Ever swiped your finger across a random surface and surprised by how much dust has accumulated? Dusting every surface and corner becomes a tedious task the bigger the space you're dealing with. Fortunately, you have dusting tools to help with your dust elimination mission.
We've compiled a list of some of the best dusting tools, such as OXO's Good Grips Microfiber Hand Duster, a versatile tool compatible with many surface types. We've also attached a buying guide to help you pick out the right dusting tool for your cleaning needs.
Whether it's the ceiling fan, window blinds, floors or the inside of a computer, there's a dusting tool you can use to achieve a clean home or work station and keep allergens down. Here are some of the best choices you have.
|Handle length||7 in.|
|Dimensions||1 x 4 x 18 in.|
|Ideal for||Furniture, appliances, windows, tight spaces|
|Dusting material||Cotton flannel|
|Dimensions||14 x 18 in.|
|Ideal for||Furniture, appliances, blinds, vehicle interior, glass, wall|
|Handle length||34 to 59 in.|
|Dimensions||Mop head: 11 x 18 in.|
|Ideal for||Floors, walls|
|Dusting material||Ostrich feather|
|Handle length||7 in.|
|Dimensions||15 in. long overall, about 4 in. wide|
|Ideal for||Furniture, vehicle interior|
|Dimensions||One size fits all|
|Ideal for||Furniture, appliances, blinds, windows|
5 dusters, 1 handle
|Handle length||6 in.|
|Dimensions||Head: 6 x 4 in.|
|Ideal for||Furniture, blinds, tight spaces|
|Dusting material||Compressed air|
|Dimensions||10 oz. each|
|Ideal for||Tight spaces, electronics|
|Handle length||5.5 in.|
|Dimensions||Each blade 3 x 1.25 in.|
|Ideal for||Curved blinds|
|Dusting material||Vacuum, compressed air|
|Handle length||Not provided|
|Dimensions||2.5 x 2.5 x 8 in.|
|Ideal for||Tight spaces, vehicle interior, electronics|
|Handle length||26 in.|
|Dimensions||Brush head 15 in.|
|Ideal for||Vehicle exterior|
The Original California Car Duster
Good Grips Microfiber Hand Duster
Natural Black Ostrich Feather Duster
High Performance Microfiber Dusting Glove
Short Handle 180 Duster Starter Kit
Window Blind Duster Brush
Cordless Compressed Air Duster
Standard Car Duster
A Flexible and Versatile Duster
Treated Cotton Cloth for Sensitive Surfaces
All-Wool Dry Mop With a Telescopic Handle
A Traditional Feather Duster
Obtain Full Control With a Dusting Glove
Multi-Surface, Refillable Dusters
Get Dust off of Sensitive and Moisture-Phobic Items
Access Those Tricky Blinds Efficiently
A Two-in-One Device That Leaves Dust Nowhere to Go
Protect Your Car's Paint Job and Keep the Exterior Clean
|Dusting material||Microfiber||Cotton flannel||Wool||Ostrich feather||Microfiber||Microfiber||Compressed air||Microfiber||Vacuum, compressed air||Cotton|
|Handle length||7 in.||N/A||34 to 59 in.||7 in.||N/A||6 in.||N/A||5.5 in.||Not provided||26 in.|
|Dimensions||1 x 4 x 18 in.||14 x 18 in.||Mop head: 11 x 18 in.||15 in. long overall, about 4 in. wide||One size fits all||Head: 6 x 4 in.||10 oz. each||Each blade 3 x 1.25 in.||2.5 x 2.5 x 8 in.||Brush head 15 in.|
|Ideal for||Furniture, appliances, windows, tight spaces||Furniture, appliances, blinds, vehicle interior, glass, wall||Floors, walls||Furniture, vehicle interior||Furniture, appliances, blinds, windows||Furniture, blinds, tight spaces||Tight spaces, electronics||Curved blinds||Tight spaces, vehicle interior, electronics||Vehicle exterior|
At a loss as to which dusting tool to get? You want something efficient, a tool that will pull up dust and trap it in instead of letting it fly all over the place with every swipe. The following buying guide will expound on the types of dusting tools and features to look out for.
