Bathrooms are often one of the dustiest rooms in a house, and it can sometimes seem almost impossible to stay on top of dust as it covers the white porcelain-like surfaces and even the walls.
When cleaning a bathroom, dedicating time to dusting first is essential for a clean-looking space – it can even help make a bathroom smell good too. Skip the step, and your bathroom won't look any cleaner than when you started.
Here, professional cleaners have explained why bathrooms get so dusty, and how to prevent dust for a consistently clean space.
How to dust a bathroom
If you’re wondering why your bathroom is the dustiest room in your house, the answer is simply steam, says Kait Schulhof, cleaning expert and founder of A Clean Bee:
‘Hot showers and hot baths create steam in a bathroom. That steam will trap dust in the air caused by hair and skin cells from showering and drying off, and cause it to stick to walls, ceilings, and other surfaces.
‘This is why it can feel like your entire bathroom is covered with dust or grime from floor to ceiling.’
Kait Schulhof is the founder of A Clean Bee, a website about sustainability-focused cleaning and organizing.
1. Always use a microfiber cloth
When removing dust in your home, you should always start with a microfiber cloth, suggests Ryan Knoll, cleaning expert and founder of Tidy Casa. These are not only superior in picking up fine dust and debris, but you can wash microfiber cloths and use them time and time again – unlike a feather duster, which usually has a very limited lifespan, he explains.
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Ryan Knoll is the CEO and founder of Tidy Casa, a cleaning service that now spans multiple states across the US.
2. Remove clutter from surfaces and showers
‘Clear off your bathroom counters, shelves, and shower floor to capture all the dust in your space,’ she recommends. ‘Leaving dust anywhere when cleaning will act like a magnet for more dust, so having a good clear out is essential.’
3. Start with dry dusting before damp dusting
A common dusting mistake people make is to go straight in with a polish or dusting product, highlights Muffetta Kreuger, cleaning expert and founder of Muffetta’s Domestic Assistants. This can be somewhat effective, she says, but you should really dry dust first to pick up the loose debris and avoid just spreading it around:
‘Start by dry dusting surfaces, including countertops, mirrors, and light fixtures. Work from top to bottom to capture falling dust.
‘Then, lightly dampen a clean microfiber cloth with water or a mild cleaning solution for more stubborn dust to prevent smearing. Wipe down surfaces gently before drying.’
Muffetta Krueger is a cleaning expert and founder of Muffetta’s Domestic Assistants with over 16 years of operational management experience in the service industry. Muffetta’s Domestic Assistants provides housekeepers, house cleaners and maids, and is based in New York.
4. Vacuum regularly
We know how often we should vacuum around the rest of our homes, but do you know how often to vacuum a bathroom? Ryan Knoll, cleaning expert, suggests it should be as much as twice a week to stay on top of dust:
‘Regular vacuuming, using a soft brush attachment, can prevent dust buildup,’ he explains. ‘Use the best vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter for the best results. Some vacuums tend to kick up dust while vacuuming, which can make dusty situations more challenging.
‘Our go-to vacuum is the Shark ZU782 Rotator Lift-Away DuoClean Pro Upright, available at Amazon.’
5. Prevent dust with good ventilation
The key to making dusting a bathroom easier is preventing it from settling and clinging to surfaces in the first place. Besides using an air purifier throughout the day to limit dust in the air, it is also vital to ensure good ventilation to reduce excess moisture, Kait Schulhof, cleaning expert, reminds us:
‘Ventilation should be one of the first things to consider when planning a new bathroom. Minimizing the amount of steam that accumulates in your bathroom can also minimize the layers of dust that get stuck to every surface. Open windows or use a ceiling vent to remove excess moisture while showering.’
How do I keep my bathroom counter dust-free?
A great way to keep your bathroom counter dust-free is to keep bathroom countertops clear of clutter and wipe the surface down to remove dust and spills daily when you use your vanity. This could be at the start or end of each day, working the cleaning into your existing daily routine. Keep a microfiber cloth or cleaning towel in your counter cabinet or drawer to make this easier.
What are the rules for dusting?
Some of the most important rules for dusting is to always work from top to bottom, allowing any dust you disturb to fall onto surfaces you are yet to clean (to be sure it will be captured), and to always vacuum after dusting, not before, to collect remaining disturbed dust for a truly thorough job.
When dusting a bathroom, consistency is key, cleaning expert Ryan Knoll, concludes. ‘Keeping a regular schedule and using effective products will significantly reduce dust accumulation, making your bathroom a cleaner and more enjoyable space to be in.’
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Chiana has been at Homes & Gardens for a year, having started her journey in interior journalism as part of the graduate program. She spends most of her time producing content for the Solved section of the website, helping readers get the most out of their homes through clever decluttering, cleaning, and tidying tips – many of which she tests and reviews herself in her home in Lancaster to ensure they will consistently deliver for her readers and dabbles in the latest design trends. She also has a first-class degree in Literature from Lancaster University.
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