Nothing makes your home look old and dingy more than those creepy cobwebs dangling from your ceiling. They love to collect around beams and rafters, and are also commonly found in corners, or the area where the wall meets with the ceiling. Textured ceilings will often amass the the largest amount of these little mess makers, and the same surface that makes them stick, also makes them more difficult to take off. You will also regularly find them covering ceiling fans and other hard to reach objects that are well beyond your normal reach. All of these locations are difficult to clean, and will require a special tool, practiced technique, or at least some sort of ladder, stool or extension to put you closer to the action. Besides high up areas, cobwebs also collect in tight spaces like the crack between appliances, or locations with little traffic like stairwells. Because nobody really likes to touch them, and the appearance of them is also unwanted, it is important to have a good tool to make the job of removing cobwebs easy.
WHAT IS A COBWEB?
Despite what you might think, a cobweb is not just a spider web with a less terrifying name. They do both originate from the same source, but there is also a distinct difference between the two. Essentially, a cobweb is the left over remnants of a no longer used spider web. When a spider dies, or moves on to a more fly-filled locale, the web remains to deteriorate as it collects dust and other debris. This is what gives cobwebs their familiar and unsightly appearance. Unlike fresh webs, the ones we are commonly cleaning are thicker, more wispy, and far more tangled looking. Regular spider webs are the fine ones spun into elaborate patterns in order to create a home for their maker, and these are typically still being used to catch bugs and house spiders. The look is quite different, and when touched, fresh webs will be thinner and more sticky in comparison. Even though there is a clear difference between the two, most people would want to rid their homes of either, and the method outlined below, would work in all cases.
One of the most highly recommended methods for dealing with this particular mess is to use your vacuum cleaner. Although this will work, you have probably already tried it , and decided that there must be a better way. Whenever you try to suck up cobwebs with your vacuum, you will end up with a sticky dirty mess that begins to coat the outside of your extension. Many will be sucked up and eliminated, but any that remain coated on the hose will have to be wiped away by hand when you finish. This tool will do the job in a pinch, but it will require electricity and cord management, and it will also cause you to lug a heavy appliance all over your home. For any cobwebs within reach, you should be able to clean them relatively easily, but for all of the ones out of reach, you will still need a stool or ladder for your vacuum to do the job, and there may be some that are so high that you will not even be able to get them at all. If you do decide to use you vacuum cleaner for this job, simply ensure it is on level ground, and use the brush attachment for best results. Once finished, most of the collected debris should be able to be dumped from the bag or canister, but the sticky bits clinging tho the hose will need to be wiped with a paper towel or rag in order to dispose of them.
Another commonly recommended method for this job is to sweep them away with a broom. If you are using the right kind of broom, you may have some success with this method, but there are also some clear downsides that you may want to think about. Because most of us use our brooms for sweeping floors, we do not typically have one that is clean enough to be used to remove cobwebs. If you go sweeping ceilings and walls with your regular floor broom, you will probably take down most of the webs, but they will be replaced by dirt marks swept on in their place. Also a broom sort of whisks things from side to side, and has no real ability to pull them toward you when used in this fashion For this reason, you are more likely to brush them off the wall and onto your floor instead of actually eliminating them from your house. Your broom is pretty long, and will allow you to reach most regular ceiling heights, but for anyone with vaulted ceilings or ones that measure more than eight feet tall, you will have some trouble getting all the way to the top. In order to get every last web, you will need to climb up higher, or extend your broom in some way. If you do want to try this method, make sure to sweep lightly in order to minimize contact with textured ceilings, and reduce dirt left on surfaces. A gentle sweeping action should loosen and remove most cobwebs, but it will be difficult to clean in tight areas, or remove cobwebs from tight spaces using this technique. Once the job is complete, you will need to use another brush to get all of the sticky debris off your broom, or take it outside to hose it off.
The final technique that is commonly recommended will be wiping with a cloth. This could be a cloth or duster in your hand, or one attached to some sort of extension like maybe a microfiber cloth draped over the end of a broom. Once again, this is a method that will produce results, but it is not without it’s drawbacks, and there are certainly other easier ways to go about it. When you use any sort of cloth or similar technique to remove cobwebs, you are essentially pressing the dirt down against the wall or ceiling, and then wiping it clean. Because cobwebs are coated with oily dirt and dust, you will find it difficult to remove the web without dirtying the surface. For this reason, you will probably have to come back and wipe the wall clean to eliminate the smudges and dirt left behind by the first job. When using a cloth, your hand will be pretty close to the action, so anyone afraid of spiders or wanting to avoid touching dirt will not find this technique enjoyable. You are almost guaranteed to have sticky, yucky webs touching your skin, and the job will not be quick or easy to finish. In order to get high up, you would need to climb, or attach the cloth to some type of extension. When attached to the extension, it will be difficult to apply the right pressure, or control the tool to make the job fast and simple. If using this technique, you would want to attempt to minimize the degree to which the dirt and webs come into contact with the surface you are removing them from. An ideal method would gently lift and remove them while not getting the wall filthy. When finished, you can probably just toss the cloth in the wash in order to rid the clinging debris without touching it too much.
