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Tips for dusting.

Dusting is often overlooked as a dull chore, yet it plays a pivotal role. Dusting effectively is essential for ensuring a significant difference in the cleanliness and overall well-being of your environment. It's not just about removing visible dust; effective dusting involves tackling hidden particles that can worsen allergies and compromise air quality.


This article delves into dusting techniques, offering tips and insights to elevate your cleaning routine. From choosing the most appropriate tools to addressing commonly overlooked areas, join us as we explore the key points of dusting that will leave your space sparkling and allergy-free.



Top tips for dusting:


1.     Start from the top and work your way down:


Begin dusting at the highest points in the room, such as ceiling fans, shelves, and light fixtures. By starting high and working your way down, you’ll catch any falling dust and prevent it from settling on already-cleaned surfaces.


2.     Work in Sections:


Divide the room into smaller sections to ensure thorough dusting. Focus on one area at a time before moving on to the next. Remember corners and edges too. Dust tends to accumulate in these areas, so give them extra attention.


3.     Don't Forget Hidden Areas:


Dust can accumulate in overlooked places like behind furniture, baseboards, and underneath appliances. So, remember to clean unmoved furniture and other items where dust can collect. These are likely breeding grounds for dust mites. Be sure to include these areas in your dusting routine.


4.     Use the Right Tools:


Using the right tools will ensure a more thorough clean. Opt for microfibre cloths or electrostatic dusters, as they effectively trap and hold onto dust particles rather than just moving them around like other traditional cloths.


For high-up areas where it may be a struggle to reach, an internal vacuum or a fox duster, which can be used on a telescopic pole, would be a reliable option.


Also, for areas that are hard to reach, like corners or behind radiators, a bendable fox duster is compatible and can help tackle these challenges.


5.     Utilise a damp cloth; use a dusting spray sparingly:


If needed, lightly mist directly on a microfibre cloth with a small amount of water or a gentle dusting spray to help capture dust and prevent it from becoming airborne. Directly spraying on the cloth prevents unintended spraying on furniture, allowing for better control. For stubborn dust, use a slightly damp cloth to wipe surfaces gently. It is important not to oversaturate the cloth.

 

6.     Rotate and wash your cloths regularly:


To prevent dust from spreading, have spare cloths and dust bow sleeves ready to rotate frequently and wash them in hot water after each use to remove trapped dust and dirt.


7.      Dust before you vacuum and vacuum soft surfaces:


Carpets, rugs, upholstery, and drapes can harbour dust and allergens. Use a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter and brush attachment to clean these surfaces thoroughly and regularly. Although vacuuming is an essential step in cleaning to prevent dust from kicking up, after vacuuming, you may have to wait some time for the dust particles to settle before dusting. It may be ideal to dust before vacuuming.


8.     Clean air vents and filters:


Dust can accumulate in air vents and HVAC filters, circulating dirt when not cleaned and reducing indoor air quality. Regularly cleaning or replacing these filters can help prevent dust build-up and maintain better air circulation, so it’s best to clean them periodically.


Try these tips and see if they can effectively improve your dusting efforts and create a cleaner, healthier space. Happy dusting!

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