Dusting Made Easy — The Ultimate Dusting Checklist & Tips

dusting_blogpicWhen it comes to keeping a clean home, many of us often begin cleaning in the area we feel is most dirty. We’re drawn to the areas where we can see the grime because it’s an eye sore. But what about the areas that we don’t notice—like above the refrigerator or underneath the bed? These areas may not be seen or noticed as often as the kitchen counter, so they can easily become the most dirty and neglected parts of our home. 

Dust accumulates in the areas with the least amount of traffic and hard-to-reach places. Dusting is an important part of a thorough cleaning routine and can significantly reduce the risk of health complications such as allergies and asthma. Many people choose not to dust because it is difficult to reach all of the places it accumulates, and it can also be tough to remember all the areas that need dusting.

To help fellow home owners dust more effectively, we’ve made a comprehensive checklist of areas to include in your dusting routine, along with helpful tips to make dusting a breeze.


The List:dustbunnies

  • Underneath the Beds
  • Light Fixtures & Ceiling Fans
  • Walls & Corners
  • Window Sills
  • Shelves & Decorations
  • Lamps & Lampshades
  • Baseboards & Door Frames
  • Plants
  • Heater & Exhaust Vents
  • Appliances
  • Electrical Cords
  • Curtains
  • Tables & Chairs


Quick Dusting Tips

Always Dust from Top to Bottom. If you begin dusting on the bottom shelf and work your way upward, you’re creating much more work for yourself! A good rule of thumb to keep in mind is to always dust beginning at the top and work your way to the bottom. This applies to the entire home! For example, begin with ceiling fans and light fixtures, then the walls and door frames, then the baseboards, then vacuum the floor.

Ceiling Fans & Light Fixtures—Use a bendable duster with a long handle to reach the ceiling fan and high-up light fixtures. These can be had for a reasonable price at your local home improvement store and really make dusting easy! It’s an investment you won’t regret. Not only do bendable dusters eliminate the need for a dangerous step ladder, but they can also be machine washed.

Underneath Beds—If you have a bed that is raised off the ground, you can bet there will be lots of dust bunnies hanging out down there! If the flooring is carpet, simply use a vacuum with a HEPA filter to take care of the dust bunnies. If you have wood, tile, or other types of hard flooring, start with a dry dust mop. You may need to follow by using a wet mop if it’s really bad, but it’ll be sparkling clean afterward.

Walls, Corners, Baseboards & Door frames—A quick and easy way to get your walls, baseboards, corners, and door frames clean of dust and cob webs begins with a mop. Take the end off of your mop and set it aside; we’ll only be needing the pole for this job. Next, get an old knee-high sock and slide it over the end of the pole. Use this to dust these hard-to-reach areas without straining your back! A microfiber cloth secured with a rubber band will work even better, if available. For the walls, use that old sock or microfiber cloth over a flat head mop (think Swiffer) with some water. Clean in a ‘W’ pattern to ensure you get all areas. Should you run into any cobwebs with loads of spider eggs, we recommend using a vacuum to take care of them. The last thing we want is to spread a bunch of baby spiders around the house!

Heater & Exhaust Vents—Heater and exhaust vents are easily one of the dustiest places in your home, if not properly cleaned on a regular basis. The angled vents can make for a tough dusting job, but it doesn’t have to be. Next time you whip out the vacuum, grab the attachment with a brush on it. You know, the one you probably never use? Now you have a use for it! Just run it over the vents with the vacuum on and it’s a job well done.

Decorations—Many decorations are breakable and, as such, are tough to clean. The beautiful vases and trinkets are often the most time consuming, requiring attention to detail and delicate dusting. A quick way to take care of dusting these items is by using a small paint brush that has been lightly dampened with water. The paint brush is easy to maneuver, ensuring you get every inch of dust, and is gentle on fragile items.

Use Microfiber Cloths. Microfiber cloths were made for cleaning. If you don’t have them, get them! Dusting with a paper towel or standard cloth rag is just creating more work for yourself. The microfiber cloth isn’t just any old rag—it actually uses static charges to attract dust, making for a much easier cleaning job while other cloths just push the dust around. If you are in a bind and don’t have microfiber cloths, a dryer sheet can do the trick as well.


Of course, if you aren’t much of a house keeper yourself, you can always call us here at Universal Cleaning Company and we’ll clean every inch of your home or office space! We use all-natural cleaning solutions for the safety of your children and pets, verify a clean criminal record for every employee and can clean your home on a one-time or recurring basis.

If you live in the Flower Mound or Denton County, Texas area and would like to schedule an appointment or receive a free quote, give us a call at (940) 735-6672 or click the ‘Schedule Now’ button below.


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