It must have been challenging, also, to keep dust off all that fancy furniture in the Palace of Versailles and other upscale homes of that period. Since people didn’t bathe very often or wear deodorant in those days, maybe they didn’t mind a little dirt on their elegant chairs and tables because they were so busy dealing with dirty and smelly people. Let’s hope so.
The modern householder has choices of methods to use when removing dust from furniture.
Method No. 1 is the one used by fussy people who are addicted to extra work. This method involves using dustcloths, Lemon Pledge, and other instruments of torture. Lemon Pledge is fine if you don’t mind your house smelling like the citrus section of a greengrocer’s shop. The poor misguided people who use this method go from piece of furniture to piece of furniture, moving knickknacks, books, and figurines around, climbing up stepladders, and making sure that every darned spot of dust or anything else is thoroughly eradicated with the cloth and the Lemon Pledge. This is their idea of a fun way to spend an afternoon.
Method No. 2 is similar to Method No. 1, except instead of a dustcloth and Lemon Pledge, the person uses a feather duster or a Swiffer duster, sometimes with a long handle, making the use of a stepladder obsolete except in the case of a high shelf with stuff on it that has to be moved. Other than that, the procedure is the same, as is the amount of time it takes to finish the job. These people are to be pitied as much as the users of Method No. 1.
Method No. 3 is the one used by the rest of us. It uses a Swiffer duster, preferably with a long handle, without moving any objects, especially on high shelves. This removes most of the visible dust, which is okay with us. This method is often used after the chief homemaker of the house has not dusted anything in weeks.
One way of ensuring that no dust will settle on a piece of furniture is to load it down with blankets, clothing, books, or whatever other detritus is available. When you remove the items, the furniture under them will be dust-free. This works every time.
I hope my readers have found this little reference guide useful. By the way, the instructions given above are in no way indicative of the practices of the author, and I hope you all understand that because I would hate it if everyone thought I’m a slob.