Wooster dust eater to clean dust off walls and ceilings
The Wooster Dust Eater is another lightbulb moment for solving the problem of how to clean dust off walls and ceilings, prior to painting.
For the purposes of demoing the Dust Eater, I turned off my vacuum and sanded with the Mirka CEROS. (A picture of how decorating used to be done!)
This triangular body with separate dust-gathering sleeve is part of the Sherlock roller pole system. The Dust Eater clips onto the end of the Sherlock pole, and locks in place with the quick clip-and-release mechanism.
I have a 4′ pole that extends to 8 feet, which is about right for up to 10 foot ceilings. The 2 to 4′ pole is comfortable in a typical 8 feet high ceiling room.
The Dust Eater head is on a swivel so as you wipe the walls and ceilings, it works with you, not against every joint from shoulder to wrist. Very simple and robust construction.
Dust Eater in use
Just place it on the wall and wipe systematically. You can push it tight into corners and edges. As you can see from the photo, the triangular mop picks up all surface dust with ease. (Even with dust-free sanding, there will be a light coating of dust on the surface, but not in the air.)
When the sleeve is loaded with dust, open up a plastic refuse sack, and literally (well, I literally) thump and scuff the Dust Eater with my hand till all the dust has fallen off, and start again.
This was the Dust Eater cleaned off after wiping over a wall which had been skimmed with Dalapro fine surface filler. That is the 2 foot Sherlock GT pole.
How effective is the Dust Eater at removing surface dust?
If you have sanded previously painted walls, I would say the Dust Eater will make the surface super dust free in one good swipe. But wet your finger and wipe over a wall that has been skimmed with say a Toupret filler, and sanded, there will be some evidence of dust first time around. Same with a vacuum cleaner though, so you need to be more fastidious. With this tool, however, it is no effort compared to any other cleaning method I can think of on wide open spaces.
How long does it last?
How long does it last? I don’t know! Well, “they claimed” a year of constant use. I haven’t got that deep into measuring what I have cleaned.
I was happy with how it performed on a period property where we prepared 1000m2 of walls and ceilings.
I have had one knocking around without the moisture-retaining zip-up plastic bag for 4 months, using it on a few rooms in between painting kitchen units. It still feels sticky.
A year sounds very optimistic. Perhaps it would help if Wooster gave a lifetime square metre rating for average use? (Square feet, sorry, it’s an American product).
Why have I not kept the latest Dust Eater in the bag? The zip-up bag is the weak link in the set up. If kept in a sealed bag, clearly the Dust Eater will retain its stick for longer. Trouble is the bag needs a rather more robust zip mechanism. There is a limit to how careful I can be, and zips for me are always a problem. Somehow, if there is a way to break one, I will find it. Velcro, anyone?
Apart from the zip, I can’t knock this clever kit. Faster and more thorough than a vacuum cleaner on ceilings and walls. Even working on a super conservative allowance of one sleeve per standard 4 bed house, it will easily pay for itself in saved labour costs, and hurry a job forward, leaving ceilings and walls prepared well for the next stage, which is what it is all about.
I think I heard talk of adapting the Dust Eater as a wall sander, but maybe I was hallucinating. With that surface area, it would need a phenomenal extractor set-up for anything beyond a swift denib between coats.
If you have experience with the Dust Eater, it would be good to hear your thoughts over on the Traditional Painter forum.
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