SIMPLY GOOD METHOD
Our Long Reach Duster Set offers one of the best ways to remove cobwebs from any surface in your home, and it will actually make the job easy. Instead of struggling with the less than perfect methods that everyone else is using, you could switch to a faster, easier and more efficient way in order to save yourself time, money and frustration You can forget about deciding between drawbacks when you start cleaning with a tool and method that is more suited to this job. You will not have to worry about things that are too high up, or areas that are too tight or difficult to reach. This amazing set will prepare you for any cobweb on any surface in your home. You will have an incredible reach of up to twenty feet, and the tool at the end of your extension will be perfectly suited for lifting and removing this sticky debris. You will not have to worry about creating new messes as you work, and you will be delighted at how effective this lightweight tool really is.
WHY IS IT BETTER?
The static duster portion that does the actual cleaning may look like a regular feather duster, but it is far more powerful and ideal for this job. When activated, it builds and holds a static charge in the fibers. This charge will literally pull in cobwebs just like it does with other dust and light debris. It will almost act like a vacuum and brush combined as it lifts and removes cobwebs without leaving marks or pressing them down so that they stick to the wall. Once pulled in toward the duster, webbing will collect and hold in the synthetic fibers until the job is done. You can poke straight into a high corner to suck out some web, or brush lightly along a ceiling beam to clean the whole length. You can even twist up large webs like you are eating spaghetti, and it will roll it right up. Despite the large, fluffy appearance, the duster actually has a very slim body made from flexible metal. This feature not only allows you to bend it to any shape you need, it also allows the tool to sneak under large objects, or squeeze between a couple.
No portion of your house will be unreachable when you are using this tool. It is gentle enough to dust the knick knack shelf without moving anything, and it will actually clean all sides of all objects as it eliminates dust and sucks away any webs. All of the fibers are connected to the center rod, but they extend out pretty far to enable you to gently clean almost anywhere. The synthetic material is safe for all surfaces, and when charged will allow you to clean surfaces without even really touching them.
WHAT DO YOU GET?
Our long reach duster set comes complete with one large duster, and your choice of either a 5 foot, or 12 foot additional extension pole. Basically, it includes everything necessary to remove dust and cobwebs from any surface in your home. You can use the duster in your hand for all of the close stuff, or stick it on the long, aluminum extension to reach all of those high up areas. Add on extra dusters to save one exclusively for this job, and never worry about cleaning it, or simply save one as a backup because each one will be fully washable and reusable. For most usage, you would never have to think about washing these dusters, but if it becomes necessary, it is totally safe. When finished with a job like this, we would recommend simply wiping it clean with a plastic bag, paper towel or reusable cloth, and a single swipe should eliminate all debris.
HOW TO USE IT?
Using this set to clean cobwebs in hard to reach places is easy. You will be able to eliminate them from any place in your home using the following simple and effective technique. The key to success with this set of tools is to charge the duster prior to using it. When you do this, the fibers will be statically charged, and able to suck in cobwebs like a magnet.
- To charge it up, simple get a plastic grocery bag and hold it in one hand. Take your duster in the other hand, then sort of grab the duster with your bag hand, and then give it a rub.
- A quick up and down motion will build the charge, and you will know it is ready when the fibers start to stand on end, and the whole duster begins to look a bit fatter and fluffier.
- Once charged up, it is ready to clean, so simply determine where you are going to clean to decide if an extension pole is needed.
- If you do need one, remove the plastic cap from the bottom of your duster handle, and then insert the duster in the end of your desired extension pole.
- Once in there, tighten the tension screw to secure it in place.
- The 5 and 12 foot poles are able to telescope to become longer or shorter, so once your duster is in place, adjust the pole to the correct length.
- To dust or remove cobwebs simply get the duster close and they will suck in and attach themselves to the fibers.
- You can use a gently brushing motion, or a sort of twirling action for best results.
When using this tool, spider webs are easily eliminated with little effort, and you never risk any damage to textured surfaces, or dirt residue left from smearing webs. The long pole will allow you to reach the highest spots without straining, and because this tool is bendable, you will even be able to get into weird corners, or above ceiling fans. Slip it under the bed to sweep them out from there, or shove it between counters and appliances to remove debris from those tight spaces. No area will be too far away to reach, or too compact to fit. You can wipe up the webs by coming into full contact, or simply move over the top without touching as they are pulled into the fibers.
The job is way easier when you use these tools, but you will still be faced with disposing of the debris once it is collected. This is pretty simple to do, and if you use this technique, you can avoid touching anything disgusting. One of the best ways is to take that same bag you used to charge it up, and simply grab and wipe over a trash can. One single swipe should release the webs and allow them to fall into the garbage. You could also use a paper towel, or rag and use this same method. If the charge is still strong, and the webs are clinging hard, give the duster a couple taps against the inside of your trash can to release the charge and make it easier. If the dusters get too dirty over time, you can also wash with soap and water when necessary. This would be overkill for a single cobweb job, but helps the tool to last longer without replacement.
Stop living in fear of what might sneak down from all of those webs on your ceiling. With these amazing tools, and this simple method, anyone can easily eliminate cobwebs no mater how high up they are. Don’t keep struggling with those other methods that only waste time and cause frustration. Try completing this job the easy way, and never contaminate your vacuum with spider webs again.