What’s the Best Way to Dust?

Question: What’s the best method for dusting my house?

Answer: There are several basic tips to remember:

1. Always dust from top to bottom.
2. 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.
3. A vacuum is often the best way to pull dust out of the room.

Some 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.

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