Out of all the various housecleaning chores we do, dusting seems like one of the easiest. Simply wave your duster across your furnishings and frames and it will miraculously pick up all those pesky particles leaving your house fresh and clean, right?
Well…yes and no.
Because dusting is so easy, most people don’t take time to learn how to do it properly. And this mistake can cost you time and money. Luckily, it’s also pretty easy to make the adjustments needed so that you are doing it correctly. Here are the top five dusting mistakes and how to fix them:
#1: Only Dusting What’s in Reach
As humans, we love taking shortcuts with anything and everything we can. Take cooking, for example, we choose the microwave over the oven, the Instapot over the crockpot…you get the point. And it’s no different with cleaning. One of the most tempting shortcuts in dusting is to focus on what’s right in front of you and skip those hard-to-reach places like crown molding, bookshelf tops, or ceiling fan blades. Out of sight, out of mind, right?
But skipping the places you can’t see (or need a ladder to reach) means that you are allowing dust in these areas to re-enter the air and fall in other areas of your home. And soon that area that you did dust will be covered once again.
To thoroughly dust your house, make it a point to address those hard to reach areas. And if you don’t feel like pulling out a ladder or stool, simply use a duster with an extension pole.
#2: Using the Wrong Tools to Dust
Like anything else, you need the right tools to get the job done right. And if you are using one of those fancy feather dusters, you’ve got the wrong tool. All these do is fluff the dust into the air and spread it around. Sure, it may be fun to use, but you are only stirring the dust up, not getting rid of it.
Instead, go with a microfiber duster. These dusters collect the particles and remove them from your furnishings making it easier to breathe dust-free. And the best part is that they are reusable – saving you money by simply cleaning them rather than replacing them constantly.
#3: Dusting in the Wrong Order
Yes, there is an order to dusting – and if not done properly, your house will always feel dusty. Even if you use the best tools for the job, some dust will get stirred up as you clean. So to be the most efficient, it’s important to start at the top with things like ceiling fans, overhead light fixtures, and crown molding ledges. Instead of working room by room, go around the house and dust everything that’s on this top-level first.
Hit every ceiling fan and light fixture in the house, then move down to top shelves, bookcases, etc. Keep moving around the house at each level until you’ve dusted everything. Yes, it’s tempting to finish a section or piece of furniture in its entirety first. But if you switch from dusting sections to levels, you give any stirred up dust time to settle on the next lower level where you can catch it.
Once you are finished, be sure to vacuum to remove any dust that falls to the floor in the process.
#4: Forgetting to Clean the A/C and Heating Vents
Air conditioners and heating systems are magnets for dust, but they are often not included in people’s dusting routines. Unfortunately, if you don’t clean them out, they will just blow the dust back into your home’s air. So dust them, wipe them, and vacuum them out to help eliminate the added dust.
#5: Not Changing the Dirty Vacuum Filters
Any time you dust, you should finish up the job by vacuuming the floor to get any particles that have fallen. But this can (and will) go wrong if your vacuum filter is dirty. A dirty filter can redistribute the dust back into the air in your home, making your efforts fruitless. So be sure to inspect your vacuum filter regularly and change it out or wash it to avoid recirculating old dust in your home.
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