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Cleaning Up at Christmas: Dusting—Tips from the Pros at My Cleaning Lady

When you go to someone’s home, their floors can be gleaming and their countertops sparkling. But if there are thick layers of dust on the bookshelves or television set, the whole place looks dirty. Eliminating dust can be a challenge. But with the right tools and know-how, it can be accomplished!

What exactly is dust, and why can it be harmful?

  • Much of dust consists of dead human skin cells and dust mites that feast upon them. These mites make feces like any other organism, and this substance can be an allergen once it is released into the air. To prevent dust from simply floating in the air, it’s important to use cleaning methods that trap and remove it instead of simply letting it drift somewhere else.
  • Dust can exacerbate hay fever and trigger allergies.
  • Asthma sufferers are at particular risk, as the excrement from dust mites can trigger asthmatic attack-response.

Different options for dusting:

  • Traditional feather dusters are useful for reaching tight spaces and also for dusting around delicate items, such as glassware on mantle tops. Although they effectively pick up dust through static electricity, they also cause a substantial amount of it to circulate into the air and subsequently land on other surfaces.
  • Microfiber cloths are effective dust collectors due to their ingenious design, which traps dust particles through static attraction and uses thousands of tiny fibers to draw in dust. These cloths are also machine-washable and quite durable, allowing them to be used for years.
  • Disposable cloths from Swiffer® and other manufacturers are designed to trap dust into textured fibers. They effectively remove dust. However, they are not ecologically friendly and can become expensive if used frequently.
  • Cans of spray polish also make claims about reducing dust. However, with the right cloth, cleaners can typically remove the maximum amount of dust without introducing harmful chemicals found in typical polish sprays.
  • Vacuuming all of your home’s surfaces is vital after dusting. Even if you use a microfiber cloth, some dust will be redistributed into the air and then onto another surface. Vacuums with a quality HEPA filter will allow you to collect dust instead of simply spreading it around.

Sometimes dust can accumulate so long in one place or come into contact with grease or other grime that it becomes more solid and trapped. Cleaning this dust takes a different approach:

  • Dust behind the refrigerator can cling to the coils, reducing the appliance’s performance. After unplugging the refrigerator and moving it away from the wall, you can use a sponge soaked in vinegar to remove dust and grease.
  • Ceiling fan blades accumulate thick dust over time. Use a vacuum attachment to remove light dust and then follow up with wet paper towels or a damp microfiber cloth to remove thick dust layers.

Dusting is an essential part of any cleaning regimen that gives your home a clean and fresh look. It’s also a good hygienic practice—especially for asthmatics and allergy sufferers. If dusting and cleaning the rest of the house simply takes too much time, then consider the top notch staff at My Cleaning Lady.

My Cleaning Lady is a domestic referral agency.  The house cleaners we refer offer complete home cleaning services including thorough dusting at reasonable prices. My Cleaning Lady Referral Agency proudly serves Arcadia, Chino, Chino Hills, Duarte, Ontario, Pomona, LaVerne, Covina, Rancho Cucamonga, Fontana, Montclair, Claremont, Phillips Ranch, Upland, West Covina, Glendora, San Dimas, and Sierra Madre. Visit http://www.mycleaninglady.com/or call (909) 593-6690 for information or to arrange a free estimate.