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Friday's Ask the Experts: Dusting methods

October 29, 2010
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Friday''s Ask the Experts question from a cleaning professional on the International Custodial Advisors Network (ICAN) "Ask the Experts" page: How do we prevent or reduce dust build up in all the areas of the building: offices, shelves, computers, high places, low places, chairs, etc. We continually dust using lamb''s wool and wipe with microfiber clothes, and use special dust collecting chemicals applied on floor mops, but for some reason, dust is building up everywhere. The building has constant air flow as the result of ongoing ventilation with heat during the winter and cooling during the summer. Is the problem with the special equipment or chemicals that I am using now?
The answer:
Dusting methods all work by capturing and holding the dust so that it may be taken from the surface on which it appears. When you examine a newly dusted surface, whether it is a shelf, counter, computer, or whatever, and there is no longer any dust on it, you have done the job. Any of the tools you mention can do an effective job of dust removal when used properly. So your problem is, as you note, not that of dust removal. You are doing that and once the dust is gone, it is gone. Your problem is rapid dust accumulation. The building''s dust accretion (build-up) rate is high, more so than in a normal indoor environment. This isn''t due to your ... — Lynn E. Krafft, ICAN/ATEX editor
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