Monday, April 26, 2010

Cleaning tip number 2: Top to Bottom, Room to Room

Whether its your home or whether you are cleaning someone else's, a good rule of thumb is to always work top to bottom completing one room at a time! In my own business, I always start with dusting and follow this rule to insure that I don't miss a thing! If you haven't dusted in a while, be sure to include dusting the ceiling and the walls. Cobwebs, corners, and baseboards are really easy to miss, especially in dim light so also make sure to turn on every light possible!

I've talked about dusting before, and I will again because it is very hard to keep things dust free and it is one of the most common indoor air pollutants! It is also one of the things that people are most commonly allergic too! Thus the war against dust rages on, and in our weapons stock pile, lets consider how to attack it using our new rule -top to bottom, and my favorite tool -the telescopic dusting wand!

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There are many types of dusting wands, but by far my favorite is the static duster with telescoping wand. There are many reason why I choose this type over other types. It is without a doubt the easiest to use, the easiest to clean after use, and the easiest to store. I am a very very sad panda if I ever forget this tool on a job!

Keeping in mind our new rule -clean top to bottom, this tool allows you to easily reach and clean ceilings (especially textured ones), the tops of door jams and window sills, walls, blinds, moulding, the brick of fire places, behind furniture, baseboards, and the crevices of wood. It is great on bookcases and in intricate or textured surfaces. The basic idea when using this tool is to grab and sweep dust off surfaces to ideally land on the floor where it can then be vacuumed up.

I've already highlighted the pros , so let's talk about the cons. It does not remove ALL the dust. Its really pretty impossible to do since the nature of dust is to float around until it settles. It probably grabs about 60% of the dust off a surface with it's "static" qualities. Using this tool, about half the dust will be thrown back into the air but that is keeping in mind that the goal here is to get it off the high places and let it settle to the low places where you can then vacuum or wipe it up.

Another con is if you have allergies, this tool is difficult to use. Since it throws dust back into the air, it will aggravate your sinuses. If you are super sensitive to dust it is best to look into vacuuming dust with an extender hose, wand and brush attachment.

Now that you know the tool, the method, and the details of its abilities, we'll return to the original message which is to always clean from the top to the bottom of a room. If you do this in each room, you will minimize dust, you will be more thorough, and you home or clients will be super happy!

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