Do you dust first or vacuum first?

United States
March 24, 2007 12:03am CST
This question has been brought up before in my family. I have always vacuumed my floors first, and then dusted my furniture. But I have been told that it made better sense to dust first and then vacuum. I am curious as to how others feel about this.
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@tad1fan (3373)
• Canada
30 Mar 07
Why dust and than vacuum?When you turn on your vacuum there is an air filter that blows 'out'.....dust is flying everywhere.....I always vacuum and than dust,that way I'm getting what's going to fall after vacuuming and not dusting twice
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• United States
8 May 07
That is my reasoning too, I vacuum then dust. It's been interesting to see how many of us differ on this issue though :) Thanks for sharing with me.
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@tad1fan (3373)
• Canada
8 May 07
You're quite welcome and some of the responses you got here are quite interesting
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• United States
8 May 07
That's what I love about mylot. So much one can learn about the world around us :)
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• United States
9 May 07
I would have to say if I dust (hmmm I'm a bad housekeeper) that I would dust before vacuuming.
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• United States
9 May 07
Girl, if I didn't dust I'd be in the hospital. I am sooo allergic. I have been called a clean freak by my step daughter. Isn't it funny how we all do things in a different way and have great reasons for doing it both ways? Thanks for sharing with me :)
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@tsgirl01 (900)
• United States
8 May 07
Good question applsofgld! I definately dust first before I vacuum. That's the way that I was taught to do it. I wonder if I do it right? LOL! I included a picture of the vacuum cleaner I would love to have, just cannot afford it. Take care...
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• United States
8 May 07
I would love to have a Dyson vac myself. I think that's how it's spelled anyway. It's supposed to be like the Oreck, really light weight and great suction for the carpets and the floors. Thanks for sharing with me tsgirl01.
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• United States
25 Mar 07
I always vaccume first. I never really dust and if I do, I use a damp paper towel. Good question! I guess it would make more sense to dust first though because then you can vaccume up the dust!
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• United States
25 Mar 07
When I dust, I use furniture polish and the dust sticks to the dustrag, so it doesn't get on the floor. I usually vacuum off the coffeetable and end tables too while I am vacuuming, window ledges, sofa, etc. But I always did wonder if I was the only one who vacuumed first. This has been very interesting.
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@KarenO52 (2951)
• United States
13 May 07
I always vacuum first, and then dust carefully to avoid getting any on the floor where I just vacuumed. Those microfiber cloths really help, because the dust sticks to them better than a regular cloth. My house gets so dusty, if I dusted first and then vacuumed, I'd have to dust all over again because the vacuum cleaner spews dust into the air. Maybe one day I'll buy a good vacuum cleaner that works better. Right now, it's a losing battle no matter what I do.
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@5000ml (1923)
• Belgium
12 May 07
I always dust first, then hoover the floors. That way I can easily knock any dust onto the floor without worrying if it'll look dusty afterwards because I just hoover it all up.
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@tellus (1445)
• Finland
12 May 07
sometimes dust first but most of the time vacuum first
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@tammyr (5956)
• Etowah, Tennessee
10 May 07
LOL I guess it depends on whether or not you have a lot of dust. If there is a lot of dust that would accumulate on the floor, it might be a good idea to dust first. If you only have a light coating of dust, then it would make better sense to vacuum first.
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@soulist (2987)
• United States
9 May 07
I dust before I vacuum because then when I vacuum i pick up the dust that fell to the floor.
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@sandie61 (2359)
• United States
9 May 07
I always dust first as I feel a lot of the dust goes on the floor. then I vacuum.
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• United States
8 May 07
i dust first-in case there's a lot of it,i can get it up with the vacuum.otherwise i'd have to clean it twice. i floor scan before i vacuum too,since i sucked up a battery someone left on the floor once.trashed the vacuum blade.
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@Modestah (11192)
• United States
28 Mar 07
it does make sense to dust first, otherwise it is like putting the cart before the horse, so to speak. Just like when showering, you wash your hair first, so the dirt that comes off your head does not sully up an already cleaned body.
