If you are tired of writing your name in the dust on your coffee table, you’re not alone. Dusting is certainly a chore, and it seems that as soon as your surfaces have been cleaned to a beautiful sheen, dust immediately accumulates again. So what’s the best way to dust? Can you keep your home dust-free longer or with less effort?
The short answer is yes! There are a few basic tips when dusting your house that will allow you to spend more time browsing Pinterest for your next DIY project, and less time scurrying around chasing dust bunnies. The top three best practices:
- Always dust from top to bottom. If you don’t, you’ll simply allow dust to drift down to spaces you just cleaned.
- While feather dusters may seem glamorous, they just move the dust around. Use a microfiber cloth that is dampened with water or your favorite multi-purpose spray. Don’t use a soaked cloth; you can actually create a sticky, wet surface that makes dust accumulate even more, and is even harder to remove.
- A vacuum is often the best way to pull dust out of the room.
Some More Helpful Tips
Top to Bottom: For a thorough dusting, start at the top of the room and attack ceilings and trim with your vacuum brush attachment.
Aim High: Next move on to ceiling fans, bookcase tops and other high furniture. Vacuum first to remove heavy debris, then wipe with a damp cloth.
Electronics: Always unplug equipment before dusting, then wipe with a cloth. For deep crevices use a long soft handled brush.
Behind Stove & Refrigerator: At least twice a year, you should clean behind major appliances. If possible, pull the appliance out from the wall and unplug. Use a damp sponge mop to collect dirt and grime. Then wipe the floor and walls with hot soapy water to prevent mold and mildew.
Under Furniture: These unseen areas can be major dust collectors. If possible, move the furniture and vacuum. If not, use the crevice tool on the vacuum to reach hard to clean areas.
Vents: HVAC air returns can collect a lot of dust even when you change the filters regularly. Use the brush tool on the vacuum and clean the area, then wipe with a soft cloth.
Ultimately, dust happens. To stay on top of it, carve out ten minutes a day, grab a cloth and wipe one room down. This will make deep cleaning easier and less of a hassle! Have some other best practices or tips for keeping dust at bay? Leave us a comment!
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