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Sweep Up with a Paintbrush

By rebeccag
December 17, 2011

A large, clean paint brush works very well for "sweeping" up a potting area.

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Name: Susie
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Aguane
Dec 16, 2011 7:04 PM CST
I use this "tool" for brushing off my potting area, too. Works great!

I have another paint brush like this I use to clean lampshades. I take the dusty lampshade outside, check the wind direction, and begin to brush all the house dust off the shade.
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KyWoods
Dec 16, 2011 9:13 PM CST
Great idea, Rebecca! I've been using a whisk broom, but it leaves behind a lot, so I have to sweep repeatedly. The finer bristles of a paintbrush would be much more efficient, and I hope to remember that next time. Thanks!
Name: Rebecca Gardner
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rebeccag
Dec 17, 2011 12:58 AM CST
Oh, I have some real dusty lampshades, I had not thought of using one in the house. Would probably work on framed art work as well. Will pick up a couple extras for the house, yeah, l need to dust.
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KyWoods
Dec 17, 2011 11:02 AM CST
That's a good idea, too, thanks! My son is coming for Christmas, and his allergies are terrible, so we're trying to get every speck of dust out of the house.
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plantladylin
Dec 17, 2011 11:25 AM CST
This is a great tip and although I don't have a potting bench or specific potting area (I pot up plants out on my deck and then sweep or hose off the excess mess) I do use Paintbrushes for dusting houseplants ... and plants in my terrariums. When I grew African Violets a few years ago, a soft paintbrush was perfect for dusting the delicate flowers.
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sheryl
Dec 17, 2011 5:30 PM CST
You mean you are supposed to clean that up??? Rolling on the floor laughing
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KyWoods
Dec 17, 2011 5:52 PM CST
Hilarious!
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plantladylin
Dec 17, 2011 6:56 PM CST
sheryl said:You mean you are supposed to clean that up??? Rolling on the floor laughing

only when company is coming. Green Grin!

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