Dusting Made Easy

Dusting Made EasyIf younger looking skin doesn’t give you a reason to moisturize more often, maybe dust will. That’s right! Dust is partially made up of dead skin cells that you shed. The other parts can be pollen, animal dander, decomposing insects, lint, dust mites and even their bitty mite poop. Attractive, right? Maybe not so much.

But don’t worry, dust is a natural part of life and it doesn’t mean that you or your home are dirty. Older homes are usually dustier than newer ones that have tighter seals around windows and doors. And not every area of your home will gather dust at the same rate.

And the next time you see that cloud of dust swirling in a sunbeam this article will be here to help you get rid of it all.

The Byrds Knew What They Were Saying with “Turn, Turn, Turn…”

We know the dust is everywhere, but you can’t just start attacking it at random. Dust falls from top to bottom (kinda like snow!), which means you need to start at the highest parts of the room or with the items on the highest shelf and work your way down. If you don’t, you’ll just be spreading it around rather than cleaning it up.

Work in a spiral pattern. Pick one corner, dust the highest level, spin clockwise, dust the highest level on that wall, spin clockwise, dust the highest level on the third wall, spin clockwise, dust the highest level on the last wall, spin clockwise, dust the next highest level on the first wall. See what we mean? This system will make sure dust isn’t falling anywhere you’ve already cleaned.

One Word: Microfiber

These handy little guys really cut down on the time you spend dusting (and doing a lot of other kinds of cleaning, too!) Microfiber cloths are electrostatically charged, which means it literally attracts dust. (This is also why your TV screens and computer monitor are always so dusty!) No dust or lint gets left behind and they leave a streak-free surface behind.

The Never Ending Battle

If you feel like you still get a lot of dust even when you’re finished, you may want to change your air filter and invest in a HEPA (high efficiency particulate absorbtion) air purifier with allergen filters to reduce dust. Vacuums with HEPA filters are also a great way to reduce the amount of dust circulating through your home.

Set a Schedule

Dust your furniture and electronics weekly. Dust your ceilings, fans, window treatments, windowsills, baseboards, bookshelves, tchotchkes and knickknacks once a month.

Get Creative

For those hard-to-reach spots, you may have to get a little creative. A lint roller works great on lampshades, paintbrushes are excellent for reaching into crevices, dryer sheets can be used on computer and TV screens to zap electricity and get rid of dust.

Slow and Steady

Don’t try to dust to fast. Take the time to be deliberate. Otherwise you’re just going to knock it into the air and then you’ll have to wait for it to settle before you can clean it.

Buy a Doormat

About 80% of the stuff of the dirt in your home is actually tracked in on your shoes. Wipe your feet, take your shoes off, and clean the mat periodically.

Call in a Professional

Whether you just want to get a jumpstart on the dust in your home or want to leave this task to someone else, there’s no shame in hiring a professional cleaning company to do it for you. If you’re in the NYC area, give 1st Class Cleaning a call. We can come give your house a once over or work with you to set up a regular cleaning schedule. Contact us today to learn more about our services and pricing!

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