Dusting is one of the basic jobs in good housekeeping but not one we typically enjoy. If the dusting task can be made easier and more manageable by doing it once a month. This makes the job easier and keeps your house looking clean all the time!
Since thorough dusting goes over all the areas in a house, dusting is a good place to start a general house cleaning because it will allow you to tidy up as you work along, and help you to see the cleaning needs of fixtures, appliances, etc. and where you may have to go back later to give a more thorough cleaning with the appropriate cleaning supplies. Also, dusting needs to be thorough so that missed areas don’t stand out, or accumulate layers of dust.
For furniture pledge works good, but whatever product you select, spray it on the cloth and not the furniture itself to get an even application and even results. Micro fiber cleaning cloths are popular nowadays for dusting, but they also work well on mirrors and glass. A common rule of thumb in housecleaning is to start high and work your way down low (you don’t want to contaminate what you’ve already cleaned). Below are some additional hints to make your dusting program more effective.
Move Items – it is more efficient to move all of the items before you dust something, such as a dresser top, then to move each item and dust under process.
Ceiling Fans – Once a ceiling fan is clean, it is easy to keep it clean. A 2-step ladder will be enough to reach most ceiling fans, but you can also use hard surface floor cleaning mops to extend and reach higher fans; whatever you do, make sure that you follow safe work practices.
Window Ledges – when you are ready to do the windows, raise all the blinds and curtains (coat hangers can help raise the bottoms out of the way if necessary) to allow for proper access to the ledges.
Baseboards – don’t forget these often neglected areas because dirty baseboards always make a house look less clean. If they have been neglected until now, vac excess dust and debris off with a soft brush and damp mop or wipe clean.
Door Jam & Light Switch Plates may require a little extra as they pick up some of the oils and grime from hands. Usually a mild cleaning solution on a wet cloth will suffice.
Don’t forget the other basics to make the job comprehensive and get that ‘clean’ look; this includes dusting and wiping bed frames, cabinet sides door panels, banisters and spindles, chair legs, picture glass and frames and blinds and curtain rods.