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Vacuum Cleaner:

Pros

A vacuum cleaner is great at actually removing dust without spreading it around into the air or onto other surfaces.

The extension wand of a vacuum cleaner can also make dusting high and low surfaces easier to do.

Cons

If your vacuum cleaner spews exhaust back into the room without a final HEPA filter, you may end up spreading the same dirt and debris around the room.

Vacuum cleaners are also not very practical for dusting all surfaces and may scratch furniture.

Feather Duster:

Pros

Feather dusters are great at getting in small and irregular spaces, making them good at dusting shelves without having to move everything.

Feather dusters remove dust from surfaces fairly well.

Cons

Inexpensive feather dusters tend to lose feathers quickly. They also may scratch surfaces that you are trying to dust.

Feather dusters tend to scatter dust back into the air.

Lambswool Duster:

Pros

Lambswool dusters are great at getting in small and irregular spaces, making them good at dusting shelves without having to move everything.

Lambswool dusters do a good job of removing dust from surfaces.

Cons

Lambswool dusters still stir up some dust although it tends to be less than a traditional feather duster.

Lambswool dusters need to be washed and maintained to keep effectiveness.

Microfiber Cloths:

Pros

Microfiber cloths do a great job at removing dust without stirring it up. The cloths can hold quite a bit of dust.

Microfiber cloths won't scratch or damage furniture.

Microfiber cloths come in a mitt form which slips over your hand and makes dusting easier.

Cons

Microfiber cloths aren't great for dusting up high.

Microfiber cloths, while great for flat surfaces may not work as well for irregular surfaces.

Electrostatic Cloths and Dusters:

Pros

Electrostatic cloths and dusters won't stir up dust as much as other dusting products.

Many electrostatic cloths and dusters now come in disposable forms that eliminate the need to clean dusters after using.

Electrostatic dusters come in varying lengths and sizes including with extension poles to clean up high.

Cons

Electrostatic cloths and dusters may be more expensisve than other dusters, especially if you choose a disposable model.

Many electrostatic cloths and dusters are not reusable.

Paper Towels:

Pros

Paper towels will hold dust fairly well.

Paper towels are inexpenisve and easy to use.

Cons

Paper towels can scratch wood surfaces.

Paper towels will still stir up some dust.

Paper towels aren't as practical to use up high and on irregular surfaces.

Oils and Polishes:

Pros

Furniture oils and polishes can enhance the look of your wood furniture.

Using a furniture polish can help dust fine surfaces without scratching them.

Cons

Overuse or improper use can cause buildup and clouding on your furniture.

Oils and polishes may not be necessary for every dusty surface in your house.

Compressed Air:

Pros

Compressed air is a great tool to use for surfaces where cloths may snag, or in small spaces where other tools aren't practical.

Compressed air is used often with electronics to remove dust.

Cons

Compressed air is not a practical solution for ceilings, corners and many other areas of the house.

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