Getting rid of dust from your furniture can be exhausting and time-consuming, so, as always, prevention is the best cure.
Although removing dust in your home entirely is impossible, there are some ways to repel dust from surfaces to prevent it from sticking around, making it easier to clean up or remove with an air purifier.
These are the three tricks professional cleaners use to prevent dust on furniture with results that you can replicate at home.
How to prevent dust on furniture
When preventing dust, it is important to only use methods that do not make your home unsafe. Some tricks, such as using a mixture of water and fabric softener to reduce static cling, for instance, can make your home furnishings more flammable – a risk that is not worth taking for the sake of shaving off a few minutes from your cleaning routine.
1. Wax wooden furniture with beeswax
Real wood furniture always benefits from waxing to keep it protected and restore wood furniture to its original shine. However, it can also help to repel dust, says Will Cotter, cleaning expert and COO of FreshSpace Cleaning. He suggests using a mixture of beeswax and coconut oil:
‘Beeswax provides a protective layer, making it hard for dust to settle into the wood, while coconut oil helps in the application and adds a bit of care to the wood,’ he explains.
‘Melt 1/4 cup of grated beeswax and 3/4 cup of coconut oil together, allow it to cool slightly, and gently apply this mixture to your wooden furniture. Just follow the wood's natural grain. Let it sit for a few minutes, and then buff it with a clean, soft cloth for a neat finish.
‘To keep it up, give your furniture this treatment every few months. If you're shopping for products, you can check out Wood Seasoning Beeswax by Howard Products, from Walmart and Nutiva Organic Virgin Coconut Oil, available at Amazon.'
2. Use an anti-static polish
If you are dealing with non-wooden furniture, such as glass or metal, then an anti-static polish is the best way to go, says Shayne Jeramos, cleaning specialist at Bright Cleaners. These products have a similar effect to fabric softener and water but without the additional flammability, and is a great cleaning tip for allergy sufferers, he explains.
‘Dust tends to cling to surfaces due to static electricity. To counter this, use anti-static products like anti-static sprays or furniture polish. These products can help reduce the static charge on your furniture, making it less attractive to dust.’
3. Use an air purifier to remove dust from the air
Sometimes the best cleaning tips aren't to do with cleaning at all, but supplementing the cleaning process, says Karina Toner, cleaning expert and operations manager at Spekless Cleaning. Picking up the dust and removing it from the air before it settles is the best way to prevent dust on furniture altogether – especially on soft furnishings and upholstery which cannot be cleaned down with polish:
‘High-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters are used in air purifiers to trap airborne dust particles. These filters can significantly improve indoor air quality by reducing the number of dust particles circulating in your home,’ she explains.
Karina is the Operations Manager at Spekless Cleaning, a trusted maid service based in Washington D.C. The team has over five years of experience providing top-quality cleaning services for both residential and commercial clients. Karina oversees every aspect of the business, ensuring that every client gets the same top-notch service and a spotless clean every time.
Why does my furniture get dusty so fast?
Your furniture may get dusty quickly if you have pets, do not have an air purifier, or do not clean your home weekly. Dust will also be especially noticeable if you have dark-colored furniture, particularly black furniture, where dust will be highlighted as soon as it settles.
What is the best dusting method for furniture?
When dusting furniture, it helps to use a clean, dry microfiber cloth on solid parts such as legs and frames, and use a vacuum cleaner with an upholstery attachment to deal with any fabric sections. It is important to use a dedicated upholstery attachment to avoid damaging the fibers with a beater brush.
When using dust prevention tricks on furniture, it is important to note that you will still need to dust the surfaces and reapply the prevention periodically, or you will be back where you started. When doing so, you should always dust before vacuuming.
Clean down the hard surfaces before using a vacuum with an upholstery attachment to deal with any fabric and the floor around it. This is the best approach to eliminating dust from the piece of furniture.
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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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