Raise your hand if you hate dusting! My hand is up. Of all my weekly chores, this is my least favorite. It’s not hard like cleaning the bathroom or the kitchen but I still hate it. Maybe I hate it because it seems like such a waste of time. You spend all that time dusting and it’s dusty again before you even walk away. It’s kind of like shoveling snow in a snowstorm. What’s the point!
That being said – it still needs to be done. Why?
- Because if you don’t dust, you’re providing an invitation for passersby to write in the dust with their finger. As long as they leave the dust alone, it’s not all that noticeable, but once they write in it, everybody sees!
- It’s probably not healthy to have all that dust floating around the house, especially if you have allergies. Better to keep as much out of the house as possible.
- It can damage the wood. If the woodwork isn’t dusted occasionally, the dust becomes part of the wood. At that point, the only way to fix the wood is to sand and re-paint. Woodwork dusting doesn’t need to be done as often as furniture and other surfaces but it does need to be done occasionally.
So what’s the best way to dust? There isn’t one! There are lots of different methods and tools and you should pick the one you like best. Here are a few ways to dust:
Swiffer Dusters. These are actually my favorite except for the recurring cost. The Swiffer seems to do a better job than a feather duster. The treated fabric picks up and holds the dust better. But the fabric does snag sometimes on rough spots on my wood blinds. And I have to buy them every 8 or 9 weeks. By the way, I tried the HyVee brand and will not be buying them again. I’ve also used the Best Choice brand and those worked great and were quite a bit cheaper.
Feather Duster. This is my second favorite. The reason I like it is because it allows me to do the most dusting without having to switch tools. I use it on my blinds. I use it on the trim above the doors. I use it on artwork and knickknacks. I use it on baseboards. It can do just about anything and I only have to replace it once in a while.
Microfiber Dusting Cloths. I just got one of these yesterday so I don’t have a lot of experience with it. However, I tried it and am very impressed with how much dust it picked up. But I can’t use it for the trim above doors or art work or anything else that’s up a little higher. It also makes dusting the blinds take longer. So if I use this tool, I’ll also need my feather duster.
Damp rag. I have a friend who does it this way. She wets a rag and wipes everything down with the rag. I’ve tried this and it works well. Like the microfiber dusting cloth, it takes a little bit longer and I can’t reach high spots or dust my artwork.
Pledge. I never use Pledge on my furniture. I don’t know why – I just never have. My daughter-in-law uses Pledge once in a while and the rest of the time she uses a microfiber dusting glove. If you do use Pledge, be careful not to get overspray on your non-carpeted floors. It can make them slick and you might just fall if you’re walking too fast and wearing only socks. Just ask my daughter.
And finally, a Webster. As you can see from the photo, mine is nearly worn out. I’ve had it a LONG time! I use it for ceiling fan blades, woodwork, corners, outside areas and for knocking down spiders!
So there you have it. Dusting is a drag but it must be done. My tools of choice are the Swiffer or feather duster and the Webster. What’s your favorite dusting tool?
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