October 29, 2010

The Art of Dusting

The battle against dust can never be won as it is in the air at all times, but that is no excuse to give up. The knowledge that household dust consists mostly of flakes of dead skin, moulds, insect parts and egg cases, hairs and flakes of cat saliva can turn even the most resolute slob into a devoted duster. Take as much pride in your cloths drawer as your knicker drawer: keep it well stocked and frequently laundered.

Dust duty
Arm yourself with clean cotton dusters and a leather duster for the less accessible areas or delicate objects.
Start at the top and work down so that dislodged dust and dirt falls down onto un-dusted areas.
Use the duster lightly as dust contains particles that can scratch and damage surfaces if you rub too hard.
Shake out dusters frequently otherwise you are just moving the dust around rather than getting rid of it.
To prevent dust flying around and settling back on the things you’ve just dusted, slightly dampen the duster with water.
Have a slightly damp cloth handy for removing surface dirt and marks, such as rings from cups and glasses.
Use a vacuum cleaner or hand-held dustbuster for corners and upholstery.
Finish the dusting programme with a thorough vacuuming.