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Dust is a major problem in Arizona. It used to feel like a full time job fighting dust in our house. With several severe allergy sufferers it could get out of control quickly. With Pledge® on my hip and armed with some easy cleaning tips, even the biggest dust storm is no match for me. No one has time to clean for hours on end. At the same time, with our allergies, we can’t afford to let the dust build up. My home is a little scattered, but for me it’s all about family. I display ceramics my kids made, lots of family photos, and things my grandmothers and great-grandmothers handed down. It may not be trendy, but it is a true reflection of me and my family. Not only do I want to take care of the dust, but also protect these items and make them shine.
Five Steps to Bust Dust *For Allergies
- Divide your home into five sections, one for each day of the week. I like to start at the front door and work my way to the back door. **Note: Divide in sections and days that work best for you. Consistency is key. I found smaller sections and more days allowed me to dust every surface. It never takes me more than 15 minutes. I suggest you blast some music and jam out. Then we can call it exercise, too.
- Identify the surfaces that get the most dust build up and need the most attention. Note: if they are wood, glass, marble, electronics, synthetic, etc. When I went to Fry’s to create my Dust Busting Kit, I made sure I had the correct Pledge® products for my household.
- Create a Dust Busting Kit: Soft rags, the best Pledge® products for your household, and some type of carrying case. I found a shower caddy that I liked.
A cleaning caddy or bucket would work fine. Make sure you have one rag per Pledge® canister. *Note: I prefer soft rags but will use paper towels on hard surfaces like glass and marble.
- Now you are ready to get rid of the dust, start at one end of the room and dust every surface. Every knick-knack, mirror, picture frame, door, blinds, window, desk, sink, shelf, washer/dryer etc. You get the picture. Clean all the things that are important and special to you and your family. Also, I use an old sock over my hand to wipe blinds.
- At the end of each week wash your rags. Make sure you have enough Pledge® for next week and then repeat the following week.
Some might say this is excessive and think that running a feather or other synthetic duster over everything is enough, but all that does is move the dust around. The dust will just get kicked up and settle elsewhere. With Pledge®, you are kissing that dust goodbye. You’d be surprised at how much relief we have had from allergy flare-ups since I started this method. When you split up your rooms, don’t forget the laundry room, bathrooms, and hallways too.
Top Spots where dust likes to build up and hide:
- Decorative doors in the cut out creases
- Fan blades
- Back of toilet
- Window blinds of all sorts & window sill
- Tops of picture frames
- Crown molding & baseboards
Don’t let these spots fill up to the point that you have to scrub them for days to get rid of all the built up dust and grime. Nobody has time for that. Pledge® Orange Clean Furniture Spray and Pledge® Lemon Wipes contain Allergen Trappers® which traps up to 90% of allergens in dust. That’s amazing and what attracted me to this product. Good old Mom brought me some for a housewarming gift just a few months ago. I’ve been hooked ever since. A quick and easy wipe down and you’re done. I’ve always used Pledge® to condition my furniture. Now I use it everywhere to clean, protect, and condition my treasures. A triple bonus.
My entry has tile floors, glass, wood/metal/ceramic frames and glass. Now when friends and family come over, I am excited to see them and for them to see my home.
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Want to see my embarrassing dust? Check out the photos below. Where does your dust hide? Have any good cleaning tips?