Friday, 16 May 2014

8 Dusting Tips You May Not Be Doing

Lets face it, none of us will ever banish dust bunnies for good!  Dust, allergens, and other particles are constantly floating through our home’s air.  It builds up and you can’t hide it.  Dust build up can even effect your health, especially if you or a family member has allergies.
Fortunately, Dusting is not a difficult chore, if you stay on top of it.  I actually find it a little rewarding to see things that were previously covered in a layer of dust, nice and shiny again.  With the right techniques, tools and tips on a few hot spots to pay attention to, you can keep all that dust in check, and your house healthy and shiny!

Tools: Use tools that will grab the dust, not push it around. A feather duster may be fun to use or look fancy but for serious dusting, use a microfiber cloth.  Microfiber clothes literally grab dust, are super absorbent, streak free and don’t leave lint or dust behind. I keep a spray bottle filled with half white vinegar, half water and lightly spray a microfiber cloth, or you can use your favorite multipurpose spray or furniture polish, whichever is appropriate for the surface.  If you do like to use a duster for quick clean up, invest in a good quality feather duster one made with ostrich feathers, they do a better job at grabbing dust, they actually have tiny little finger-like nodules that are really good at holding dust.

Dust in the right direction:  When dusting a room, start with the highest items and work your around the room and down to the lowest, moving in a spiral.  Then vacuum.  Since dust falls downward, working in this pattern will keep dust from lading on an already cleaned area.