When we vacuum or dust our house, I’ve found that we never actually complete as quickly as we would want. I discovered that some dust particles were remaining on the floor as a result.
And it’s as if we never seem to vacuum or dust the house thoroughly, what should be a short clean ends up taking up the majority of our time.
So, as an expert in dust cleaning, I was able to determine what was wrong. To do this, I first needed to understand how the vacuum kicks up dust and what is the quickest way to clean our home by understanding whether I should dust or vacuum first.
And if you’re like most people, it’s easy to get stuck in the same routine every day. There are lots of things you do to keep your home clean, but not everything can be done at once especially when you have to choose between dusting or vacuuming first.
In this article, we’ll discuss some tips and dive deep into the topic over whether you should vacuum or dust first.
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What are the guidelines you need to know?
If you’re cleaning your home and wondering whether should I dust or vacuum first, the answer will depend on what surfaces you’re cleaning and the time of day that you have to clean. The dust stays on the floor when we dust first, as I’ve noticed, so the first thing to remember is to allow the dust settle on the floor before vacuuming it up after dusting. This is absolutely amazing and works!
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Here are some guidelines that will help you decide which task comes first.
Which takes longer – Vacuuming or Dusting?
Many people believe that it takes longer to vacuum than it does to dust. However, this is not necessarily true. Depending on what type of vacuum you have and how much furniture needs to be moved around, vacuuming may take less time than dusting.
You should also take into account what kind of flooring you have and whether or not it has rugs on top.
If your floors are wood, linoleum, marble, or tile without any rugs, then you will likely find that it takes longer to vacuum than it does to dust.
If your floors are carpeted with a rug over them, then the opposite might be true because of the rug. If your floors are carpeted without a rug over them, then both methods will probably take about the same amount of time.
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What vacuuming or dusting can do?
There are a lot of benefits to vacuuming over dusting. Vacuuming picks up dirt and other debris that might have fallen on your floor and carpet, preventing these particles from kicking up again and getting into your carpet, clothes, furniture, etc.
It also distributes the fibers in your carpet in a more even way than just straight-up dusting. On top of this, vacuuming is generally more time efficient than dusting. because it gets the job done in one go.
If you’re going to vacuum first, you can either choose to use your upright vacuum cleaner for carpets and rugs or an electric broom for hardwood floors. If you’re going to dust first, use a microfiber cloth if possible because it doesn’t leave any visible residue when you clean.
Spills, Muddy Shoes, and Heavy Traffic Areas
Vacuuming before dusting is a great way to keep your home spick and span.
However, if you have light carpets or other delicate surfaces, your best bet is always going to be dusting first.
I recommend doing so for spills, muddy shoes, and heavy traffic areas that can affect surfaces that might not withstand excessive vacuum cleaner power. In general, vacuuming first will help to remove the excess dirt in your carpet fibers.
When to clean which type of surface?
If your floor is carpeted, you want to vacuum first and then dust the rest of the room. If your floor is tiled, ceramic, concrete, vinyl, or something similar, then it’s best to dust first and vacuum afterward.
I recommend using a microfiber cloth for dusting furniture and hard surfaces and a feather duster for dusting bookshelves and other hard-to-reach places.
Never use these products on delicate fabrics because they will ruin them.
Is there an ideal order for cleaning surfaces at home?
As mentioned by all expert cleaners – ideally, you should do all of your dusting before you start any vacuuming.
Because of the way the vacuum operates, all of the dust you dusted from top surfaces like your window screens, TV stand, computer tables, and other top surfaces gets kicked up to your floors by your vacuum. Therefore, it follows that dusting must be done before vacuuming.
However, when it comes down to it, the most important thing is that you get both done and make sure to get them done often. 🙂
Our recommended cleaning tips to get done faster
1. You should always start with a dirty room first so that you’re not constantly moving from one mess to another when you clean.
2. When it comes to bathrooms, it is typically advisable that they be swept up instead of vacuumed due to all of the potential hazards involved in both approaches.
3. Be sure and get right into corners and other hard-to-reach areas before dusting because these are notorious spots for hiding dirt, hair, and food crumbs.
4. Before you begin any type of cleaning, don’t forget to put on protective gear such as gloves and masks.
5. There are plenty of tricks and tips out there to help save time while cleaning such as using baking soda or vinegar to deodorize surfaces.