Are Dusting Sprays Really Necessary For A Deep Clean?

Everyone cleans their home differently, but one of the more controversial items when it comes to removing dust from surfaces is dusting spray. While it is easy to use and will leave a nice scent behind, the cleaning product could actually be creating issues for your furniture — such as leaving a waxy residue — especially if used on the wrong materials. Popular brands include Pledge or Endust, both of which promise to give your furniture a flawless finish, could be causing a build-up of silicone instead.

Moreover, dusting spray is often used incorrectly. It should not be applied directly to furniture, as this is what leads to excess residue. Instead, if you are using a product like this, you should be spritzing a small amount on a clean cloth and dust the item with the cloth. It should also not be used on wood. If you didn't know about these dusting mistakes, don't worry. There's an alternative way to get your home looking spick and span so you can ditch the dusting spray once and for all.

Forget the spray if you want a smoother cleaning experience

Instead of reaching for the Pledge when you notice a film of dust on your television cabinet, grab a microfiber cloth. This is literally all you need to get rid of that surface layer of dust. If you want to remove a stain, dampen the cloth slightly, keep a second dry cloth on hand to wipe away excess moisture. Additionally, when it's time to dust, remember to remove all items before you begin for a thoroughly deep clean — no cutting corners! 

Use the microfiber cloth to get rid of all dirt thoroughly and then wipe the items you have removed before putting them back in place. When you're done, vacuum around the room. Always dust before you vacuum to save yourself an extra chore, as the dust you're wiping will settle onto the floor. This method is quick, easy, and won't just move the dust on your furniture around to different areas. If you do use dusting spray and have noticed a build-up of residue, it's definitely worth trying a new approach — chances are, it'll make all the difference.