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post #1 of Old 04-08-2011, 12:39 PM Thread Starter
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How do you deal with dust resettling?

I was recently working in a home with wall to wall hard wood floors, almost no rugs, mostly dark painted hard surface furniture, and very little cloth upholstered furniture. It seemed no matter what I did, the dust just resettled shortly thereafter. The customer said "I know you tried, but it just wasn't good enough."

I always use a damp (not wet) microfiber cloth for lower tables and a static wand thingy or bendable microfiber wand and work top down. Usually this works fine, and I've actually never had a complaint about dusting in the two years I've been cleaning houses, but all the hard surfaces and dark colors in that house made the dust extremely visible and there was no where else for it to go.
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When I dusting I usually use wet microfiber cloth. I'm just trying that my cloth isn't wet too much because it leaves traces.

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Oh, I feel for you! Dark hardwood floors always "show" the dust etc so much more than lighter floors. Do this little experiment: have a very very bright flashlight and point it away from you. Tear a paper cloth or tissue in half and watch what happen. A shower of white dust will appear.
A couple years ago, we lost power during a storm. I had a flash light and was brushing my hair. I suddenly noticed how much dust was in my won HAIR!!!!! Weird but true. I shook my head a lot and watched dust shower out of my own head. Kind of disgusting but we all have this.

Dark floors show dust more easily and I am sure you cleaning them well. Perhaps these owners have somewhat unrealistic expectations. Dust goes on ALL THE TIME. No cleaning person can get rid of all of it because it is continually being relased by everything around us.

If I were in your shoes, I would continue to TRY to do the best you can, and if it doesnt work out, cut your losses and move on. Let me know what happens.
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I totally 100% agree!!! Some people are just never happy no matter what you do and there's no such thing as a dust free house which dark wood loves! You're doing exactly what I would suggest. Been there~Left that.
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