Five Dusting Tips

I made an exciting discovery a couple of days ago. I looked out of the window at 5pm – only to discover that it was not totally pitch black!!

If you don’t live in the UK, this news is probably not going to bother you. But after what seems like an eternity of finishing work only to be greeted by complete and utter darkness, I felt a small glimmer of sunshine-type hope return!

There are lots of benefits to the upcoming longer stretches of daylight (for example, less chance of ‘accidentally’ spending half the weekend in bed). However, from a cleaning point of view, they may bring a few downsides.

In the dark depth of winter, there’s not much daylight. We exist mainly by the unnatural glow of the lightbulb. Although this can be rather depressing, it does actually hide a multitude of sins if you’ve fallen a little behind with the cleaning (maybe due to forgetting to get out of bed). The main one is that dust build-up is not quite so obvious because there’s no natural light illuminating it.

Even nowadays, the popularity of Spring Cleaning has stayed pretty strong – partly because Spring is when the light returns and you can really see how grubby everything has got!

Not to fear though – these 10 handy dusting tips will help you keep on top of that pesky fluff until British Summer Time ends (again).

photo credit: ~db~ via photopin cc
photo credit: ~db~ via photopin cc
  1. Use the right tools – It’s important to actually get rid of the dust, and not just move it around. Use microfibre cloths to trap even the tiniest particles of dust on furniture;  lambswool/static dusters to grab ceiling cobwebs or to ‘top up’ between cleans; or handheld static ornament dusters to quickly cover ‘busy’ areas such as bookshelves.
  2. Work top to bottom – This may seem an obvious one, but it’s easy to forget when faced with lots of furniture. Starting from the ceiling and dusting downwards means that any dust that’s not trapped by the cloth will float downwards until it hits the floor. Then of course, you’re going to vacuum it up, aren’t you?!
  3. Dry dust first  – Always do any dry dusting tasks before you wipe surfaces with a wet cloth, otherwise the dust gets smeared around and pretty much looks like it did before you cleaned. A good example of this is in bathrooms where dust builds up behind the toilet seat.
  4. Brush pets – Pets make lots of dust and fluff. If you brush them regularly, you are helping to prevent the problem rather than doing damage (dust) limitation.
  5. Declutter – It’s going to take you a lot longer to do all the dusting if you have an ornament & clutter-assault-course to get around every time. A minimum of objects out and about on surfaces will enable you to glide across them with ease. If you can’t remember what your surfaces look like, we can help.

A final point – If dusting is not up there on your ‘Things I love Doing in My Spare Time’ List, then for heaven’s sake do not buy any kind of gloss, glass or mirrored furniture. Particularly notable offenders include any kind of black gloss furniture, and those black glass TV stands. Avoid.

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