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@babyhar (1338)
• Canada
28 Mar 07
I tend to like you vacuum first before deciding to dust. I've been doing this for so many years. And I have realized also that it doesn't make all to much sense to do this before dusting. I've learned that sometimes when you dust you are just allowing more dust to fall on the clean floors you may have just vacuumed. I have honestly found this as well.. Where I have dusted shortly after I had vacuumed & next thing I know.. I had things on the floor & had to re vacuum.. Usually this happens when I vacuum my room & then dust shortly afterwards. I find in the kitchen & the living room as it is not so bad as I can just sweep all of the dust that had fallen on the floor all over again.. As they are hard wood floors & are not carpet like in my bedroom. But it does end up making a lot more work for me to do once I have finished cleaning. So I guess in a way it doesn't make much sense to do this. As it is so much better to instead just dust before hand. But I find once you are so used to doing something a certain way.. That it is rather difficult to change the way you do things.. I've tried dusting before hand, but then without even realizing it I go back to vacuuming before hand. And then afterwards I realize what I had just done. I guess for me it can be quite tiresome to have to clean up the dust that had fallen on the ground after I had dusted already.. As it makes more work for me to do afterwards.. But I guess it all depends on the person.. If you don't mind having to go over what you had already cleaned all over again.. Then it isn't a big deal.. But it can turn to becoming rather time consuming in my opinion after a while.. In conclusion.. I know I have personally vacuumed first & then decided to dust over the years.. And looking back at this.. I realize how I am just making more work for myself if one was to think about it.. I find I have to re vacuum everything I had already done.. As I decide to do the dusting after I had vacuumed. I would like to change my ways & some how learn to dust before deciding to vacuum. But I don't think it is as easy as it sounds.. Especially if a person is so used to doing something the same way over the years.. I've gotten so used to vacuuming before hand that it will be hard to break this habit.. If one was to call it that.. Though I would love to honestly find a way to not create more work for myself.. And I feel by dusting before hand instead of vacuuming.. That in the long run it would help to benefit me.. As in all honesty after I was finished cleaning I wouldn't have to go over the things I may have already cleaned.. Because it once again is all dirty! . . Thanks for allowing me to share! xx
• United States
24 Mar 07
I vacuum first because when you do some dust from the carpet rises into the air and settles on the furniture. At least that's how it appears to me when I tried it the other way around.
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• United States
25 Mar 07
That is the reasoning I have always used too. I think I got that from my mom. I would think if I vacuum first, the floors will be clean and I also vacuum the furniture, sofa, etc. and then can dust the rest.
• United States
7 May 07
Thanks for BR
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@maddysmommy (16236)
• United States
25 Mar 07
I always leave my vacuuming till the end. I go around tidying up, wiping down, dusting shelves etc first before I start to vacuum.
• United States
25 Mar 07
I have always done mine the exact opposite of that. But in this discussion I have noticed more and more do it in the order you just described. Thank you for sharing with me :)
24 Mar 07
I always dust first then vaccum. That way any dust that falls on the floor is vaccummed up. Its the same if you are decorating a room. You paint the ceiling first, then the walls then carpet. Its just stemmed from my Dad telling start from the top and work down.
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• United States
25 Mar 07
You know that makes perfect sense to me when I hear it described like this. But my mindset has always been the reverse. But I paint the same way you do. I guess I just feel like dust is in the air after I vacuum, like in the days when I used a broom to sweep the floors.
@Poison_Girl (4163)
• United States
24 Mar 07
I always dust first because dusting usually just scatters everything around and most of it will just fall to the floor. So, if I dust first, then I can just vacuum up whatever fell to the floor. Ok, well... that may not be true, but that's the image I always get in my head.
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• United States
24 Mar 07
That does make sense to me, but I have always felt like that when I vacuum I stir up the dust as well, so I have to dust afterwards, but I can it both ways now :)
@Debs_place (10525)
• United States
14 May 07
Look at the dust motes in the air on a sunny day after vacuuming, no doubt...vacuum first. If you dust first, then all of the dust will just end up back on the your furniture.
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@coolcatzz (1588)
• Canada
24 Mar 07
I always dust first. I figure I'll wait till after I stir everything up and then I'll vacuum.
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@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
24 Mar 07
I dont really think it matters because we always will have dust in the air. Im always differnt sometimes I vaccum first and sometimes I dust first.