Sometimes, using a vacuum cleaner is impractical or impossible. There’s still a place in the home for the traditional dustpan and brush! This guide suggests which situations might require the specialist attentions of a dustpan and brush, as well as explaining how to get rid of dust quickly and effectively with these trusty tools. You’ll also learn our top five tips for getting the most out of your dustpan and brush!
How to Clean Dust with a Dustpan and Brush
In which situations would you opt for a dustpan and brush instead of a vacuum cleaner? Here at Cleanipedia, we can think of a quite a few instances:
- For reaching out-of-the-way places: The tops of shelving units and wardrobes, window ledges, underneath tables, behind bookcases: these are all spaces that are hard to access with a vacuum cleaner, even with extensions or a handheld vacuum. Instead, with a long handled dustpan and brush, you can reach those out-of-the-way places and clear them of dust. Before dusting ensure that you remove any items from the shelving units, window ledges etc.
- For cleaning up larger items that might damage your vacuum cleaner: Vacuum cleaners are great at picking up hair and dust — but larger items like spilled crisps, chunks of broken glass, or dried pasta can either damage your vacuum cleaner or cause a messy blockage inside them. A dustpan and brush set is easier to use, and less susceptible to damage.
- When you don’t want the hassle of setting up the vacuum cleaner: For all their speed at sucking up dust, vacuum cleaners are still clunky devices that need to be wheeled out, plugged in, and set up. If you only have a small area to clean, it’s often a lot easier to rely on the dustpan and brush.
- When you don’t want the noise of a vacuum cleaner: Say you’ve spilled some cereal in the middle of the night and you don’t want to wake your family or your pets. Or someone’s upended a bowl of crisps and you don’t want to interrupt your party. Using a dustpan and brush is a lot quieter and less disruptive than a vacuum cleaner, and still does the job.
- When you want to be eco-friendly: A vacuum cleaner uses electricity, a dustpan and brush set doesn’t. Every time you opt for a dustpan and brush instead of the vacuum, you’re doing your bit to help the planet!