How to keep dust off furniture

Dusting made easy: damp or dry? The best tips

Shortly after dusting, he's back again. Especially for allergy sufferers, high levels of dust can develop into real agony. How to do the unpopular housework quickly and easily and which cloth is particularly suitable for it.

Dust is created all the time and affects every home. And the necessary dusting can quickly lead to frustration: Even when it is supposed to be removed, the flakes of dust whirl through the air and settle again on the surface that has just been cleaned. With these tips, dusting is easier and is less on the agenda.

Dusting - damp or dry?

It is best to use a soft, slightly damp cotton cloth for dusting, so that the dust is not whirled up again when you wipe. The cloth should not be too wet, however, because of sensitive surfaces such as veneered or untreated Wooden furniture, could be damaged by too much moisture. It is best to wash the cloth every now and then before continuing with dusting. Just use lukewarm water, possibly with a little gentle all-purpose cleaner. An additional advantage: Light stains can also be removed with a damp cloth.

Special dust-attracting disposable dusting cloths made from special synthetic fibers are also available in stores. They perform better than cotton towels because they stir up less dust and leave no residue. Due to its electrostatic properties, the dust adheres well to the cloth even without moisture. This is gentle on furniture or floors with sensitive surfaces and saves on dampened surfaces cleaning ragsalso time. The disadvantage: The wipes are rather small and quite expensive. They also have to be disposed of with the residual waste and cannot be reused. You should therefore only use disposable wipes in an emergency.

Microfiber cloths can scratch furniture

Be careful with new, dry microfiber cloths - they can scratch furniture. Their brittle structure roughens high-gloss surfaces. Even some furniture manufacturers advise against this. You should therefore rather use soft cotton cloths for cleaning. Used microfiber cloths can also leave sanding marks on furniture and other surfaces. Dirt particles get stuck in their fibers like grains of sand. Oiled furniture is also generally less sensitive because it has a relatively rough surface.

Caution: dry microfiber cloths can scratch furniture. (Source: Science Photo Library / imago images)

With ostrich feathers against the dust

The traditional ostrich feather duster is a classic and still popular. Due to its natural fat content, it can bind a lot of dust. Because the springs do not become electrostatically charged, they are ideal for sensitive electronic devices. Unfortunately, they can also be used to spread Clothes mothscontribute. Therefore, ostrich fronds should be washed by hand with a wool detergent from time to time, rinsed clear and, after drying, fluffed with a hairdryer.

For dry, quick and hygienic dusting, small disposable fronds such as Swiffer's are also recommended. Thanks to their large surface and electrostatic charge, they can pick up and hold onto a lot of dust. However, on the one hand they are not exactly cheap, on the other hand they are not really beneficial for the ecological balance. Use them sparingly and, if possible, several times.

Gloves for hard-to-reach areas

Special gloves with tassels made of soft microfiber simplify the work, for example when dust is to be removed from vases or plants. With every movement of the hand, they adapt flexibly to the shapes to be cleaned and are particularly gentle on sensitive surfaces. They are mostly washable and suitable for dry and wet cleaning.

Remove dust with a vacuum cleaner

From some surfaces - such as untreated wooden panels - dark dust can only be removed with difficulty or sometimes even not at all with a cloth or frond. The best way to clean these materials is to use your vacuum cleaner. In order to avoid scratches and scrapes when cleaning, it is best to place the textile attachment on the suction gland.

The sequence is decisive

Regular dusting is not only part of household hygiene, but also an important contribution to reducing allergy and pollution. Even if it has to be done more often, you can still save time by using the correct order. First, you should remove dust and cobwebs in hard-to-reach areas such as the ceiling, ceiling lamps, walls and sensitive areas such as screen surfaces with a frond. You can then systematically wipe all surfaces with a damp cloth. It is best to work from top to bottom so as not to stain surfaces that have already been cleaned with dust.

Tip: A telescopic handle that can be attached to a feather duster makes even apparently difficult-to-reach places, such as the corners of a room or cabinet surfaces, easily accessible. It saves you from having to climb ladders or chairs and thus significantly reduces the risk of accidents when doing housework.

What helps against dust?


A higher level of humidity ensures that the dust is better bound and that it is prevented from spreading quickly. For example, a more humid room climate can be achieved brief ventilation- Long ventilation with the window tilted not only wastes energy, but also allows more dust to enter the apartment. You should avoid this especially in spring, as it will multiply Pollen indoors drop.

During the cold season, water bowls can work wonders on the warm heater: They quickly evaporate more moisture in the air and the dust is prevented from spreading.


You can delay a layer of dust on certain surfaces if you treat them with a little fabric softener. To do this, put a few drops with a little distilled water on a microfiber cloth and then wipe the furniture surfaces. However, the fabric softener can leave unsightly streaks on some surfaces. It is therefore best to test this trick in advance at one point.

Fresh air

If you leave the windows open while cleaning, you not only reduce the amount of dust on your lungs. The draft also ensures that the small blown parts and particles are drawn outside.

Plants can keep dust out

Also a good variety of Houseplants helps against the annoying dust. Ivy plants have proven particularly useful, fern, Daisies or Orchids.

These plants have a rough leaf surface with which they literally attract dust from the air. In addition, the "green fellows" constantly filter pollutants from the room air and also ensure a higher level of humidity.