The Enemy is DUST!
Dust is my enemy. We are in a war. Who will win?
It appears mysteriously on my glass top tables as a fine mist. It settles on every surface in my house, uninvited! It is an unwelcome guest and one that perpetually knocks on my door. I try to ignore it, but it announces its presence each morning with the early morning sunbeams. Certain times of the year seem to usher it in more readily and cause even bigger battles, like the oak tree pollen currently falling from the trees that literally surround my home. Heavy Spring breezes spew the dust inside with no effort. Time to get out the arsenal of weapons to win the war.
I have years of experience fighting this war! My resume should read Dust Warrior, thirty five years of hands-on battle experience. Over many years, I have tried a variety of tactics in an attempt to eliminate the pesty residue for the greatest length of time. Each time I am faced with the urge to rid my house of this sneaky enemy, I am forced to re-evaluate my tactics. They are not working! Here I am again!
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How to Fight The Battle
My arsenal of weapons are numerous. I often use a dusting spray and cloth on wood surfaces which is effective and makes the house smell fresh and clean. As an alternative, I use a dry dust cloth, like the Swiffler Cloths. These are quick and easy to use and can be used on a variety of surfaces.
In addition, my glass table tops are most often cleaned with a glass cleaner. The kitchen is regularly swept and regularly mopped with a disinfectant. A floor shine product keeps it looking shiny and clean. Counter tops in the kitchen and bathrooms are cleaned with glass cleaners or soft scrub cleaners. Window blinds are wiped with a dry dust cloth to keep the residue down to a minimum. Since I despise cleaning window blinds, the dust collects and forms a sticky surface. To clean this residue off of the slats, I use a window cleaner spray and cloth to wipe them down. Ceiling fans and chandeliers are cleaned with a long handled feather duster and/or a dry dust cloth. Don't forget that the vacuum cleaner is an essential tool for this battle!
Dust Your Walls and Doors
We all have dust on our furniture to contend with and walls, floorboards and doors are no different. Bathroom walls collects hair and other debris as well as other locations in your home that gather general dust. As I was dusting my kitchen floor this morning with a Swiffler dry cloth after a kitchen disaster, it occurred to me to use the long handled sweeper and dry cloth for the walls, especially near the airconditioning vents. I was so excited to see that it was a quick and easy means of wiping down the walls and baseboards. Not only did I dust the walls, but also quickly dusted the sides of some of my larger furniture. The walls next to the bathroom sink where I dry my hair with a blow dryer every other day can be difficult to keep clean. I dusted the walls and nearby doors to remove any hair or dust. It was a quick and successful task. I am sold on this method of dust removal.
Don't forget to add a new cloth when the dusting cloth becomes too dirty to use.
I won't be dusting walls and doors as often as I dust my furniture, but will use this additional method of attacking dust in my Spring and Fall cleaning.
It's A Regular Battle
I fight the battle with dust on a regular basis. Every two weeks or three weeks, I gather the implements of war to fight. When I become tired and overwhelmed with the task before me, I just picture my mansion in heaven where there will be no more battles. I hear that the streets of heaven are paved with gold! Does that mean that there will be gold dust to contend with - definitely food for thought!