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Home dusting tips

 So, you’ve looked around lately and thought, “The entire house is covered in dust!” You might have taken a swipe or two at things here and there or maybe tackled one room, but the rest remains, and it seems like a daunting task. It can be, but only if you let it. Instead, use our room by room challenge plan to dust your entire house fast and hard.

You don’t have to do this in a day either! You can break up this challenge over a week or a couple of weeks. If you’re not into a “challenge”, no problem! Just work on this plan for the next few months and before you know it you will be caught up with the most extreme dusting needs and back to your regular cleaning regimen.

Dusting the Kitchen

  • You’ll need to remove all items from your kitchen cabinets and drawers and dust them as you go if needed.
  • Use a damp cloth to clean the shelves and cabinet doors, handles, and drawers.
  • Place everything back in the drawers and cabinets so you can get to work on the rest of the space.
  • Clean the top, sides, and behind the fridge and other appliances like the microwave and oven.
  • Clear your countertop completely, dusting each item as you go.
  • Finish by dusting the countertops and around the sink. Don’t forget the tiles and under the upper cabinets.
  • Get all the walls, ceiling, trim, and baseboards.
  • Dust light fixtures, removing the glass to clean the insides.
  • Finish with the vacuum and/or mop.

Dining Room

  • Using a dust cloth or damp cloth, get all the hanging decor dust-free.
  • Dust light fixtures, removing the glass to clean the insides.
  • Get all the walls, ceiling, vents, trim, and baseboards.
  • Dust on top, sides, legs, and underneath the dining table and any furniture.
  • Finish with the vacuum and/or mop.

Dusting Your Bathrooms

  • Like the kitchen, remove and dust all items in the cabinets.
  • Thoroughly dust the shelves in and outside of the cabinets, the tops, sides, handles, and underneath hanging cabinets.
  • Wall tiles floor to ceiling. Tub surrounds, and backsplashes may have lips and crevices that need extra attention.
  • Be sure to get any hanging or sitting decor, trim, tops of doors, vents, and hidden spaces.
  • You should open the cover to your ceiling vent and swipe out accumulated dust.
  • Dust light fixtures, removing the glass to clean the insides.
  • Dust cobwebs from the ceiling and corners and wipe down the walls.
  • Get really low and get behind and under the toilet bowl and sink pipes.
  • Finish with the vacuum and/or mop.

Living Room Dusting

  • Start by picking up the floors and all furniture surfaces.
  • Dust the picked-up items as needed before you put them away or set aside in a basket to be put in another room. Don’t wait to dust these things, do it as you pick them up!
  • Pull furniture away from the walls so you can access and clean the walls and corners of cobwebs.
  • Move on to dust your newly decluttered surfaces but not just the tops. Dust the sides, backs, drawers, and handles.
  • Dust the light fixtures, vents, trim, tops of doors, and ceiling and any left-over walls, baseboards, and corners.
  • Dust all hanging decor like paintings and picture frames.
  • Remove all shams and pillow covers and throw blankets.  Wash and dry and replace.
  • Finish by vacuuming carpets and rugs and mopping hard floors.

Hallways and Stairs

  • Remove dust from light fixtures, paintings, picture frames, and any other hanging decor.
  • Remove cobwebs from ceilings, walls, vents, and corners.
  • Vacuum all carpets and rugs, nooks and crannies, corners, and steps. Mop all hard floors.
  • If you have hard floors on the stairs, start at the top step and use a damp cloth to clean the individual steps on your way down, ensuring that you’re getting into the crevices and corners.

Bedrooms and Play Rooms

  • Start by picking up the floors and all furniture surfaces.
  • Dust the picked-up items as needed before you put them away in drawers, closet, hamper, toy box, or set aside in a basket to be put in another room. Don’t wait to dust these things, do it as you pick them up!
  • Before you finish dusting elsewhere, focus your attention on the bed now that you have the space to work on it. The reason for this is that the bed work will kick up some dust that will settle on your other bedroom surfaces. You spend a large amount of your life in bed, and it’s a huge source of dust producing skin flakes, dead dust mites and their droppings, dander, and more.

 

  • If your pillows are over two years old, consider replacing them due to dust mite content and using pillow covers.
  • Remove all blankets, sheets, shams, and mattress covers. Wash and dry.
  • Vacuum your mattress and/or wipe down with a damp cloth.
  • Flip your mattress and repeat the last step to the underside.
  • Use this opportunity to rotate your mattress if you don’t already do so as often as suggested.
  • If you do not have a mattress cover, consider getting one to help prevent your mattress from becoming a haven for dust mites.
  • Finally, dust your bed frame, legs, headboard and footboard. Don’t forget behind the headboard and under the bed!
  • Make your bed with your freshly washed cover, linens, and blankets.

 

  • Continuing on in the bedroom and playroom, pull furniture away from the walls so you can access and clean the walls and corners of cobwebs.
  • Dust all hanging decor like paintings and picture frames.
  • Dust the light fixtures, vents, trim, tops of doors, and ceiling and any left-over walls, baseboards, and corners.
  • Move on to dust your newly decluttered surfaces (like night stands), but not just the tops. Dust the sides, backs, drawers, and handles.
  • Finish by vacuuming carpets and rugs and mopping hard floors.

 

Beyond the Front Door

Remember that some of your dust is coming in from outdoors via your shoes and being blown in when the door is open. A great set of mats for the most used doors is key. One for the outside to wipe your dusty shoes on, and one for the inside to hopefully catch more on your way in. Keeping the front area swept can only help reduce tracking as well.

 

How We Can Help

If you find you want some help keeping up with the dust, or just kick-starting your new dusting plan at home, contact us today!  Tidy Maids serves the Raleigh, NC area and we are more than happy to provide you with a free quote.  Have your home professionally cleaned one time or on the schedule of your choosing:  weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly.  We’ll help manage the dust around your home and you’ll breathe easier and have more time to tend to the things that truly matter.

 

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