So Tacky

This is so tacky, but I just have to share it with you.

Meet the newest object of my obsessive love/hate relationships.


Tack cloth. Basically, a nasty-sticky cheesecloth or gauze that works miracles and costs less than $1 per cloth.

{Before I go any further, I just want to say that I am not endorsing a brand, I was not asked to write about this product or brand, and I have no affiliation with the sale of this product.}

Tack cloth. Why do I hate it? Because it’s tacky. It leaves a nasty stickiness on your hands. Solution learned after handling it the first time: wear disposable gloves when using.

Tack cloth. Why do I love it? Because it’s tacky. Despite the nastiness it leaves behind on your hands, it miraculously does not leave a stickiness behind on the hard surfaces you use it on.

I know, right?!

I picked up this pack of two tack cloths recently because we had to do some work in the baby’s “room.” Ahem, that’s a post for another day, but I promise I will fill you in on those details soon. The baby’s room work involved pulling out existing shelving, filling in holes, sanding and painting. Hubby used the tack cloth to make sure all the fine dust from the prep work was picked up before painting. It worked beautifully.

The cloth we used appeared to be in good shape, so we left it out in case another use for it became available. Sure enough, a new opportunity presented itself a few days later.

With the baby’s room painted, we were able to buy furniture and start putting the baby’s room together. This led to a little more dust build up in the baby’s room. After putting the furniture together I noticed some dust on the crib sides and dresser drawers. The tack cloth was close by and it worked like magic. But it left a gross feeling on my hands and I needed lemon oil to help dissolve the junk it left on my skin.

Realizing how much I enjoyed using this tack cloth for dusting, I thought just for giggles, let me really put it to the test and see if it would do the real job of dusting. I sampled it and was impressed. I made sure to set the tack cloth aside for a day when I was not already involved in a project and would see if this tack cloth would be worth keeping around.

The day finally came. A wet, drizzly, nasty cold day outside. Perfect for tackling some indoor chores. Like dusting the blinds. You have no idea how much disdain is in my voice when I say that.

I hate blinds. No, I abhor blinds. Scratch that. I absolutely hate them with the intensity of a thousand burning suns. Dust on blinds is just one of those little things that prove that the devil is real and that he’s out to get me.

I will spare you a before picture of my blinds. But to give you an idea, I will admit that I have not cleaned the blinds since we moved in to the house. We are in our 11th month. Confession is good for the soul.

The best thing about the blinds in this house is that there aren’t many. In fact, the only rooms where there are blinds are all in the master suite. One extra large one over the master bed, three normal sized ones in the bedroom and bathroom, and two small ones in the bathroom and closet.

It was those small ones I tested out. Here’s a picture showing you how small the windows are. They are 28 inches tall.


And here is what the tack cloth picked up on two small blinds. TWO.


Gross, amIright?

Also, see that junkiness on the fingertips of my gloves? That’s why you will want to wear gloves when you use this stuff.

So what’s the verdict on the tack cloth? It was totally awesome as a dusting cloth for the blinds! The dust sticks to it and doesn’t just push around from side to side. Dust doesn’t go flying as you wipe the blinds. It literally sticks to the cloth and doesn’t come off. I did have to rearrange the cloth and refold it several times, but that was a minor trade-off to having a dusting cloth that actually holds onto the dust. I was done dusting two blinds in record time.

When I was finished with the blinds, the tack cloth and gloves went right into the trash and I was able to enjoy the dust-free blinds for all of 14 seconds today. At least I may have bought myself another 11 months of not dusting the blinds. 😐

The pros on using tack cloth: It works really well at holding onto dust and fine particles; minimal investment; no rags to wash/dry/fold; small amount of trash; no separate cleaning supplies needed.

The cons to using tack cloth: It’s sticky and you need to use disposable gloves to use it; not sustainable to clean with regularly as the cloth and gloves are trashed afterwards; though cheap, the cost will add up if this is the only method used for dusting. {Unless you dust as frequently as I do…}

So the bottom line, I’m definitely sold on how well this product works. I would most definitely use these again for dusting blinds, as well as for it’s intended use of prepping surfaces before painting. I have only 6 blinds in my house and I think I could have gotten by with using just the one cloth on all six if the cloth had not been previously used on two other projects. I don’t dust my blinds that often, so I don’t really worry about the cost of using and disposing of the cloths and gloves. But for regular household dusting of large pieces of furniture, I will stick with using washable rags and homemade cleaners that work quite well for most cleaning projects.

In case you’re interested, I picked up the tack cloth at the hardware store near the painting supplies.

Coming soon on the blog, goat shed and baby’s room updates. Probably not in the same post.

Thanks for stopping by today, that’s all the tackiness I have for you. For now. 🙂

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Yvonne says:

    thank you for that great tip. I’m getting some today !

    Liked by 1 person

    1. triciasengul says:

      I have a couple of stained glass light fixtures in my kitchen and dining room that I think I will dust with the tack cloth, too. Hope it works well for you Yvonne!


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