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5 Cleaning Tools That Get Rid of Dust

Say goodbye to a dusty home with these tried-and-tested tools

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Photography: Kurt Alvarez (Main Photo)

No matter how much time and effort we put into keeping our homes tidy, it seems that build-up of dust on furniture and décor is inescapable. Not only is it an eyesore; dust also poses threats to our health, making it absolutely necessary to keep it at bay. Fortunately, there are plenty of affordable, accessible tools that we can use to keep our spaces clean and healthy.


Microfiber cloth

Microfiber cloths are able to attract and hold dust without releasing it back into the air, making them incredibly efficient for cleaning. At the same time, these can be used on a wide variety of surfaces—from screens of electronic devices to wooden furniture—without leaving behind any scratches, and do not need to be dampened or doused in cleaning solutions before usage. It is also very easy to clean a microfiber cloth: just soak it in warm water and agitate the dirt out of it using your hands, then let it air-dry. You can buy microfiber cloth at most supermarkets and at True Value. 

READ: These Products Can Keep Your Home Looking Brand New

Feather duster

Though not as good in holding dust, feather dusters are also very efficient cleaning tools, as they can reach into small corners and crevices. Feather dusters can be used in dusting shelves and tables, but not wooden and steel surfaces, as the feathers can leave behind scratches. To clean a feather duster, just bring it outdoors, and then shake off the dust.

Vacuum cleaner

Vacuum cleaners, especially those with good filtration systems, are able to collect and contain dust efficiently, therefore cleaning various surfaces at home extremely well. Most vacuum cleaners contain parts that can be detached from one another, with each part able to clean a specific area or piece of furniture in the home. After using, make sure to throw out the dust inside the vacuum canister and to clean out the hose and the filters as well. Want an extra-powerful vacuum cleaner? Get one with a Carbon Fibre filter. 

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READ: How To Vacuum Your Home Properly


Dust mop

There’s a reason why you should always mop your floors after sweeping—dust mops are able to collect particles of dust that your broom may not have been able to. To clean a dust mop, you can simply shake off the dust it has collected, or if necessary, soak the mop head in hot water, rinse, then hang to dry.

Paintbrush

Good old paintbrushes are not only for paint jobs; they can also be good tools in collecting dust that may have accumulated in small, cramped spaces in the home, as well as in intricately-designed decor. Make sure to use a brush that has soft bristles, and to separate the brushes you use for cleaning from those you use for painting.

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