After last week’s piece on the benefits that come along with dusting, you might be left wondering what one should include in a thorough dusting. If dusting has that many helpful benefits for you, your family, and your home, then it’s just as important to be complete in one’s regular dusting routine. It’s easy to overlook some of the obvious, that’s why we, at Maid to Shine, want to compile a helpful list to make your home cleaning efforts go from ordinary to stellar. If you’re looking to dust your home thoroughly, the following are a list of general rules to help guide you towards a beneficial dusting. Your home will be so much cleaner, and it will look as though you regularly hire professional cleaners.
Dust from top to bottom. Why is this? Dust settles down after it has been stirred up and removed. The most efficient, effective way to save as much time in your dusting routine, as well as getting as much of the dust removed, is to dust from the highest point to the lowest. Start by looking for anything that may be high up. This includes ceiling fans, light fixtures, air vents, the tops of high furniture, the top edges of picture frames, the top shelves of desks, etc. Dust settles, collects, and hides in these obvious places. Dusting these key areas weekly is a great measure to take to make your home as dustless as possible. As well, dusting the obvious, go-to household objects is helpful too:televisions, computers, bookshelves, tables, desks, and the side furniture. If you have cloth furniture (chairs, recliners, couches, loveseats, footstools, etc.), regularly vacuum the dust and pet hair that seeps and settles into the weave of the fabric. It’s also fantastic for the upkeep of your furniture. Another dusting tactic that might be helpful is to routinely dust the baseboards. This should be the very last thing you get to in your dusting routine as it is lowest to the ground. Once you’ve finished dusting don’t forget to vacuum the floors to get the dust that’s settled down in the carpet, so that it doesn’t resettle back onto anything if it gets stirred up.