Guide to Dusting, Damp Wiping and Polish Application

Dusting and polishing is an important cleaning process

It is the aftercare and final touches to leave a surface glistening clean for all to see.

Cleaning, dusting and polishing might seem like a simple task, but whenever you undertake a cleaning project you want to complete it to the highest standards.

Once the solution is deposited, the machine scrubs the solution with a brush or pad fitted to the front of the machine.


Below you will find a simple checklist to follow to ensure that you have all the equipment you need to complete the job to the level you are expected to, and the protective clothing and equipment you need to stay safe from any potentially harmful.


Guide Dusting, Damp Wiping & Polishing
Suggested Cleaning Products

Put on PPE and assemble all of the equipment to be used and check each item for safety. Place warning signs at the extremes of the work area and ventilate the area.

Using a dry, lint free duster or static mitten, systematically dust vertical surfaces, from top to bottom and horizontal surfaces with straight, overlapping strokes.

Re-fold duster as necessary to ensure that dust is not re-deposited onto cleaned surfaces.

Draw dust out of corners and away from the edges of horizontal surfaces.

Do not flick duster.

Replace duster as necessary.

Damp Wiping:
Prepare cleaning solution according to manufacturer’s instructions (always adding agent to water)

Using a damp cloth wrung almost dry, wipe the surface from top to bottom, using smooth fluent strokes.

Rinse cloth in clean water as necessary, recharge with cleaning solution and wring out until almost dry.

Repeat as necessary.

Apply cleaning solution using a cloth, then remove dirt by wiping with a cloth, turning the cloth frequently.

Rinse the cloth in cleaning solution to remove dirt as often as is necessary.

Apply clean rinse water and wipe dry with a clean cloth.

Apply polish sparingly to a surface previously damp wiped and allowed to dry. Take care not to apply polish to any adjacent surfaces. When dry, buff to a high sheen. (If an aerosol polish
containing silicone is to be applied to furniture ensure that the polish is applied to the duster and not directly to the furniture in order to prevent any polish falling to the floor and causing slippery conditions).

Clean equipment, check for safety and return equipment, materials and warning signs to store.



Equipment Checklist

• Cleaning chemicals, see suggested list below

• Measuring apparatus

• Buckets

• Colour Coded Cloths

• Window Scraper

• Warning Signs

• Dusters (lint free)

Possible Cleaning Chemicals

Concentrated Multi-Purpose Cleaner available in 750ml and 5 litre

Hard Surface Cleaner

Cleaner Polish 400ml spray

Luxury Polish400ml spray

Multi Surface Polish in 5 litre and 750ml spray

Safety & PPE

Any cleaning task that includes the use cleaning substances must be approached with care. A safety first approach should be a priority. Follow the bullet points below to make sure you have covered everything and kept you and the immediate area clear of danger

Personal Protective Equipment will keep you safe at all times. Wear PPE as specified within your risk assessment.

Looking after your equipment is important. Although at the end of this task it is a relatively simple operation to clean your equipment. It is good practice as it leaves equipment clean and effective for longer. For instance, wash dusters, cloths and wash buckets wipe and store upside down.  Finally, our guides are designed to help you make a sizeable cleaning task that much easier. If you’d like to see other specific Guides or need advice on any particular matter please contact us and we’ll do our best to help and make you look good.