History The History of Dust Mitigation

Dust Mitigation is a term used for “controlling dust” and has been a household question for most homemakers for as long as there have been homes. People have tried many different “solutions” to eliminate the dust from their home. Unfortunately, many of these solutions end up just spreading the dust around and into the air. The feather duster is just one example of a tool that is commonly used for dusting, but can just as easily spread the dust into the air. Often times when dusting it is easy to start sneezing, itching your eyes, or even come down with a cold shortly after cleaning. If this is your story, you should probably think about using a Dust Bender for Dust Mitigation. Here’s the brief history of Dust Mitigation and its evolution.

It was not until 1870 that the original idea for a feather duster was conceived. A farmer in Jones County Iowa brought a bundle of turkey feathers into a factory and asked if they could be used to assemble a brush. E.E. Hoag used these feathers to invent the first feather duster and in 1874, the Hoag Duster Company was founded. He became the pioneer of dust control.

Also in 1874, but hundreds of miles away, Susan Hibbard of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin also used turkey feathers to file a patent in the United States and, after many legal battles with her husband, was granted patent number 177,939 for the feather duster, giving the National Feather Duster Company a priority patent and leg up in dust management.

About 30 years later, in 1903, Harry Beckner created the first ostrich feather duster as a missionary working in a broom factory in South Africa. He used the ostrich feathers to clean up dust around his shop by tying the feathers to a broom handle. The first ostrich feather duster company in the US, the Beckner Feather Duster Company, was started in 1913 and is still in operation today.

Feather dusters have been sold from the end of the 19th century, throughout the 20th, and into the 21st century as an effective dust management tool. Ostrich feathers survived the technology age with electronics because they resist static electricity, providing a safe tool for managing dust around computers.

The government has also enacted several laws in an attempt to assist in reducing unnecessary exposure to dust. In 1943, the National Fire Protection Association initiated NFPA654 as a standard for the prevention of fire and dust explosions from manufacturing, processing, and handling of combustible solids. In 1970, the OSHA ventilation standard (29 CFR 1910.94) was enacted and created requirements for certain types of operations which involve dust. OSHA 29 CFR 1910.22 has sections that require employers to keep work areas clean, specifically in the removal of dust accumulation. 

Several common articles indicate that only 100% ostrich-down feathers reliably attract dust. But where does the dust go when you’re done dusting? This is why the Dust Bender is such a unique product. (Wanna see it in action? Click here.) It actually gets dried dust and other dust that is stuck to the surface up into the air (with a blast from the car of compressed air) and then collects and removes the dust with the suction power of the vacuum.

We’ve been told that our product, the Dust Bender, is revolutionizing Dust Mitigation almost 150 years after the first patent for a duster was filed.

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