Effective Types of Dusters

December 17th, 2014 General

Every day, homeowners use dusters to clear away dirt and debris. Many of the dusters on the market only shift dust around as opposed to trapping and removing it, leaving people wondering “How effective are they really?”  TuffWrap took a closer look at the various types of dusters to find out which worked best to trap and remove dust from your household and commercial surfaces.

  • Feather Dusters. The only feathers that truly attract dust are ostrich down feathers. Similar to geese, ostriches have a layer of thick down feathers that regulate their body temperature. The softness and flexibility of ostrich feathers allow them to effectively capture dust, even in hard to reach places. It’s been discovered that ostrich down feathers are the only type of feathers that do what they’re supposed to when dusting, but these types of dusters can be expensive. Avoid dusters made of other types of feathers or synthetic materials – they will only move dust around.
  • Wool Dusters. These all-natural duster are as effective as a ostrich down feather dusters. A combination of static electricity, lanolin, and web of fibers work together to attract and collect dust. The soft qualities of wool make this duster useable even on the most delicate surfaces.
  • Microfiber Dusters. Each feather on a microfiber duster is made up of tiny, soft filaments. When each of the tiny fibers rub together, they create a static-electric charge, increasing their ability to find and cling to dust. Rather than pushing or moving dirt from side to side, microfiber dusters pick up and remove dirt and dust from surfaces. Microfiber dusters are also hypoallergenic, washable, and reusable, making them the ultimate duster.
  • Compressed Air. This method works best for hard to reach places, such as the small indents in electronic devices. Most of the time, these small spaces aren’t compatible with other forms of dusters. Cans of compressed air allow you to target the area you want dust removed from and effectively blast it out. Once the dust is blown out, you can then use an alternative method to remove excess dust.

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