Dust! Grease! Argh!(5 Posts)
Where does all the dust come from? There are 2 adults, 2 kids and 1 cat. I could dust every day and it wouldn't be enough - I can dust in the morning and there will be a fine layer by bedtime Obviously the cat is a problem as he's currently shedding his winter coat but this was a problem before we even had him. I've done damp dusting for the last few months and it's really helped, but is there any other way to cut down on dust? If you don't dust/Hoover under or behind furniture for a couple of weeks it's awful
We just painted our kitchen last week which involved hauling everything on the counters out and giving the walls and behind appliances a good clean and it was grim. (It's a rental, with original 1970s kitchen and some of the grime must be 40 years old <vom> ) The top of the door was covered in a kind of sticky dust (I'd been dusting it but hadn't touched it so hadn't noticed), as was a lot of the big stuff that we never move. Possibly a mix of dust and moisture, as there's no extractor fan in the kitchen. We've cleaned it with hot soapy water but everything still feels sticky to the touch. What's the best cleaning stuff to get rid of the sticky bits and how do I stop it happening? I've lived in plenty of rentals before but I've never had this problem before
Thanks for any advice, this house is making me a slattern!
Have you tried Sugar Soap, you can get it in an aerosol bottle from the home decorating bit of supermarkets/Wilko etc. Use with hot water and scrub, scrub, scrub!
Wd40 for stubborn greasy dust on plug sockets etc.
Agree with Perfect about sugar soap. What you've got is a film of grease to which dust has stuck. I use sugar soap in a trigger spray. It really makes light work of cleaning a kitchen. Just spray it on and use a damp cloth to wipe down. Wear rubber gloves though - it's hard on the hands.
Greasy kitchen dust - best thing to get rid of is bicarb.
Dab a damp cloth into dry bicarb and wipe it off (You'll probably need to dump the cloth/use disposable ones -as they get all greasy sticky)
I had to clean years of greasy dusty grime from the top of kitchen cupboards once and tried everything - neat washing up liquid, sprays etc etc - it was vile but the bicarb was miraculous (Apparently works on nicotine stained walls etc too).
Actually just googled sugar soap and it is also alkaline (based n washing soda or Sodium hydroxide) ...
As for dust - I think it is in your atmosphere ...definitely damp dusting will help in the long run.
Also has your hoover got a decent dust filter on it? If it hasn't it could just be sucking it up and spreading it around... And does it have decent suction -is it pulling all the dust out the carpets? Or maybe disturbing old dust that the previous tenants hoover wasn't powerful enough to disturb...
I use my (cylinder) vac dusting brush attachment and that is (I think) even better than damp dusting. But it has got a hepa grade filter.
And disturbing things - redecorating the kitchen - will make the house dustier for a while - I found the same after I paint the walls in the living room - and I hoovered dusted behind eg the big storage cupboards etc as I went along and damp dusted but still eg the loo upstairs gained a fine coating of dust - I dusted it and it appeared again a day or so later ...faster than normal. Just done it again and hopefully it is now back to normal.
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