Clean Up Your Act

“Vacuum first, then dust” was one reader’s response to “This Month’s Question,” beginning on page 31 of the May 2012 issue of Real Simple magazine ( “What ingenious cleaning trick did you learn from your mom?” That reader’s reply got me wondering if instead of following my usual habit of ending with the vacuuming, I should start there.

Vacuuming “stirs up dust,” so you have to duplicate the dusting afterward, or so that reader’s mother convinced her. My logic has always been that when you’re dusting, some of the dirt lands on the floor. If you vacuum last, you eliminate it.

I’ve never noticed if vacuuming deposits dust on my clean furniture. But, a few hours after I’ve put away the vacuum, and sometimes (horrors!) just after my guests leave, I often start to notice “dust bunnies,” which apparently were unearthed by the vacuum.

Which way makes the most sense? I’d love to hear what you think…and what you do.


  • 1
    April 24, 2012 - 9:37 am | Permalink

    Can’t resist: my solution is to hire someone else to do that work and then, not look tooooo closely!!!

    • 2
      April 24, 2012 - 12:45 pm | Permalink

      An excellent solution! Thanks for writing. THH

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