How to clean a duster

Your guide to cleaning different kinds of dusters

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Your house’s trusty duster does the job of taking out dust, lint, pet hair, and even spider webs off the walls and furniture. Whether you are doing this on your own or hiring a service to do the dusting, you should never neglect your trusty dusters. They need cleaning, too!

There are different kinds of dusters that require their own method of cleaning. Read this guide to know the right ways to clean the different kinds of dusters you have at home. 

How to clean a feather duster

ostrich feather duster

These kinds of dusters are best used for cleaning your small figurines or picture frames. When the feathers are barbed together, they are able to create static electricity to capture dust. 

Tools and materials you will need

  • Dishwashing liquid

  • Large bucket

  • Bath towel

Cleaning instructions

  1. Take your feather duster outside and remove any loose dirt and dust. You can do this by hitting its handle against the rail or simply shaking it a bit. 

  2. Fill up a bucket of water. Add 2 tablespoons of dishwashing liquid into the bucket. Make the solution bubble by shaking your hand inside the water. 

  3. Put the feather duster into the water. Swish it around in an up-and-down motion to remove any dirt lingering on the feathers. Do this for about 3 - 4 minutes. Don’t let the duster submerge in water for too long since this can cause the adhesive of the feathers to break apart. Drain the water.

  4. Refill the bucket with clean water so that you can rinse the feather duster. Swish the feather duster around the water to remove the soap. If you still notice soap in the feathers, you can run the duster under the sink faucet. 

  5. Shake off the excess water in the feather duster. Do this by holding the handle between your palms and rolling your palms together. This will create a spinning motion that will effectively dry the feather duster. You can do this over a towel that’s been laid down on a table or outside to prevent mess. 

  6. Allow the feather duster to drip dry by hanging it outside or in the shower. Don’t use it unless it has completely dried down. 

How to clean microfiber dusters

stack of microfiber duster cloths for cleaning

This is the most effective kind of duster on the market. The fibers create an electrostatic charge that makes them easily pick up and hold dust. It’s also one of the easiest dusters to clean. 

Tools and materials you will need

  • Washing machine

  • Laundry detergent

Cleaning instructions

  1. Wash all your microfiber dusters and cloth on a gentle cycle in your washing machine. Be sure to not use any bleach or fabric softeners. These can damage the duster.

  2. Hang up the duster to air dry. 

How to clean static dusters

colorful static duster in woman's hands, cleaning dust on home plant

These are dusters that are made to attract dust by using static electricity. Think of a magnet, but it’s for dust instead. 

You can usually clean a static duster by shaking it off a bit. If dust and dirt still linger, you can follow these steps to make sure it’s free of any dust. All you will need is a large bucket of water. 

Cleaning instructions

  1. Submerge the duster in water and swish it around until all dirt and dust fall out. 

  2. Throw out the water and fill up the bucket with clean water. Swish the duster inside the clean water. 

  3. Shake off the excess water from the duster.

  4. Hang the duster to allow it to air dry. 

How to clean a wool duster

wool duster on table

Most wool dusters are made from lamb wool. They are made of natural fibers and lanolin, which are responsible for creating static electricity in this duster. It can be used to clean different kinds of surfaces and furniture at home. 

Tools and materials you will need

  • Large bucket

  • Water

  • Dishwashing liquid

  • Glycerin

  • Towel

Cleaning instructions

  1. Shake off any loose dirt or dust from your duster. It’s best to do this outside to prevent dirt from going on your furniture. 

  2. Fill the bucket with water and add 1 - 2 tablespoons of dishwashing liquid. Submerge the duster into the water and swish it in an up-and-down motion. 

  3. Remove the duster from the bucket and refill it with clean water. Rinse the duster inside the clean water until all the soap is removed. Gently squeeze out the excess water from the duster. 

  4. Restore the natural oils of the wool duster. Add one tablespoon of glycerin and work it into the duster using your hands. 

  5. Hang the wool duster outside to let it air dry. You can take its handle in between your palms and roll your hands together to fluff up the wool once again. 

Calling a cleaning professional

When work or school gets too busy, it sometimes feels impossible to find time to clean your home. At times like this, you can always call on a professional cleaner to help. They will take charge of dusting and cleaning everything, as well as cleaning your handy dandy dusters. 

There are many cleaners near you that are ready to extend a helping hand. You can go through our house cleaning cost guide to know how much it will cost to clean your house. In no time, your house and dusters will be squeaky clean!

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FAQs on cleaning dusters

This will depend on the type of duster. However, you can always make sure it’s clean by washing it after 3-4 uses. You can usually spot if the duster has gotten dirty. To make sure wool and feather dusters are clean, you can tap them off after every use. 

Dusters are made of different materials, and they all work to an extent. Feather dusters are not the best kind of dusters since they just move around the dust instead of picking it up. On the other hand, microfibers are the best kind. They easily pick up dirt and dust and are good for all kinds of surfaces and furniture.

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