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wonderwoo Sat 17-Dec-16 19:28:03

This is what my life has come to: starting a thread about dusting on a Saturday night!

Nonetheless its something that really bugs me - if I am going to make the effort to dust, I at least want it to look nice for a while. At the moment, I dust one day and by the next, it looks so dusty again. Has anyone got any advice on how to actually do it properly?

I use microfibre cloths, and have tried using them both dry and damp (not sure which is best) - and either way, I still find they move dust around more than they pick up. They were cheap ones off Amazon, so maybe that is why they don't work too well? I handwash them afterwards but can I just stick them in the washing machine with my clothes, or will fabric conditioner make them not work properly?

So if anyone actually manages to keep dust away, please can you enlighten me on the best way.

Manumission Sat 17-Dec-16 19:33:23

Hoover and empty bins first. Then damp dust top to bottom.

ImprovisingNow Sat 17-Dec-16 19:58:25

You need pledge dusters available from all supermarkets. They pick up more dust than cloths and as a bonus it is way quicker to dust with them.

PinkSwimGoggles Sat 17-Dec-16 20:03:56

yep. hoover first. hoover up in the corners as well.
then damp dust: warm water, squirt of washing up liquid & sponge cloth.
I use 2 in turns. squeeze out as much water as you can.
loud funky music is obligatory.

gamerchick Sat 17-Dec-16 20:05:26

Baby wipes.

RavioliOnToast Sat 17-Dec-16 20:38:42

Also baby wipes here. Or these duster wipes from wilkinsons smell divine!

wonderwoo Sun 18-Dec-16 13:57:17

Hoover first you say? Interesting, will give that a go. Also will try the other tips. For those who damp dust, do you damp dust wooden furniture and if so, do you run a dry cloth over to dry it afterwards?

Yes, and loud funky music definitely helps!


wonderwoo Sun 18-Dec-16 13:57:47

Than = thanks

wonderwoo Sun 18-Dec-16 13:58:21

Argh. Thab = thanks that should be. Bloody hell.

PinkiePiesCupcakes Sun 18-Dec-16 14:06:51

I'm different.

Duster, a pink fluffy one.
Bottle of 50/50 Zoflora an water mix.
Spritz the duster nd wipe over surfaces.
Hoover after.

PinkSwimGoggles Sun 18-Dec-16 14:07:49

no drying afterwards. the damp cloth doesn't leave the item wet iyswim and the water evaporates more or less straight away.
imo wet wipes are too wet imo and leave a slimy film. not to mention they are wasteful...

wowfudge Sun 18-Dec-16 14:09:43

I would also hoover after dusting - dust from surfaces gets onto the floor even if you are damp dusting.

adagio Sun 18-Dec-16 14:10:23

Pledge duster cloths. Been using them since they first came out and they are sooooo much better than any other method.
I Hoover last personally,

e1y1 Tue 20-Dec-16 19:57:20

Damp dusting is definitely better - it makes the dust "cling" to the cloth as opposed to just "stirring" it up.

However, I find that unless I use a good quality all purpose polish (Pledge or Mr Sheen), then dust does show up much quicker again.

Supermarket/own brand polishes do a perfectly adequate job of doing the dusting, however, the don't keep the dust away anywhere near as long as the branded ones.

e1y1 Tue 20-Dec-16 19:59:02


queenofthebucket Tue 20-Dec-16 20:28:37

i use the small soft brush attachment to hoover everything first. then damp dust with the economy blue j-cloths. then polish.

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