Friday, July 10, 2009

How to wash a feather duster

Many of us are using feather duster to clean everyday dust. They become so messy after sometime we have to throw them away. But regularly washing of the dirt from them helps them stay great longer.
  • Fill a bucket or sink with lukewarm water and a little bit of gentle liquid dish detergent or baby shampoo. You want the water level to be deep enough to cover the feathers easily.
  • Lay the feather duster in the water, completely immersing it. Pick it up by the handle (keep the feathers in the water) then twist the duster fairly quickly left to right so that the moving water will swish through the feathers and push out dust, dirt and any grime buildup. Do this for a minute or two being careful not to break the feathers.
  • If you have a double sink, fill the other sink with clear lukewarm water, or empty the sink/bucket and fill with clear water. Submerge the soapy feathers into the water and dunk it up and down a few times, trying to remove as much soap as possible. Do a final rinse under running water until the water runs clear and there is no more soap.
  • Gently tap out the duster so excess water sprays into the sink. Then take the duster outside and forcefully shake the duster into the air several times to remove as much water as possible.
  • Next, set the duster into a clean pop bottle (large), handle down so that the feathers stick out above the bottle. The pop bottle will hold the duster and allow the feathers to air dry. When the feathers are still damp (several hours later or overnight), take a hair dryer and blow them completely dry. The hair dryer will soften the feathers.

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