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Just keep sweeping the remaining line into the dustpan. It'll shrink more and more each time you sweep it, until in the end there's nothing left of it. It also helps to change the angle of sweeping each time; that way, what was a long line becomes a shorter line relative to the new angle of direction.


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Just blow it back around the floor and pretend it never happened. If a rug is available, traditionally you would sweep it under the rug. Explanation: if it's not enough dust to sweep up it's not enough to care about. I don't have any citations for this. It's a technique I came up with myself and I haven't documented it anywhere else. Maybe someone else ...


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This is a widely known lifehack. Use masking tape - just tape the front of the dustpan to the floor. It should cover the gap between the floor and your dustpan. (Image taken from this Reddit thread.)


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I use a hand held vac on the small particles of dust that won't sweep up. My mother always dampened a paper towel and wiped up the dust that way. Either is logical and works perfectly.


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Here are some methods for keyboard I use: turn it upside down and shake it use cotton swab dipped in isopropyl alcohol (one of these sticks for cleaning ears) use something sharp and wrap it with a piece of cloth and clean with it between the keys Generally for computers I often use a vacuum cleaner and reduce its power to the middle (it depends how ...


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Blow the dust out with compressed air OUTSIDE the building. Word for the wise: place a soda straw or similar object between the cooling fan blades in a manner to prevent them turning, as blowing the fan with compressed air may cause the motor(s) to generate voltage and feed it back into the motherboard ...


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move the dustpan backwards when sweeping the last few bits into it. I've done this for years and it helps greatly. 2-3 of those usually gets it all.


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The lowly adhesive lint brush does wonders. Also, in a pinch I've used masking tape wrapped sticky-side-out around my hand to tackle both.


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I use the vacuum cleaner, with the long tube but without a brush. When most of the spiderweb has been removed you can use the duster or the item in your picture to remove the leftover bits, keep your dust sucker near to take care of cleaning the duster and/or the fallen bits of web. For a real nasty situation, you can use your duster or your 'photo item' ...


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I insert a large diameter drinking straw [Starbucks has them in their Computer Cleaning Section of every store);-)] into the slim angled attachment which comes with most vacuums, I then tape the straw to the outside of the attachment creating a seal. It is a simple matter then to take an ESP Brush as mentioned above and use it to brush the dust into the ...


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When sitting at my desk today I emptied an 1.5l plastic bottle, and by accident squeezed it a little and let go. This created a small, but efficient vacuum, which can be used to suck up dust and small debris. Went to find some dust, and the following does actually work: Squeeze the 1.5l plastic bottle Move the end close to the dust at a slight angle ...


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Modern dustpans have evolved a compliant rubber lip that already assists with this task. Using a feathered bristle brush with light downward pressure also moves the dust sideways over the lip instead of down and under the lip. The bristle type I mean is illustrated in this car washing brush but common these days on those sold with dustpans as well.


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As a computer guy, I realized that the remaining dust is an exponential problem. This realization would have been bad for a mathematician: It means that true cleanliness can only ever be approached, never reached. Alas, I am an engineer, and for me exponential decay is very good news. It means that I can get the amount down a lot with just a little ...


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Dust collects not due to static, but due to the computer fans drawing in air. The only way to avoid this, is to buy a computer that doesn't need fans (passive cooling). For now: don't place your computer on the floor. If you want to place it under your desk, put it on a shelf or plinth. This way, the dust at least collects on the floor underneath the ...


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I'd have vacuumed them with the upholstery nozzle, but now that you've dampened the dust with wet hands, it may not work, in which case, you'll have to wash them again.


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Hold your head on its side and wash with water. Your tear ducts are at the side of the eye, by your nose. With your head tilted the tears flow across the eye taking the dust to the corner. Particles are more easily removed from the eye's corner than if they just go under your lower eyelid. Sprinkling water on your eye helps wash the particles to the ...


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Where is your dust coming from? If it is coming from open windows, or outside, you might be out of luck. But if it is coming from normal household sources, then your best way to remove dust might just be the vacuum and the wash machine. Most dust in your home's air will come from carpets, couches, blankets, clothing etc. You can see this in your dryer "lint" ...


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First dip a microfiber cloth in water (preferably distilled water so that you don't coat the screen with any impurities), and then squeeze out the excess water. Then use it to wipe the screen. The fact that it's damp will result in it picking up all the dust, instead of pushing the dust into the corners. After you've wiped off all the dust, you may have a ...


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You can get a length of clear packing tape about 8-10" long and, holding the ends, press it against the lampshade and draw it back off. It will have picked up the dust in that area. Then press it on another spot. Repeat this process until the lampshade is clean. Unless it's very dusty, the tape usually lasts a good 2-3 shades for me. Once it is no longer ...


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I was about to make a special tiny nozzle for my hair dryer (on cool of course), before I discovered a powered duster and bought that instead. You asked about a household item, so I'd go with the nozzle. I also briefly considered a balloon and a straw...


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I have encountered a similar problem while cleaning dust and grime off PCBs for re-soldering/repair. Usually, the dust has accumulated over time, and due to moisture which can't be removed with compressed air. Using a special ESP brush (size depends on each case), or a simple paint brush but ensuring correct ESP procedure clean surface and around/under gaps ...


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Use a soft toothbrush thin enough to get inside the holes marked followed by a vacuum pipe sucking all the dust out of those tiny holes. Soft toothbrush will disturb the dust and break the binding or reduces the binding. And applying suction from a vacuum cleaner just after that will remove most of the dust from it. Note: this will not be 100% clean as it ...


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Sand the edge of the dustpan down to a knife's edge. Reason the the bigger stuff gets swept up and the fine dust doesn't, is the edge of the dustpan is dull and rounded. You need to sand it down to a point so that it meets the floor like >← and not like )← As an added bonus, if you're ever attacked by burglars or isis or whatever while you're sweeping ...


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In our office I can see that the IT staffs can clean around 30 computers within just an hour or two, by being curious enough I investigate their techniques. First they will move the computers and put them in an open area so they can blow the inside of a cpu case. Take note that they are using a strong blower not just an ordinary one. Once they are finished ...


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Compressed air works really well but this is only an option if you have an air compressor. I wouldn't use the cans because they are expensive and the freon inside can make things worse.


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You can use any type of textile from an old pair of tights to professional HEPA filters, as long as the surface is big enough to let a sufficient amount of air through. Therefore you could maybe create a long mesh tube, apply the filter material around it and roll it up in order to get the largest possible surface within the smallest volume. I think there ...


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If you have a turntable and/or vinyl record collection, you may already own a record brush: The bristles are specially designed to remove dust from the surface, not just brush it off to the side.


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In days of yore people would hang garments, curtains, rugs and other fabric items up and beat them. Beating loosened the dust which would fall or be blown away on the breeze. This method is rather messy though and doesn't collect the dust, so if you have a suitable vacuum cleaner then Bamboo's method is better.


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Assuming you are not forced to use a duster, I'd suggest cleaning the boards with water in the following way: There are special tools designed to clean windows one is called t-bar and squeegee. You first make the mop reasonably wet, swipe over the board horizontally, beginning at the top and then going down (with slight overlap). Then you take the ...


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If the carpet isn't really soft and squishy you can lay hard flooring over it with some underlayment. Otherwise, vacuum and vacuum often. Roomba perhaps?


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