First off, I want to thank everyone who provided great advice and suggestions in the comments section regarding my sensor-cleaning paranoia. Much appreciated!
I was at the local mall yesterday on a Christmas shopping mission. While there, I stopped by a photography store, Ritz Cameras. Ritz is a retail chain, mostly serving the photography needs of non-pro/non-serious-hobbyist consumers who are more of the "I just need a camera to take snapshots" consumer. I asked the pretty young thing working the counter (probably seasonal help) if they had any sensor-cleaning products. "No," she said. "But we have stuff to clean lenses."
"You don't stock anything to clean sensors?" I asked.
"Nope," she replied, "But there's a real camera store across the street."
"Thanks," I politely said and decided to head over to the "real" camera store.
The "real" camera store turned out to be a local retailer who stocked a fair amount of pro gear: Everything from medium format cameras to the highest quality glass for Canon and Nikon products. Once again, I asked if they stocked any sensor-cleaning products.
"No," was the reply.
"You don't stock anything to clean sensors?" I again asked, this time a bit more incredulously.
"We have brushes," the middle-aged retailer replied.
"I don't want to just push the dust around, I want to clean it off," I responded.
"Sorry," he said. "But we don't stock any of those products."
"Why not?" I asked.
"Because Canon and Nikon don't support any of them," he said.
"Well, what do Canon and Nikon recommend?" I asked.
"They don't," he said. "Basically, they act like the problem is a non-problem. They don't seem to want to endorse any product or process to clean sensors and, until they do, we're not stocking any sensor-cleaning products except brushes." (Note: He wasn't talking about sensor-cleaning brushes, like those from Visible Dust, he was talking about simple brushes and brush/bulb combos like those used in lens cleaning kits.)
"Holy Moly," I thought to myself, my sensor-cleaning paranoia now re-fueled.
"But I'm sure you can find something on-line that will help," he added.
I don't know what all this means. Obviously, the electro-static environment sensors exist in attracts dust and it is a problem. But not enough of a problem, it seems, for the two, premier, manufacturers of dSLRs to take an official stand on... at least, with retailers. Am I missing something here?
The model at the top of this post is Page. She's made-up and wardrobed as sort of a combination Goth-like/Kabuki-like Queen of Hearts for a recent Alice in Wonderland-ish production I worked on. MUA was Zenova.