Dust accumulates in every nook and cranny, so you must also be equipped with the right tool to access its hiding spots. There are tools with a telescopic or adjustable handle to reach the ceiling or high areas. You also can find dusting tools with bendable necks to access areas beneath or behind furniture, or at any angle.
Meanwhile, you can consider those with a specific shape to address a particular target, such as thin strips of cloth which get in between hard-to-clean areas like blinds. For bigger empty spaces like walls, we recommend broader dusting tools to cover more ground efficiently.
When considering a particular dusting tool, you can also look at the handle design to determine whether it's comfortable to use, especially for hard-to-reach areas. The handle should be long enough to hold comfortably and not small or slippery because dropping a duster can cause the particles to dislodge and spread around the room.
With that said, it's ideal to have a combination of these tools to help you clean efficiently to address all areas where dust settles.
Now for the most important feature of a dusting tool: the cloth or material that does the work of attracting and trapping dust. You have a few choices, each one with its advantages and drawbacks.
Feather dusters are a traditional dusting tool used for generations. These are made from various animal feathers, such as goose and ostrich, and are great for dusting delicate surfaces with minimal scratching.
Today, some are made with synthetic materials that mimic a feather. Feather dusters made with ostrich down are the best kind as they do not disintegrate easily and are less likely to scratch surfaces.
The main downside of a feather duster is the chance of low-quality ones to shed feathers and spread the dust around instead of trapping it. This may be a problem if you have allergies, as it could lead to sinus irritation. You also cannot use them on rough wood or masonry as the feathers can get caught in the uneven surface and tear.
The upgraded version of the feather duster is the lambswool duster, which has natural lanolin oils. The combination creates static electricity making the material effective in attracting and trapping dust.
Microfiber is known to be soft and gentle on surfaces such as computer screens and stainless-steel equipment because of the thousands of tiny threads it's made of. You can use it dry or semi-damp and it will trap dust in the grooved surface. You also don't need a cleaning solution to make the cloth efficient in attracting dust.
If you're looking for a pre-treated tool, some dusting cloths are specially treated with furniture polish to make them more efficient in grabbing and holding onto dust while leaving the surface clean.
Instead of swiping dust around, you can opt for vacuuming it. There are handheld dust vacuums with separate attachments like a lambswool duster, making them even more effective in trapping dust.
Dusting by vacuuming is recommended for those with severe dust allergies because it limits the particles from being blown into the air.
You can also find disposable electrostatic cloths which use static electricity to attract and hold particles. You don’t need to moisten the fabric to make it work. These are extra effective in trapping and locking in dust particles.
If you’re working with objects that can’t handle moisture, static, or pressure such as electronic equipment and wiring with tight spaces, you can use a can of compressed air instead of trying to trap dust.
Whether it’s a keyboard, CPU, or any other object with crevices, the can will release focused amounts of air and dislodge dust and debris. You can then wipe the area where they settle. You can even find handheld devices that can vacuum and release compressed air, giving you a two-in-one cleaning option.
With all of the dusting tools mentioned above, you might be wondering if your cleaning closet will be filled with various tools for each specific task. You don’t need to purchase one of each as some are versatile, like the two-in-one vacuum or microfiber cloth.
We recommend tackling the decision based on your target space. Have a dusting cloth for your workstation and smaller areas, one larger dusting tool for cleaning wide areas, and an extendable one for high or hard-to-reach spots.
Take a look at the reusability of the product as well. For example, feather or lambswool dusters aren’t washable, so you will need to pluck the collected dust or shake it off outside. A workaround would be to wrap a duster with a microfiber cloth. This way, you can have increased dust-attracting powers, without getting the main duster dirty.
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