How to Clean Dusty Walls Tips and Tricks

example of a woman dusting a wall

Dusting your walls is a necessary chore, but dusting walls isn’t as simple as dusting easy to reach items in your homes like furniture and ornaments. Walls take a bit more effort to dust properly, especially if you have textured walls.

It is surprising how dust can quickly build up and make your home look shabby and uncared for. Dusting your walls regularly will not only help them look cleaner but also help to remove allergens that might be hiding in the dust.

You will also find tips on keeping walls free of dust when you are having renovations in your home that generate plenty of dust.

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Here are some tips on how to dust your wall with minimal effort and time commitment.

Wall Dusting Methods

woman cleaning a wall using a duster on a pole

There are several ways you can dust your walls with different dusting products and tools. Whatever method you use make sure it actually removes the dust from the wall.

You don’t want to use any method that just ends up with the dust being released into the atmosphere in your rooms as this is ultimately a waste of time. Instead, look for products that hold onto the dust, like microfiber, or use a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter.

Never use a damp cloth unless you intend to clean the whole wall with water, and the wall has a washable finish. Damp cloths will smear the dust leaving streaks and stains that are difficult to remove, especially on a non-washable surface.

Feather or Lambs Wool Dusters

Wool Lambswool Feather Brush, Dust Sweeping Cleaning Tool with Wood Handle

You can buy this lambswool duster from

The easiest way to dust your walls is using a feather or lamb’s wool duster. They are very effective at grabbing hold of the dust and they are also suitable for dusting dust and cobwebs from your walls.

I find feather dusters are great for quick cleaning of a small room, but they are not so efficient for large areas.

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Microfiber Dusters

Microfiber Duster with Extension Pole(Stainless Steel) Extendable Long Duster for Cleaning High Walls

The microfiber duster featured in the image above is available from

Microcloth fiber dusters are great for dusting walls because they hold onto dust, rather than just releasing it back into the atmosphere. The dust particles stick like glue to the microfiber fibers and can be removed by washing.

I like the microfiber dusters that have plenty of “feathers” on them. They need to be used with a detachable rod so you can reach up high to the top of your walls. This way there is no need to use a step ladder.

Vacuum Cleaner with a Brush Attachment for Dusting Walls

The vacuum cleaner you use must have a HEPA filter for this tip to work effectively. Without an adequate filter, the dust from the walls will just be blown back into the room.

Using the brush attachment of your vacuum cleaner is a quick and easy way to clean the dust off your walls. Great for heavy loads of dust that can accumulate during renovation works. Also, this is the method I would recommend if you have a rough-textured finish to your walls.

Just take your time and slowly work the vacuum cleaner brush back and forth starting from the top and working down to the bottom. Using this method you won’t miss any dusty areas.

Cleaning With Water or Cleaning Products

Sometimes a home becomes so dirty you just need to wash the whole place down. Particularly when removing heavy loads of dust from home renovations or the accumulation of years of neglect.

Before washing the areas down, go over the wall with the brush attachment of your vacuum cleaning. Or use a microfiber mop to remove the bulk of the dust. Follow up with a wet but not dripping cloth dipped in a solution of warm water and dish soap. Then follow behind with a cloth using pure water to rinse everything off.

Alternatively use an all-purpose household cleaner spray and microcloth.

Why do Need to Dust Regularly

Dusting is one of the most tedious chores around, but dust may be accumulating on your walls. Dust can cause respiratory problems and aggravate allergies in some people. dust also gives off a dirty appearance to your home. there are many ways you can remove dust from your walls without too much work.

How often Should you Dust your Walls?

Generally, you should only need to dust your walls once every month. For less dusty homes and areas every 6 months will be plenty. However so much depends on how dust accumulates in your home. If you live in a busy household with kids and pets dust will accumulate faster than someone living on their own.

Also, some geographical regions are dustier than others. For example, a region that is dry will generate dust as the wind picks up dust in the air caused by actions of vehicles, plowing or mining. Compared to damper areas where rain and mists will help to dampen down the amount of dry dust in the atmosphere.

Why Walls Get Dusty

Walls are just like any other surface in your home. Airborne dust can easily stick to them, and over time this grime will accumulate into large clumps if left untreated! You can prevent this by regular cleaning not only your walls but all the other areas in your home so that no one area is overlooked. When you think about it, this makes sense. With a focus on cleanliness, the home can be maintained to ensure the whole place is cleaned and well maintained.


We hope you’ve found this blog post to be helpful. It contains a lot of good information that will help keep your home clean and dust-free! Don’t forget, the key is regular maintenance, so don’t let it pile up for too long before taking care of it!

The last thing you want is allergies or allergy-related illnesses because of all the dust in your house.

For best results make sure to use feather or microfiber dusters, or the brush attachment on your HEPA filtered vacuum cleaner regularly.

Further Reading

How to Clean Dusty Walls