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.

Electronics: Computers, TVs, DVD players, stereo equipment, and printers are notorious dust magnets. Always unplug the equipment before cleaning. A gentle swipe with a microfiber cloth usually does the job, while a soft brush (like an old tooth brush or paint brush) will remove dust from crevices. Be sure to vacuum dust from around cords and vents to keep devices from getting clogged and over heating.

Walls, Door Frames, Ceilings and Baseboards: All of these areas can hold an amazing amount of dust, if you don’t dust them on a regular basis. Use a clean dry mop, or place a microfiber cloth over the bristles of  a broom and secure with a rubber band to dust areas that you can’t reach. No bending down, to dust baseboard and is also a great way to access hard-to-reach areas like behind furniture.....

Behind stove and refrigerator: If you have ever pulled out your stove and refrigerator, then you know the amount of crumbs, grease, and other debris that accumulate can be staggering.   If possible, move the appliance out from the wall and unplug. use a vacuum to remove as much dust as you can from the back and underneath the appliance, then wipe floor and walls with hot soapy water.  This will not only keep your appliances working better and longer, but you will also be eliminating a food source for insects and other pests.

Drapes, Curtains and Blinds: If these are ignored, they can hold a lot of dust.  Be sure to dust or vacuum both sides of your curtains on a weekly basis, to keep the build up to a minimum. Taking them down and shaking them outside helps remove a lot of the buildup too.  Have them cleaned or laundered once a year.  For blinds, close completely and dust horizontally starting at the top of each blind and working your way down using an ostrich feather duster. Reverse blinds, and repeat process.

Upholstered Furniture:  Remove pillows and cushions and vacuum regularly using the upholstery tool and the crevice tool for corners and edges.

Ceiling fans and light fixtures: Slide an old pillowcase over a ceiling fan’s blade then pull the fabric back, keeping all the dust and dirt contained.  For lighting fixtures, turn them off, then dust exterior using microfiber cloth, or use a long handle bendable duster that you can remove the cover and machine wash.

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