Dust Or Vacuum First?
So…should you dust or vacuum first when cleaning your home? The answer is that you should always dust first and vacuum later.
The reason is simple. When you dust, you’ll find that some of the particles wipe away onto your cloth or duster, but you’ll never get all of the particles. Instead, many of the particles that you make contact with end up going into the air and then settling. These dust particles will then settle on your floors, sofa, bed, or other surfaces.
If you vacuum first and dust later, you’ll find that you miss a lot of the dust in your home.
Firstly – What is dust?
Dust is a combination of small particles that collect in indoor environments. These particles may be made up of a range of things including plant pollen, hair, paper fibres, material fibres, and even skin cells. Dust also collects on your carpets, rugs, and other soft furnishings like your curtains.
Not only does dust make your house look and feel untidy but, more importantly, dust can seriously impact your health.
Tips for dusting
- Dust your home regularly
Let’s be honest – dusting is boring! That said, if you want to keep on top of your home cleaning, you do need to commit to this chore on a regular basis.
If you don’t dust these hard-to-reach areas, expect your home to stay dusty. Every time a door is opened or a gust of wind blows through, the dust from these areas will only shift to more noticeable places in your home.
- Use a microfibre cloth
Buying the right cleaning products is vital when it comes to removing dust from your home. There are many different products on the market, so you may find it hard to choose which are right for you. Microfibre cloths however are game-changers and are fantastic to have around the home.
- Start at the top
The best way to dust is to start at the top and end at the bottom. It might sound obvious, but it’s one of the most time-wasting cleaning mistakes.
For example, if you have wardrobes that tend to collect dust on top of them, that’s the first place that you should focus on. Since dust particles will disperse into the air and then fall down, working your way down will help you to ensure that you get as much of it as possible. Try it!
Tips for vacuuming
- Beware of pet hair!
Do you have a pet? If you’re an animal lover, you need to take extra care when it comes to vacuuming. Pet hair can get caught at the end of your vacuum cleaner, which may mean that your cleaning efforts are completely ineffective. The stray hairs create a barrier that prevents the machine from picking up dust from the floor. As a golden rule, you need to clean your vacuum regularly and remove any hair blockages. Done!
- Clean your vacuum filter regularly
Most vacuum cleaners come with a filter inside them or, in some cases, a bag. How you clean your vacuum will depend largely on the brand that you have. It goes without saying that you should look at the manual for more details. Before you decide to vacuum your home, take a moment to check the filter and ensure that it’s as clean as it can be.
- Vacuuming method
When you’re vacuuming, what approach do you take? Many people make the mistake of simply moving the machine around the floor in random patterns. Sound familiar? Instead of using that method (and missing out entire areas of floor!), you need a method.
The easiest way to do it is to – start at one end of the carpet and vacuum in a straight line. Make a 90-degree turn and repeat. And repeat and repeat! When you’re cleaning, don’t forget to vacuum the skirting boards!