Okay, so the most annoying thing about this city is my new best friend DUST. [The picture you see was taken 10h after cleaning, overnight!] There are many blog-posts about this new friend and how you are able to get rid of it. So I decided on writing about the thruth:
- You cannot get rid of him! (All you can try is to be his friend, especially with Tatami)
- Dust in Japan is like huge, long, visible! and doesn`t care about any spray you used
So based on
1 year far more years by now in Tokyo I could ease down my anger by the following:
– As in Japan people dry their clothes outside. CLOSE YOUR WINDOWS on LAUNDRY-DAYS [and try to wash during days and hours where your neighbors don’t !]
– USE COIN DRYER instead of hanging your laundry outside
– Reduce your interior to as much limited surface as possible [get racks with doors, oshi-ire clothes storage etc.]
– Wipe with a slightly wet cloth all surfaces EVERY 2nd Day
– Use a Anti-Static Spray (100 yen shop) to avoid pictures like above on your TV, PS3 etc.
– Once a week do these steps (especially if you have tatami) dustsheet, hover, wipe ground again with a wet cloth, use hand vacuum cleaner for corners, wipe again with a dry cloth and finally finish off with those sticky-paper-roller for tatami areas.
– If possible get -dust blocker-nets for your balcony door and windows
– BEST THING I EVER BOUGHT — anti-mite very strong dust vacuum cleaning thing!! (you can’t imagine what is inside our tatami/futon and pillows every 2nd day)
And last but not least: get used to it! And never stop the routine. If you are not home 1 week, be ready to find your friend back all over our home.