10 Pro Dusting Strategies to Clean the Trickiest Places

Dusting is an essential part of maintaining a clean and healthy home. It helps to remove allergens, dirt, and grime that can accumulate over time. Dust can lead to breathing trouble and make your space appear dirty even when tidy.

Some areas are a pain to dust because they are tight or hard-to-reach spaces. Dusting is also just plain tedious, even when you have easy-to-clean surfaces. It’s time to dust those hard-to-reach areas and keep them that way!

With these tips on tools and techniques, you can dust more effectively even in hard-to-reach spaces and reduce the amount of time you spend cleaning and dusting in general.

1. Vacuum Attachments

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The best trick for dusting hard-to-reach places is, by far, using vacuum attachments. They’re a great way to get behind furniture and easily dust mini blinds or even window casings. If you have a vacuum that is compatible with them, you can use it to remove and trap dust. When you trap dust in the air, you keep it from settling back down and forcing you to dust continually. For the best results, use a vacuum with an allergy-rated HEPA filter.

2. Feather Dusters

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These are great for dusting large surfaces, such as bookshelves, mantels, and window sills. However, feather dusters can also be messy, so it’s important to use them carefully and avoid using them on delicate or fragile items. For the best results, use an artificial one as they have the same texture and softness but do not shed like natural feather dusters.

3. Microfiber Cloths

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These are a great alternative to feather dusters, as they are more effective at trapping dust and dirt. Microfiber cloths are also safe on delicate surfaces and can be used wet or dry. These are great dusting options because they effectively trap dust so that you can get rid of it rather than having to keep cleaning away dust when it settles back down. Toss in the washer and hang dry after use to keep using over and over for an eco-friendly dusting tool.

4. Extension Poles

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An extension pole can be a lifesaver when dusting hard-to-reach areas, such as high shelves and ceiling fans. You can attach various dusting tools to the pole, such as a duster or microfiber cloth, to make the task easier. These dusters come in sets that can effectively dust most of your home and often go on sale in the spring when everyone is spring cleaning.

5. Dryer Sheets

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An old dusting trick is to use a dryer sheet for dusting. They will effectively trap a large amount of dust while removing any static charge that may attract dust to a surface. Many people tie dryer sheets to a broom or attach them to a dust mop and use them to dust hard-to-reach areas to reduce the frequency with which they need to be dusted. This is great for spaces like between furniture and baseboards.

6. Dust From Top to Bottom

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When dusting, it’s important to start at the top of the room and work your way down. This will prevent dust and debris from settling onto surfaces you have already cleaned. While it can be tempting to dust hard-to-reach areas first or to leave them for last, this can leave you repeating areas you have already done. Focus on dusting from top to bottom, even in hard-to-reach spaces.

7. Dampen Your Cloth When Dusting

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Dampening your cloth when dusting can help remove and trap dust. Sometimes dust can be stubborn and difficult to remove, in these situations you can use a damp cloth or a cleaning solution to loosen it. Using a damp cloth on curtain rods, the top of a refrigerator or the tops of kitchen cabinets is the best way to trap and remove all the dust.

8. Vacuum as Much Dust as You Can

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Try to vacuum as much dust as you can. Your vacuum is great to use under recliners, behind furniture, and even on the tops of window casings. It’s crazy how much dust will build up on the carpet behind dressers and beds!

9. Dusting Really Tiny Spaces and Electronics

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Many people do not dust all of the spaces they should in their homes. Small spaces and crevices can build up dust at a staggering rate. This is particularly important for electronics. Dust enters your computer and gaming devices, is pushed around by the fans, and builds up until it causes issues and overheats your device. Be sure to dust these areas regularly. Great tools for this include compressed air, small paintbrushes, and a fresh toothbrush

10. Use a Robot Vacuum

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A Robot Vacuum can get into hard-to-reach areas like under tables. You can set the time for it to start cleaning and it will go through your house and get any dust and debris off the floor while you sleep!

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