We all hate dusting—and I call it “undusting.” Even the clothes dryer with its external filter and internal machine filter still sends dust throughout our homes via the air ducts for our furnace and air conditioner. You will want to clean your duster, whatever type(s) you use.
Whether you use a vacuum attachment duster brush, a cloth, a microfiber extendable duster, such as the red one in the picture above, or a feather duster, all can be cleaned to be used again and again.
Whatever you use, it’s practical and logical to clean your duster so that you don’t keep spreading the previous dust all over the place.
Here are my guidelines for cleaning your duster types:
Clean Vacuum Attachment Duster Brush
The brush bristles are usually made of horsehair. Take a comb and pull out any hair, pet hair, lint, and spider webs.
Then wash the vacuum duster brush in cool water adding liquid dish detergent. Bump it gently against the sink to remove excess water.
Allow it to air dry or sit on a towel on your counter to completely dry.
Clean Cloth Dusters
Microfiber cloth dusters are good for everything from boats and cars to your finest furniture. Toss in the washing machine when dirty then into the dryer and use many times again.
Clean Microfiber Extendable Duster
The red one in the picture above, extends to clean dust off ceiling fan blades. To clean microfiber dusters when filthy, toss into your washing machine. You can see how the head looks in the picture on the right.
Some extendable dusters heads are not removable and must be beat against something outside like the old dust mops used for years in the 1950s and some are still available today. I have a dust head that’s not removable and I use steel wool for removing stuck on debris.
Clean Feather Duster
Feather dusters are usually made of ostrich feathers. To clean a feather duster, just take it outdoors and shake the dust off, rotate the handle, or take a damp wet white cloth to pull down over the feathers. Be sure to cover your mouth and nose when shaking or twirling the duster.
You can wash feather dusters in detergent and cold water, rinse, and let dry after squeezing out excess moisture with a towel. Also, you can hang it from the shower rod and allow it to drip dry overnight.
If you use a Swiffer® duster, after a few uses, you toss the brush and add a new refill.
The super extender handle starter kit comes with 6 heavy duty duster refills and the handle will extend up to 6-feet for hard-to-reach areas such as corners of the ceiling.
This duster grabs onto dust and dirt including spider webs and is wonderful on ceiling fan blades. It also traps pet dander, dust mites and holds it to remove allergens from your home.
Clean Rainbow Static Duster
To clean a static duster, rinse with cool water or wash with dish soap when dirty. Maintenance is simple, and because it washes clean when necessary, one duster will last for many years.
Do not put the duster head in a washing machine; hand wash only.
How to Clean Duster video.