Types of Dusting Tools

Like other cleaning items, dusting tools are available in both general, multi-purpose models as well as adapted to fit very specific circumstances. Dusting tools include the vacuum cleaner, dusters, brushes, cloths, mops, swabs, and compressed air—each of which are useful for different tasks.


  • A brush is a device with bristles attached to a handle, and there are several kinds used as dusting tools.

    Counter dusters have soft bristles and a handle at one end.

  • Ceiling fan duster brushes are long-handled brushes made for cleaning fan blades, cobwebs, walls, and ceilings.

  • Long-reach duster brushes have long, telescoping handles. They are designed both for cleaning baseboards and the picture rail molding.

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  • Paintbrushes can prove to be excellent dusters—you can get them in a wide variety of sizes and shapes to suit your dusting needs. Just be careful not to dust with a brush that’s been used to paint or varnish something.

  • Refrigerator coil brushes are made for the sole purpose of cleaning the dust off the coils on the back of your refrigerator.


    The time-honored piece of old tee-shirt from the rag bag – or any white, cotton cloth, is a mainstay for a variety of dusting tasks. Gentle on delicate objects (like vases) and easy to push into most corners, the dust cloth, with or without a dusting spray, is a helpful dusting tool.

    Microfiber cloths are a newer variation on the dust cloth. They can be used damp or dry to clean fragile or delicate surfaces, and usually leave very little lint behind.

    Compressed Air

    This cleaner in a can is the only approved way to get the dust out of a computer keyboard. It’s also one of the best dusting tools for pianos, copiers, faxes, and other office equipment with hard-to-reach places.


    Whether made of feathers or lamb’s wool, dusters come with an elongated handle to give you extra reach for picture rail moldings and the baseboard behind furniture. Electrostatic dusters hold onto dust better than many other types of dusters on a liner that you strip off and replace when it’s used up.


    A dust mop is a dry mopping device that collects dust from a floor. It is better than a broom at holding the dust—with a broom, you run the risk of spreading it. Mops can be cleaned by shaking them out outdoors or into a bag, or vacuumed.


    When you need to get dust out of small spaces and don’t want to use expensive compressed air, try a cotton swab. These small, two-headed tools should be moistened to avoid leaving bits of cotton—and it’s worth buying a name brand: the house brands tend to lose their ends or have the stick poke through the cotton more often.

    Vacuum Cleaners

    A vacuum comes with a variety of attachments to collect dust from many different surfaces, including floors, venetian blinds, walls, ceilings, and upholstery in both the house and the car. For those with dust allergies, a vacuum with a High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filter is one of the most useful of the many dusting tools.

  • Written by Mary Elizabeth