How to dust the house (without missing anything)

House covered in more dust than an ancient tomb? It's fine – here's how to explore-by-dusting

Man dusting his house with a duster

Dust bunnies aren’t as cute as they sound. If you don’t wipe dust away regularly, potential problems could emerge – especially dust that clings to hard-to-reach places and forgotten areas. If you don’t know how to reduce dust in a room it can start to look dirty, scratch furniture, fixtures and fittings, and even can be harmful to people with breathing problems and allergies. So, grab your cleaning kit, here are the best ways to dust around your home!

How often should you dust?

Before we get onto our top tips, let’s answer the question on everyone’s lips: how often should you dust? The main thing to consider is whether or not you have someone in your home with allergies or a breathing condition. If you do, you’ll need to wipe dust away every one to two weeks.

If you don’t have any sufferers, you’ll still need to be cleaning dust every couple of weeks from electronics, furniture and other places where it loves to collect. But you could leave other areas for up to a month, depending on how much it bothers you.

How to clean dust: Your easy dusting plan

1. Get your kit ready before you start cleaning dust

If you’re thinking about how to dust, the best way to start is to get together everything you might need before starting. Dusting often requires little more than a microfiber cloth, especially for a thin layer, however if the dust has set in, you’re going to want to soak your cloth in warm water. In addition, you might like to get your furniture polish ready and line up your vacuum for a thorough finishing clean.

2. Cleaning dust the right way

Want to know the best way to dust? There two rules to always remember:

  • Work from top to bottom
  • Move around the room systematically

Working from top to bottom means that you’ll always be knocking dust onto surfaces below, which you can then remove with further dusting or vacuum cleaning. Also, for maximum efficiency, focus on an entire section of a room (top to bottom) before circling round. Start in the corners of the ceiling and dust down to the baseboards. Don’t forget to remove dust on the walls as you go.


Plenty Kitchen Towels are another great addition to your easy dusting kit – they’re strong when wet and ideal for picking up dust in hard-to-reach dusty corners.

3. How to reduce dust in a room? Focus on forgotten areas

There are a number of areas and items that attract dust but all too easily get overlooked. Here are a few that we all need a reminder to look at:

  • Shelves. When you’re working top to bottom as you remove dust on the walls, clear items from shelves and give them a good dusting too
  • Picture frames. Wipe dust not just from the top of your frame but on the sides and front too
  • Behind appliances. Just because you probably can’t see it, dust will no doubt be forming anywhere it’s got room behind your appliances
  • Soft toys. A lot of soft toys give off static, which dust just loves to cling to, so if you have little ones (or not-so-little-ones partial to a cuddly toy) make sure you check teddies on a regular basis
  • Vents and fans. While you can use your duster to get into your vent or fan, the soft brush attachment on your vacuum cleaner will probably do a better job
  • Under beds. It’s important to know how to dust under the bed correctly consider how much of our lives we spend there. Pull the bed out, give it a good vacuum and wipe around skirting boards

There you have it, how to clean dust wherever it might be in your house. Grab your dusting kit (and your Plenty Kitchen Towels to catch those inevitable sneezes that dusting brings on) and get cracking!

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