First of all, I am not here to make you feel like you HAVE to get your house dust-free to be a good mom. If the dust in your house isn’t a big deal to you right now, don’t stress over it. This post is for those who feel the need to do something about it, but everyone is at a different point in life. (Go here if you need to just get your house clean FAST)
*Two disclaimers here off the top. I had a janitorial service for 13 years so I know a little bit about dusting. And links below are affiliate links. If you order anything by clicking on them I may earn a few cents, lol.
Now that we have all that settled…
1. The right tools
One tool that has been representative of household dusting is the good ol’ feather duster. If you have one of these, you probably need to go ahead and throw it out now. All a feather duster does is scatter the dust off of what you are dusting, onto everything around it.
One of the best tools for dusting is just a good cloth rag. A cotton blend that does not leave lint will work well.
Also useful, for certain jobs, are things like the Swiffer Dusters and a static charged nylon duster like the one below:
Although not completely necessary, a vacuum with attachments like the one below can be helpful as well.
2. The right process
If you have used a feather duster in the past, you probably got very frustrated. Even using a better duster like the ones above may not be super helpful if your house is very dusty.
To get control of a dusty house it will take more than a quick swish with any kind of duster. The best way to catch up and cut down on the dust is by using a wet dusting procedure.
The best way to wet dust is to fill a bowl with warm water adding in some mild cleaning agent. I like using Murphy’s Oil Soap.Use a cloth that is small enough to squeeze out well and manipulate.
Even though it is called wet dusting, this is not like you are cleaning your kitchen or bathroom. Be sure to squeeze out your cloth regularly. You do NOT want it sopping wet, dripping water. (NOTE: If you have nice polished furniture, you will want to dry after wiping, and maybe add polish)
In each room you work, start on one side of the room and work your way around. When dusting, it is usually best to start at the top and work your way day, although it is not quite as crucial with wet dusting as you are not dropping dust below.
The more thorough you are the better results you will have at keeping the dust at bay. Wipe figures, picture frames, etc, as well as furniture tops and any edges that can gather dust. You will very quickly begin to see the water darken as you rinse your cloth. You will want to get fresh water often, depending on how much dust you have built up and how many rooms you are tackling.
Maintenance — The good thing about wet dusting is that it can quickly cut down on the dust flying around your house. After your initial wet dusting, depending on the dust in your home and factors affecting it (wood floors, pets, dirt from outdoors) you may be able to maintain for several weeks, or maybe months, by just using a swiffer or microfiber duster. You will have to be the judge of that. I would suggest wet dusting at least every other month or so.
A few more thoughts to help keep the dust at bay:
Be sure to hit the stuff up high, such as ceiling fans, light fixtures, tops of pictures, high shelves.
Be careful to squeeze your cloth dry when you are dusting things such as picture frames and nice wood furniture.
Use this process on glass, but then you may want to go back and shine with a glass cleaner.
A vacuum with attachments can help get in cracks and crevices you might have a difficult time reaching.
Damp mopping wood or tile floors (with a dust mop or swiffer) can also help keep the dust at bay.