Keeping a house clean can be a full time job. The sheer amount of daily chores can be a bit overwhelming, so it’s easy to forget about dusting. Of course, it’s no big deal to dust a bit here and there, but dusting the entire house can be a daunting task. With that in mind, here’s some advice for the best ways to dust your home.
First of all, you need the right tools. Many people use old-fashioned dusters, rags or just about anything else that they can think of. This is a big mistake as the wrong materials will dissipate dust instead of catching it, making the job harder. What your really need is the following: A micro-fiber cloth, a water sprinkler and a fiber duster. If you own wooden furniture, polish and an extra rag are great additions to the set. Finally, if you want to really go in and get extra-detailed with your dusting, you may want to get some q-tips as well.
Once you have all the gear ready, it’s time to start working. The best way to go about it is top to bottom, moving around the room in a circle. Get a top corner and work your way down, then move to a side and do the same. Even if it seems like an extra hassle, make sure to go around the room a couple of times. By doing this you will return to spots where you had already dusted, allowing yourself to also get the dust particles that had fallen over to the bottom. Eventually, any residual dust will be on the floor, where you can easily mop or vacuum it.
While the ample flat spots of the house are easy to dust, the little interstices in the furniture, the windows and other irregularly shaped objects can be much trickier. Remember to dust underneath the objects sitting around the house as they tend to accumulate particles around their base. Be sure to move big the big pieces furniture a few inches away from the wall, as dust tends to gather behind them. This also applies to electronic appliances such as refrigerators and ovens. If left to collect dust for a long time, vents and air conditioner openings can gradually contaminate the air that you breathe, so do not forget about them. In the end, the key is to be thorough, detail-oriented and patient.