Time is precious. Do you ever wonder how to work smarter, not harder? I do all of the time. Here are eight green tips and tricks on how to dust better.
- Dust in the right direction. Dust is like snow; it falls from the top to the bottom. So, when dusting, start with the highest items and work your way down to the lowest. Also work in a spiral formation; working clockwise tackle all four corners and moldings, then move down and dust all tops of frames, etcetera, lower again to dust all table tops and finally all baseboards. Then vacuum. This minimizes the dust that falls onto an already cleaned area.
- Replace your broom with a microfiber mop. A microfiber mop used either wet or dry will capture more than sweeping which just stirs the dust, dirt and debris into the air.
- Put away that feather duster. Microfiber dusters actually collect the dust. A feather duster looks great, but simply spreads the dust from one surface to another. Lambswool dusters work on the concept that the natural lanolin in the sheep’s wool will cause the dust to stick to the duster. When washed, however, that lanolin is washed with it, thus reducing its effectiveness eventually to the point that it is just moving the dust around. The Fluffy Microfiber Duster by CleansGreen™ is amongst the best. (Available on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/Microfiber-Bendable-Flexible-Washable-Extendable/dp/B00A3CQSKG/ in lime green and http://www.amazon.com/Duster-Microfiber-Extendable-Extension-Replacement/dp/B00KD6J0RU/ in royal blue.)
- Do not neglect vents. The grills on your heating and air conditioning vents are hidden dust magnets. If you do not regularly vacuum or otherwise clean them, the air blowing through them will spread dust throughout your rooms and move it from room to room.
- Change your vacuum filters. Remember to clean or replace your machine’s filter as often as the manufacturer recommends. Your vacuum should help reduce dust, not spew dust into the air. Vacuums with HEPA filters are the best.
- Care for your mattresses. Every couple of months sprinkle a mixture of baking soda over your mattress, let it sit for an hour, and then vacuum it up. This gets rid of dust mites and freshens up the mattress.
- Implement prevention techniques. Use car wax on your vents to keep them dust free. This tip works on ceiling fans too! Dryer Sheets are not preferred in the dryer since they are so toxic and leave a harmful residue on our skin (http://greencleaningproductsllc.com/eco-cleaning-products-dryer-sheets-are-ugly/), but they are great for baseboards and blinds to provide a surface coating that repels the dust. Entrance mats will trap outdoor dirt before it enters the house. Removing footwear is also recommended.
- Do not forget those miscellaneous surfaces. In short, anything with a horizontal surface will require dusting at some point. Here is a checklist to review:
- door frames;
- ceiling fan blades;
- walls, especially with the orange peel textured surface;
- baseboards and moldings;
- light fixtures and chandeliers;
- doors, especially with the “pretty” panels;
- vents, yep the floor, wall, and bathroom ones;
- electronics, including the refrigerator, washer & dryer, TVs of all sizes and shapes, computers, and stereos; and
- picture frames and wall hangings.
Cut your cleaning time in half with these easy to implement how to dust tips and tricks and your Fluffy Microfiber Duster by CleansGreen™. More information and resources from Green Cleaning Products LLC are available at www.GreenCleaningProductsLLC.com.