Dust in the home can cause more issues than you might think. Whether it’s dealing with allergens in the home, making your furniture look old and worn-out or even making your skin itchy, dust can an incredibly persistent and frustrating thing to get rid of. However, there are a couple of tips and tricks to ensure that you can easily and quickly get rid of all the dust in your house.

Equipment for Fast Dusting

It always helps to have some equipment for dusting. This is a great way to make sure that you get all of the commonly-missed areas in your home and also to reduce the overall amount of work that you have to do. Thankfully, you don’t need to buy a lot of stuff to efficiently dust your home, but here are our recommendations:

  • An effective duster - Sounds simple, but you’d be surprised at how many people neglect to choose an effective duster to clean up the house. Make sure it’s a duster that traps dust with ease and doesn’t just fling it around the room. For instance, a microfiber duster is a great choice, an electrostatic duster works wonders and even lambswool can be a good option.

  • A telescopic duster - it could either be something you attach your dusters to or a duster of its own. Great for reaching ceiling fans and other high areas that are impossible to reach without a ladder.

  • Smaller microfiber cloths - Microfiber cloths are fantastic for smaller areas that are difficult to reach. For instance, shelves with books on them or small organisers and tables are great places to use a small microfiber cloth instead. Since they trap dust really well, a single swipe is usually enough to get off a lot of dust. If dust is being stubborn or if there’s a heavy layer of it, you can dampen the cloth with a spray bottle.

  • Spray bottle with water - Water can help dampen surfaces or a cleaning cloth to improve its ability to pick up dust. A cleaning solution can be used for dirty surfaces, but it’s not necessary if you’re just lifting dust off.

  • Air compressor or compressed air can - This is a great little tool for cleaning small crevices. This includes keyboards or tight spaces that your microfiber cloth can’t reach.

  • A small vacuum - Preferably with a dusting attachment, but not necessary. A lot of people seem to forget that dust can be trapped in carpets or lined on floors, especially if your duster isn’t very good at actually picking up dust. This means it’ll knock the dust off surfaces and onto the floor or into your carpets. In a situation like this, you’ll need a vacuum to clean it off again.

Make sure you keep your dusting tools clean (such as microfibre cloths and dusters) and keep them stored away so that they don’t pick up dust from being left idle.

Tips for Effective Dusting

Without further ado, let’s introduce a couple of effective dusting tips that work for the whole house.

  1. Wear a mask when dusting. This will help with allergies and extremely dusty areas that haven’t been cleaned in a while.

  2. Don’t forget to dust blinds and curtains. These areas are usually prone to thick layers of dust, so don’t ignore them! If they’re looking really dirty, you can take them down and wash them instead of simply dusting them.

  3. Make sure you dust from top to bottom. Dust falls, meaning that it’s best to clean surfaces that are higher-ups so that you don’t end up cleaning certain areas multiple times. The best strategy is to dust in a spiral pattern, tackling the high corners of the room and then working your way left to right and top to bottom.

  4. Dust delicate items with smaller brushes. Use a set of small brushes or a microfibre cloth to clean things that are smaller.

  5. Vacuum after you dust to get rid of any dust on the floor. Once you’ve dusted, you’ll want to vacuum the floor to pick up any of the dust that has fallen onto your carpets. If you move around vigorously, you might accidentally kick up some dust and get it onto furniture or coffee tables, so be careful when cleaning a dusty-heavy room.

Dusting is an important component of effective housekeeping. While it can be time-consuming, it’s never a bad idea to get into the habit of dusting more regularly so that you can keep your home looking fantastic. It’s often better to dust more frequently so that you’re only dealing with a light layer of dust that can be wiped away in just a few seconds.


Published by Daphenee Plaisir