How To Take Away Dirt From Your Home With A Clean Brush

I’m not even going to bother making the argument: “I’ll simply wash it off,” but rather, let’s just look at the facts: Dirt on a surface has the same effect as a fine sandpaper across a soft surface.

When you wash paint, paint brushes, lacquer, acrylic, and other fine materials off, it cleans the surface, so that it can’t act as a sponge for dirt and bacteria – even after washing repeatedly over time with soap and water and regular detergents. In other words, the paint is cleaned off; but the dirt lingers, making it hard for you to reuse the paint from a previous project. If you have large areas like hardwood furniture or a wood floor, you might be able to use a mop or vac. If you have small areas, like small walls, that won’t be cleaned clean, a good microfiber cloth can help get the dirt off. If the dirt stays on the fabric, a little microfiber towel with rubbing alcohol and regular soapy water helps remove the dirt at the microscopic level.

Some of these products can be expensive, and they can be harder to find. You’ll want to spend the money on a cloth that can remove dirt without leaving scratches or pitting, but if you happen to have one, here are some things you can do to get the task underway: • Wash and dry the cloth: If you do not have one, wash the cloth with either a clean rag or mild detergent. Don’t try to dry it for too long (or use too much, but this is a personal choice). You don’t want to create holes in the fabric. • Wash it in an iron: Use only soapy water. Don’t brush it on and try to dry it. The iron should be turned off so that the cloth does not stick to it.

• Put the dirt on the cloth with your finger first or on your thumb: This is an easy way to pick up dirt and apply it with a gentle pressure. If you cannot get the dirt off with the first method, you can do it this way if you have the cloth. Just let it run on your palm and gently wipe the fabric with your finger, in a circular motion. Be careful not to rub the fabric as much as you can with the hand that you are using. • Wipe with a small towel: Don’t dry the cloth. Simply run a small towel or absorbent tissue down the interior of the cloth and get all the dirt off. If you have the cloth, a few minutes of this will work. Wipe with a regular or soft cloth – not a microfiber cloth. Note that sometimes a microfiber cloth has a hole in the fabric that allows dirt to get through. Just don’t get it on your hands.

• Rub on the dirt with your fingers, then pull: While not exactly foolproof, this technique has worked for me, and I’ve seen several other users mention that it works. Just make sure the dirt is all of the same type of dirt. Sometimes a microfiber cloth will not work, as the dirt is harder. You might need to use a rag, too. To rub on the dirt:

• Put on the microfiber cloth first: You don’t have to rub the dirt into the cloth; just put the cloth on, with your finger and thumb on the cloth and the dirt on the fabric.

• Run the cloth across your palm: This is like a mop or vacuum cleaner. Just run the cloth across your palm, on your forefinger and palm (like the hand-washing method above).

This helps get the dirt off without making a hole in the fabric when you are cleaning away large sections of hardwood that are stained with dirt from previous work. When the dirt becomes too small, you should use a mop or vacuum cleaner.  

If you prefer using a microfiber cloth, you can follow the above steps to clean it.

You can also do the following tricks to reduce or remove the dirt in your fabric:

Paint: Paint may get off, but you may also leave dirt in the paint if the paint hasn’t dried completely in the dryer.