Dust – It seems to be everywhere and it seems to never go away. Both are true statements. The situation can be worse, however, if it is not done correctly.
While dusting may seem like a thankless and never ending task it is important, especially for those susceptible to allergies. Knowing that as Margaret Mead has proclaimed, “We won’t have a society if we destroy the environment” it is vital that we also consider green natural home cleaning. This is required for houses, offices, factories, in short, everywhere.
While dusting may feel like a losing battle, there are a few tricks to keep that dust from coming back so quickly. In fact in some ways you may be sabotaging your efforts to zap it. Let’s see if we can help you enhance the results of your dusting efforts.
Seven practices to avoid when dusting:
1. Trying to do everything in a day:
While it may seem like a great idea, logistically it does not work and ultimately will increase your frustration. Instead, relax and divide your cleaning tasks. For instance, first clean your bedroom and living room, and next time clean your kitchen and bathroom, or vice versa.
2. Unorganized Cleaning:
While the immediate plan is to follow Nike’s strategy of “Just Do It”, you will find you are much more successful if you use a top down, round the room strategy. Starting from the top with dusting and ending with vacuuming the floor will actually remove the unwanted dust and dirt. Same thing with starting at one point of the room and working your way around that room.
3. Dry dusting:
When dust is dry, those tiny bits and particles are more susceptible to scratching delicate surfaces. Additionally those small particles easily become airborne making it harder to gather and remove. Spritz microfibers dusters and cloths with water, a dusting spray, or polish for easier cleaning and better results.
4. Spraying polish directly on furniture:
While a common practice it will yield an undesirable film built-up which is difficult to remove and ultimately attracts more dust. Instead, spray the dusting cloth and then pass it gently across the surface. If any residue remains, take the extra step to buff the surface.
5. Overlooking heating and air conditioning vents:
The grills on your walls and ceilings are hidden dust magnets. Forgetting to clean them will cause the air blowing through to fill your room with dust … and quickly. The best practices is to use the vacuum’s soft brush attachment to go over the slats. Also do not often forget to clean the slats on air conditioner itself, as well as change the equipment filters.
6. Forgetting to change or clean your vacuum’s filters and bags:
Vacuum cleaner filters are designed to capture the fine dust and particles the vacuum collects. Clogged filters cannot trap this dust and may, in fact, spew it back into the air. The same phenomena happens when the bag is too full. Although counterintuitive, a vacuum cleaner bag is designated as “full” when it is still half empty. Replace or wash any filters, as well as the bags, as often as your model’s manufacturer recommends.
7. Using a feather duster instead of microfiber duster:
Feather duster only makes the dust flying away and move somewhere else in the room. Additionally it is not able to gather dust and hold the dust. A high quality microfiber duster on the other hand that will grip the dust and remove it from the source until it is cleaned.
Through the years, CleansGreen® has worked with many different microfiber dusters to incorporate some of the most effective available features and avoid some of the least. This helps to ensure top results are achieved from green cleaning to create a safe allergen free environment. Green Cleaning Products LLC has included a microfiber duster included in the CleansGreen® Green Cleaning Startup Kit.