Spring Cleaning – Dust or Vacuum First?


What do you do? Do you Dust or Vacuum first when you are cleaning?Hasn’t that been one of the long-standing debates? Kind of like the chicken or the egg.

When dust, the dust that doesn’t stick to the dust cloth falls down onto the floor. (So then you can suck it up by the vacuum right?But…. when you vacuum, it stirs up dust and makes things dustier.

So – Which do you do first? If you dust first, the vacuum will pick up the dust that falls on the floor. But when you vacuum, it stirs up dust and then you need to dust?

Which do you think I do first? hmmmm…. you’ll have to read and see.

Dust… ewww…. how can you watch one of those 60 Minute TV shows on dust mites and ever look at dust the same way again? lol It’s much easier not to think about that isn’t it?

I’m sure not all of your homes get this dusty, but I’m sure we’ve all been there at some point. I have two dogs, carpet and seven people in the house. All of those add up to dust. It doesn’t matter that the windows have not been open, and no one has been digging a foundation right near my house in dry weather stirring up all the dust. It’s just life.

dustingI’m not endorsing Endust. I usually use it, but I’ll also use other products. You pick what ever product you like to dust with, it makes no never-mind to me (that reminds me of my Grandmother talking… lol)

I prefer to spray the Endust directly onto the dust cloth, not the furniture. Why? Because that is how my Momma taught me. Simple as that.

Doesn’t it look great after you have dusted? Are you a good duster? Do you always dust the entire piece of furniture, down the legs, behind it… the sides? Or are you a surface duster? Me…. I tend to me a little in between. I probably lean more on the side of surface dusting on most days. What about you?

Dogs? Sometimes I wonder why in the world I have them. Their dog hair (Sadies’ fur) gets everywhere. Their dander creates so much dust and dirt, there are those occasional accidents (Gizzy) and muddy paws. But the love, licks, and smiles you get from them every time they see you is worth it (I think)

This shot is of a little end table that is right between the wall and the couch. The green basket is the dogs toy basket, you can see (not only one of their toys, but some ear phones) all the dog hair and dirt on the carpet and edging.

Look at that baseboard along the stairs. and all the dog hair stuck in the edges of the carpet.

vacuumingHere is another question for you. Do you like the lines in your carpet after you have vacuumed? I have a good friend who says she gets upset when her kids come in and ruin the lines in the carpet, from the vacuum cleaner. Does the carpet feel cleaner when there are lines? I think that is what the represent to me. “Freshly vacuumed carpet”

When you vacuum, do you go in the same pattern? Do your lines have to be straight? Aren’t these fun questions?

To answer my own question, I vacuum first and then dust. Again, that is what my mom taught me to do.I’d love to see your dusting/vacuuming or spring cleaning tip! Blog about them and then come back and

Sandy Jensen
Sandy Jensen, a celebrated writer in the home and garden niche, boasts over 12 years of hands-on experience. Her educational background includes a Bachelor’s in Landscape Architecture from Cornell University. Before joining our team in 2016, she worked as a landscape designer, combining her love for nature and design. Sandy's expertise shines through her articles, offering readers practical and aesthetically pleasing gardening tips. Off the clock, she enjoys hiking and nature photography, further nurturing her connection with the outdoors.

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