.

By Alexis Stewart c/o 1800 CLEANER

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                                  Michael Sweet, founder of 1800 CLEANER | WWW.1800CLEANER.COM.AU








How hiring a house cleaner is imperative for living an active Sydney lifestyle



Happy 1800 CLEANER team

Living the dream in Sydney can be a juggling act. There’s so much going on, and only so many hours in the day to get things done. It has reached the point that the real wealth in this life and this city is free time. So how can a professional house cleaner save you time, energy and maybe even your marriage?

As the founder of one of Australia’s fastest-growing professional house-cleaning businesses, I’ve seen the innards of a lot of Sydney’s households. It is common to want to project an image of perfection onto the outside world.  We can see this so patently with people’s social media profiles. Dig a little below the surface, and it’s easy to see that we are all imperfect humans. This ideal of having it all is unrealistic as, in my experience, life is a series of choices. And whilst few choices are purely binary, each choice subscribes to the law of cause and effect.

Generally, some people focus on making their career the priority; for others, it’s their family; some love to party and others focus on travel. Some focus on exercise, and others find a good time on the couch. In all the thousands of homes I’ve visited, I’ve yet to find the person who has it all. And I doubt I ever will. Perhaps it’s an impossible dream. A mirage in the distant future that can never quite materialise. For once we think we’ve arrived at the place where the promised land of plenty looked like it should be; again, it has moved.

Perhaps the absolute priority is internal peace; some wise sage must have once said this requires finding balance.

We get to see the Sydney social experiment in action, and some of our customers are the kindest and most decent people you could ever hope to meet. These are the ones who have found a work/life balance and have a calm spirit that does not rush or impose. These people are interesting, and I have observed a pattern among them. Their work and life are in balance towards the end goal of facilitating their human relationships.

I used to think that money was the key when I was younger. I devoted myself towards that end and achieved a lot. But the cost was too great, and I’ve managed to reconsider my values and goals accordingly. Indeed, my thinking back then was that if you made enough money to retire early, you could make up lost ground with relationships later. That was a mistake. Now when I look around at society, I can see that we have been conditioned to work hard for our entire lives. The enticement being for some dream of a wonderful retirement that doesn’t always eventuate – the carrot and the donkey. It’s not about getting to the final destination through gritted teeth but about enjoying the ongoing journey.

Now, I finally understand the vital importance of human connection.

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So, what’s this got to do with cleaning? Well, quite a lot, actually. On the first visit to a customer’s home, I sometimes notice that there can be a strange and uncomfortable energy in some households when we first enter. This can often correlate with overt levels of clutter, high levels of thick dust and strangely filthy air conditioning filters. It’s like the neglected, hidden corners are emblematic of the hidden deeper things not attended to in the family’s home life. It’s a self-fulfilling cycle. The air quality is often lower, and the energy levels are heavier. This can create a downward spiral. And I love to arrest it.

When a family shifts its focus towards getting help with the cleaning, several things start to happen both in the temporal and energetic realms. Getting help with the cleaning is, in fact, a vital act of self-love and the first step in the right direction.
The early stages of the relationship between a cleaner and their client can turn things around and begin an upwards spiral. The air quality in the home improves, the energy levels lighten, clutter starts to reduce, and the feeling of returning home becomes one of entering your serene sanctuary. More quality time results and getting present with loved ones, and the true priorities in life become easier to achieve. The frustration with perpetually cleaning your home disappears, and a renewed appreciation for life and love returns.

I have a good mate, one of Sydney’s most promising bachelors. Like many of us, he has endured the heartache of divorce. When we first went to clean his home, it was an absolute shambles. I have seen a link between cluttered dusty homes and depression, and looking into his bedroom told me all I needed to know. It was a mess. I called my assistant into the room, a young Spanish lady. I explained to her that this was our opportunity to make a difference in someone’s life. Today our job was not just to clean for the customer but, most notably, to care for the person. In this case, my beautiful friend.

Usually, when I train new people, I explain the importance of caring. It leaves behind energy and is felt. It can be healing. She got it straight away and accurately predicted that he would become so houseproud that he would start to fold his towels, and she was proven right.

To successfully live the dream in a busy city like Sydney, we must save time and create space wherever possible. We need the time to look around and to enjoy the fruits of our labours. And be present in all the things we love, including our good selves. How can we appreciate the beautiful things in our lives and savour those things yet to come? To view the world through a lens of abundance and bring that attitude of gratitude home with us, and to fill the place we live in with that same ethereal energy.

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Michael Sweet, founder of 1800 CLEANER |