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Why and what should I dust?

One easy way to keep your home looking cleaner and newer for longer is by dusting regularly. Dust may seem harmless but over time it accumulates and makes surfaces look dingy and dirty. The worst part is that if you don’t dust regularly it actually hardens and creates a layer of dirt which then you need to put in a lot of effort when cleaning ( I’m talking lots of products and elbow grease). Also… did you know that dust is comprised of tiny particles such as dry, dead skin particles.  Now imagine that around your home. Yuk!
The good news is that just a few minutes a week can keep the dust at bay and your home looking great :). So get that duster out and let’s get to work.

Here are a few areas to dust:

  1.  Baseboards. These are the white borders at the bottom of your wall. They are mostly decorative but over time can attract dust. This dust, if not dealt with becomes darker and sticks to the surface, making the baseboards look old and filthy. Fortunately, they are super easy to reach and clean with an extendable handle.
  2. Light fixtures. Oh, the amount of dust I have seen collected on these poor, neglected lamps. These could be the bathroom light fixtures (or even just the light bulbs themselves), or lamps around the house. A quick swipe on the top of the light fixture once a week will do the trick.
  3. Blinds. Remember I told you about the dust building up and then becoming hard to clean? Case and point with blinds. Dusting your blinds quickly with a downward motion while they are closed will do the trick. It will also save you hours of wiping down every single piece later on when the dust becomes hard and sticks to them.
  4. Mirrors and windows. You don’t always need to spray Windex to clean glass surfaces. Dust accumulates here just as much as any surface. I can get away with not wiping down my bigger mirrors for weeks at a time just by using this technique.
  5. Electronics. Printers, computers, TVs. Keeping dust off them will not only keep them looking shiny and new but will also help them function better for longer. 

In the end, it’s all about a cleaner home that is as close to effortless as possible.

Dusting checklist

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