Dusting is one of those cleaning tasks we put off repeatedly, along with cleaning out the bin. According to Kim Woodburn, famous for her work on How Clean Is Your House? and her pillar box red nails, we're making the job way harder than it needs to be.
When we spoke to the cleaning pro recently, she shared a common dusting mistake and how to avoid it. She says that wetting your duster before you begin makes all the difference, cutting the time spent doing chores.
Along with arming ourselves with the best cleaning products, we'll be following her expert tips and tricks.
Kim Woodburn dusting mistake
'Well, my loves, if you have a lot of dust don’t just go at it with my feather-ish duster. It will be everywhere – in your hair, dropping to the floor and you’ll have a right old mess,' she cautions.
'Take your hand, pop it under the tap and wet it, then run your wet hand along the duster and make it slightly damp.' Kim Woodburn suggests dusting over the area with the dam duster, and it will pick up the dust without it spreading.
And when you're done? 'Leave the duster to dry and then shake it off in your garden and you're good to use again,' Kim Woodburn says.
We reckon this technique will make the fiddly task of cleaning Venetian blinds a little less painful. Plus, as the weather warms up and we leave windows and doors open, our homes can get dustier with pollen and other bits making their way indoors.
So whether you're dusting your bookshelves, coffee table, light fixtures, or appliances, remember to quickly dampen your duster first to stop spreading dust everywhere.
If you're ready to update your cleaning supplies, bear in mind that the best vacuum cleaners come with attachments to make dusting quicker, too. Happy cleaning, one and all.
The Kim Woodburn ‘Original Cleaning Queen’ cleaning range is available exclusively from Poundland stores nationwide
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Millie Hurst was Senior Content Editor at Ideal Home from 2020-2022, and is now Section Editor at Homes & Gardens. Before stepping into the world of interiors, she worked as a Senior SEO Editor for News UK in both London and New York. You can usually find her looking up trending terms and finding real-life budget makeovers our readers love. Millie came up with the website's daily dupes article which gives readers ways to curate a stylish home for less.
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