Aug 11, 2014

General/Commercial Cleaning: Dusting
Dusting may seem like a vague and aimless task but with a proper understanding of the tools and attention to the right areas it can have a positive effect on the presentation and comfort of any room or office and takes very little time.
Things you will Need:
Duster: There are two main types of dusters that you can use, each having a different effect. We tend to suggest utilising both.
Feather dusters are softer and have a more defined cleaning area, making them good for detail dusting. This can be for things like lamps or even a quick once over of a laptop or computer.
Hair or fuzzy dusters are good for cobwebbing and covering larger surfaces as the contact area is quite large. There are brands that work on static or other effects of that nature that can be quite effective.
Damp Rags and Wet Paper Towels:While dusters offer speed and have the advantage of not requiring water, they are not always as effective at picking up dust. Damp rags and wet paper towels effectively remove dust and dirt as the dirt clings to them. They can easily be washed or thrown away. Supermarkets have entire lines of wipes, but an old rag will do as well.
Broom, Mop or Vacuum: See previous tips for more information on these items.
Things to Keep in Mind:
The more thorough you are with dusting the better off you will be. Devising a routine to follow can help make it a more functional activity.
There are no set routines for dusting or instructions per say but things that you can keep in mind are:
Any horizontal surface will gather dust on the top. So places like the tops of desks, the tops of the shelves, etc. Always focus on these areas first and at the highest points so that if any dust gets knocked down you aren’t getting it on clean surfaces.
Upper skirting is prone to cobwebs and mould while lower skirting builds up dust. Be sure not to ignore them.
Window frames and fly wire are dust magnets and if they are not frequently dusted will just blow dust throughout your rooms anytime a window is open. For fly wire always use a duster or remove them and hose them down outside.
Any air vents or heating filters must be kept dust free. These build up quickly and can ruin air flow, increasing dust throughout the property and making it harder for heating and cooling systems to do their jobs.
Central heating systems often have fan settings that can be turned on to remove dust from the air. Just having the fan on for a few minutes a day can have an effect.
Vacuums that have full bags will do more harm than good as more and more dust will make it through the system and into the exhaust fans. If that is the case you might as well not vacuum at all.
Make sure to vacuum furniture and get it steam or dry cleaned professionally at least once a year. Bang your couch with your hand and often you will actually see the dust shoot into the air. Furniture poorly kept is one of the major sources of dust gathering in a room.
Dust your blinds whether venetians or not. If they are curtains or drapes vacuum them with an appropriate fitting or give them a shape or light beat to try and get the dust out.
Make sure that whatever you use to dust, duster or rag, is frequently upkept and free of dust. If they are dusty you will just be pushing the dust around.
How Often Should it be Done? Dust can gather over night so as frequently as you can. Tolerance to dust varies from person to person so asthmatics and the like typically require dusting more frequently.
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