White gloves being used to test the thoroughness of a cleaning job. If you run your finger across the mantelpiece, shelf, or back of a chair and if it comes back clean, you know a good job was done. TruthInTelevision (the basic motion, with or without the gloves).

This doesn't require gloves. A cloth will do. Yet old money characters will use their HighClassGloves for this.

* On ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler'''s first day, he does this so well (to a window ledge, but same principle) that the maid says (at least in the sub) "Very thorough in the smallest places."
* In ''Anime/FullMetalPanicFumoffu'', Commander Mardukas performs the test on a windowsill in Sousuke's classroom while touring the school in preparation for Tessa's visit. Criticizing Sousuke's cleaning at school (and later at home) is just another aspect of his OverprotectiveDad tendencies.
* In ''Manga/EngagedToTheUnidentified'', Mashiro does this to the windowsill in her room upon first moving in. She's disappointed to find no dust, as her host family is particular about such things.

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* ''Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs'': Grumpy does this when the dwarfs arrive home and are surprised to find their cottage clean.

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* ''Film/MaryPoppins'': "Well, it's not exactly Buckingham Palace. Still, it's clean."
* ''Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan'': Admiral Kirk does it in engineering during his inspection of the ''Enterprise''.

* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'': Nanny Ogg uses this test after her daughters-in-law clean her house.
* In Carole Nelson Douglas' ''Spider Dance'', Sherlock Holmes is asked to investigate a matter in the home of William Kissam Vanderbilt. Holmes comments on the cleanliness of the house (he's actually chagrined that so much evidence is lost), and it is noted that Mrs. Vanderbilt tests the cleaning staff's efforts this way and fires those who fail.
* Creator/RoaldDahl wrote about a prefect at his BoardingSchoolOfHorrors who would do this after having his [[ButtMonkey fags]] clean his study.

* '' Navy [=SEALs=]: BUDS Class 234'', a documentary on basic training for U.S. Navy SEALS. In one episode the instructors perform an inspection of the candidates' rooms, including a white glove test on the room's furnishings to see if they're clean.
* In ''Series/UpstairsDownstairs'', Rose the head house and parlour maid does this to see if the new girl Sarah has done passably or not.
* Hyacinth Bucket ([[InsistentTerminology pronounced]] [[ItIsPronouncedTropay "bouquet"]]) from ''Series/KeepingUpAppearances'' does this on occasion. She's [[NeatFreak rarely impressed]].
* In an episode of ''Series/HannahMontana'', Jackson, disguised as a health inspector in an attempt to get his Mamaw to quit as school lunchlady, tries this. It fails spectaculary (He even despairs "They're cleaner then when I put them on!"
* In ''Series/BlackBooks'', when Manny brings in a professional cleaner to clean the shop, he puts on a pair of white gloves and wipes a finger through the air. The finger of the glove turns black.
* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration,'' "Ensigns of Command." The Sheliak are hailing the ''Enterprise'', but Picard makes them wait by going over to the dedication plaque and performing the WhiteGloveTest gesture. This confuses Worf but amuses Riker. Remember that the ''Enterprise'' is a contained environment and dust is unlikely to ''ever'' settle on the dedication plaque unless things have gone horribly wrong. See this in action [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ILbLGNDqUxA&t=1m45s here]].
* In an episode of the short-lived ''Private Benjamin'' TV series (based on the 1981 Goldie Hawn movie), [[CynicalMentor Captain Lewis]] conducts an unannounced white glove test on the company barracks [[ForegoneConclusion with a pre-dirtied glove]].

* In ''VideoGame/LuigisMansion'', one of Luigi's comments while inspecting one of the rooms is to remark that [[ExtremelyDustyHome this house would never pass]] the white glove test.

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* In the [[WesternAnimation/StrawberryShortcake "Bitch Pudding"]] short of ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'', the titular [[UnfortunateNames Bitch Pudding]] suddenly barges into a Strawberry Shortcake's house, runs a finger across a counter while walking to the fridge to bum a can of soda, and scoffs at the result.

* An UrbanLegend from the army about an officer who liked to do this. Whenever he found dust (and he always did), he would blow it into the face of the poor grunt and ask "Can you still see me?" One day, one of them retaliated by slapping both his hands on the officer's ears and ask back "Can you still hear me?"
* Part of the ritual for the Changing of the Guard Ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington Cemetery is the Relief Commander (who do wear white gloves) ostentatiously checking every part the incoming Guard's rifle.