Dusting is a perpetual process: after all surfaces have been polished, only a few minutes later new dirt particles adhere to them again. What's particularly frustrating is that dust can't be avoided – but it can be eliminated (even if only briefly).
Ordinary house dust is made up of various tiny, tiny particles – such as dander and hair, lint and fabric or plant fibers, or even house dust mites and their droppings. For this reason, especially allergy sufferers need to dust at regular intervals. But which tools actually work best and can the (unfortunately unavoidable) dust infestation be reduced somehow?? We have gone to the bottom of the questions.
The best tools for dusting
1. Cotton cloths
2. Microfiber cloths
Microfiber cloths are especially popular for dusting, as they can be used to dry and also have an electrostatic attraction to dust. However, you should use the cloths with caution, as they have a rough texture and can thus scratch delicate furniture. For this reason, these dusters are not recommended for smooth or high-gloss surfaces.
3. Feather duster
The traditional feather duster has always been a classic, and thanks to its integrated telescopic pole, it can be used to clean hard-to-reach areas. The various attachments make it easy to remove dust from radiators, car fittings, chests of drawers or picture frames. Alternatively, there are also disposable feather dusters from Swiffer , but they end up in the trash after use and are therefore not very sustainable.
Tips and tricks for dusting
To capture as much dust as possible, you should use the following techniques:
- Vacuum all rooms first, before you start dusting – vice versa, vacuuming afterwards would only stir up new dust and you start all over again.
- When dusting, these fixed rules apply: Always wipe from top to bottom, inside to outside and back to front. Otherwise you spread the dust on freshly wiped areas.
- Clear cluttered surfaces like windowsills and shelves first before you start dusting, and don't just wipe around the items around it.
How to reduce dust infestation
Even if dust deposits cannot be avoided in principle, they can certainly be reduced. To do this, you just need to implement the following tips:
If your windows are tilted all day, not only fresh air passes through the apartment – but also a lot of dust. To reduce the infestation, you should ventilate for a maximum of ten minutes in the morning and evening and then close the windows again. This technique also favors optimal humidity, which allows the dust to bind better.
Extra tip: Houseplants also increase the humidity and thus help to bind the dust better. However, unfortunately, dust collects on their leaves, which Sue should remove regularly.