While dusting might look simple, it's actually a real art. And it's one of the most important tasks during any clean. Here are our top tips to help you bust dust.
Work from the highest surfaces down to lowest surfaces
You should always dust the highest surfaces first and work your way down towards the floor. This is to ensure that you don’t dust onto surfaces that you’ve already cleaned.
Start by dusting in the corners of the room (if you have a long-handled duster), and then work down to taller shelves, above door frames, and picture frames. Then work down to waist-height sufaces like tables.
Dust around the room with a methodical approach
Work either clockwise - or anti-clockwise - around the room to ensure that you clean all surfaces. Using a methodical approach like this helps to make sure that no areas get missed.
Dust ornaments and other items (and lift to dust beneath them!)
In almost all rooms there will be items that sit on surfaces. In the kitchen, this may be the bread bin, and in the living room this may be frames photos or ornaments. These items often need dusting too!
But be super careful when doing this, as these items are often fragile and sentimental. Where you can, you should also pick up these items to dust & wipe beneath them.
Dust all horizontal surfaces you can reach
Dust moves around rooms and can hang about in the air and settle just about anywhere. So it's super-important that you dust absolutely everywhere that you’re able to reach. As a rule of thumb, we say that all horizontal surfaces that you can reach should be dusted.
Use a slightly damp microfibre cloth when dusting
When dusting, you'll get the best results using a slightly damp cloth, rather than a completely dry cloth. Dry cloths tend to move dust around, rather than picking it up. Plus they could cause damage to the finish on some surfaces.
It’s not just surfaces that need dusting
Remember, dust collects almost everywhere, and it’s not just your shelves and tables that need dusting. Dust gathers on door frames, hanging pictures, lampshades and a million other places. Make sure that you’re giving all of these areas the time and effort they deserve to guarantee a dust-free environment.
Always dust before you vacuum
Make sure that you complete all of the dusting before you vacuum. Otherwise you'll dust onto clean floors. In fact, you should leave the floors until the very end in each room you clean.