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How To: Dust

Dusting: a simple, crucial, and often overlooked task of housekeeping. No pointing fingers here, but you may have noticed that letting dust accumulate amounts to a heavy-duty grime job that's not good for your house or your immune system. What you might not know is that new houses are more likely to acquire dust quickly because they don't have the air circulation that older, draftier homes do. To learn a few tips I've picked up from Real Simple on the best way to dust,

  • Ditch the feather duster, and update your cleaning supply with microfiber cloths and a good vacuum with a brush attachment. Microfiber cloths will eliminate most dust and dirt, and the vacuum can pick up the rest from just about any surface.
  • Dust from high to low. If you've brushed any dust from your high shelves, you can still vanquish it when you hit the floors.
  • Dust before you disinfect, so you're not just pushing particles around with a mop or sponge later on.
  • Dust surfaces at eye level regularly with a dry microfiber cloth— at least once a week.
  • Use a vacuum cleaner brush attachment to dust upholstery or textured wood furniture.


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