I take some time each week to review all the comments on our website, YouTube channel, and Facebook page. I do this for a few reasons; first off, I like to know what people are talking about in our community and how we can improve ourselves in terms of the content we deliver. Secondly, I like to see what people are interested in learning more about—what peoples’ pain points are so I can address them. Well, I’ve recently noticed a copious amount of requests for dusting tips and hacks! So, here are 10 quickies that will cut your cleaning time when it comes to dusting.
Dusting Ceiling Fans & Light Fixtures
To dust ceiling fans and light fixtures use a bendable duster. You shouldn’t need a ladder for this unless you have really high ceilings. You can bend the shaft to suit any light or fan configuration (including a ceiling fan, just bend it 90 degrees). When you’re done you can remove the microfiber cover and machine wash it. I got this one on Amazon and it cost me under 20 bucks.
Corners, Moldings & Door Frames
When it comes to dusting corners, moldings and door frames there are always spiderwebs and dust aplenty here. This area usually goes ignored, but here’s the laziest, easiest way to do it: Grab a mop pole and an old sock (or a microfiber cloth), place it over the end of the mop pole and use an elastic to secure it. You’ve now got an amazing high-duster!
How to Dust Walls
We get asked this one a lot. I personally don’t dust my walls, but if it’s something that needs to be done, there’s a simple way to clean and dust walls. Simply use a flat head mop and a microfiber cloth sprayed with a bit of water. No need to use an expensive product here! Simply work the tool up and down the wall using a ‘W’ pattern to save time and energy and to ensure you’re covering the entire space.
These get super dusty as they run for a long time and suck up tons of dirt, moisture, and dust. The next time you’re cleaning them, use your vacuum with the brush attachment to loosen and suck up the caked on dirt and dust.
Check back to my earlier tip: Corners, Moldings & Door Frames. Using a mop pole with a cloth or old sock attached to it, lightly sprayed, means no more bending down, and no more tough work. This makes the job so much easier and also allows you to access hard-to-reach areas like behind furniture.
Delicate Items & Antiques
To clean and dust delicate ornaments, antique pieces, silk flowers or small delicate trinkets, lightly mist a small paintbrush or makeup brush and use that to do this detailed cleaning.
Pro Tip: Dust In the Right Direction
Dust is like snow: it falls from the top to the bottom. So, when dusting, start with the highest items and work your way down to the lowest. If you don’t, you’ll have to repeat your work. Another good thing to keep in mind is to work in a spiral formation – working clockwise tackle all four corners and moldings, then move down and dust all tops of frames (doors and art etc.), then lower again to dust all table tops and finally all baseboards. Then vacuum last. This way, no dust will fall on an already cleaned area.
Use Microfiber Cloths
I’ve been talking about microfiber cloths for years now. I can’t understand why you would dust with anything else—ultimately microfiber helps you spend less time cleaning! A microfiber cloth is electrostatically charged, meaning it very literally attracts dust. They’re also highly absorbent and they don’t leave lint or dust behind which means streak-free surfaces. In short, these tools save you time by helping you clean more efficiently. I love them so much I decided to make my own.
Clean Your Ducts & Replace Air Filters
These are a huge source of dust and allergens in your home, especially after any sort of home renovation. If you haven’t been replacing your air filters each season you’re asking for more dust in your home. As well, having your air ducts cleaned is the ultimate form of dusting. You can hire a professional who will come by and vacuum all of your vents out, removing all of the residual dust in your home.
Delicate Areas or Areas Where You Can’t See
Vacuum with a pantyhose covered dust brush for these areas. The nozzle can collect dust while using a dust brush, without running the risk of sucking up valuables or items you don’t want vacuumed up!