Why is dusting important and why should I make it a priority?
Dusting comparative to other jobs such as vacuuming, disinfecting the bathrooms, and laundry seems less important to most of us. However, dusting provides many cleaning and health benefits.
Firstly, it is always recommended that you dust before your routine vacuum. This is because When you dust and all the particles get thrown up into the air and land they can be immediately hoovered up. Dusting after vacuuming will ensure that all your dusting hard work could go to waste as the dust just resettles somewhere else.
These particles are not only keeping your home from looking beautifully clean, but they also contain bacteria, allergens and germs, so it is well worth being thorough. Particularly if you are an allergy sufferer, asthmatic or have young children living in your household.
How to tackle it
The best way to dust is to work from the top down (to ensure most the dust ends closer to the floor) and work methodically from one side of the room to the other – whether it be left to right or right to left. This way, dusting on a weekly basis will become quicker and easier.
Another great tip is to clear surfaces in your home. Decluttering your space and keeping them clear where possible will not only make dusting easier but also create less dust.
The key is to dust consistently and to stay focussed. During dusting, there can be a temptation to start organising and sorting. It is better to set these things aside and deal with this task after you have completed dusting.
Cleaning and Replacing Air Filters
These are a huge source of dust and allergens in your home, so during your dusting, they need some attention. If you haven’t been replacing your air filters each season you’re asking for more dust in your home. You can hire a professional who will come by and vacuum all of your vents out, removing all of the residual dust in your home.
Handy Tip For Soft Toys
A great tip for removing dust and germs from soft toys is taking a large plastic bag with a cup of baking soda. Place all items in the bag and pour in a cup of baking soda. Secure the top, then take the items outside and shake well. The baking soda and static will draw out the soil and dust. Remove items one at a time, shake off the clumps of baking soda, and vacuum the rest using a brush attachment. This will ensure the removal of dust from these toys. You can always run them through the washing machine afterwards.