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Are you ready to tackle the cleaning jobs in your house? Whether it’s your floor or your entertainment center, we are here to help you with step-by-step instructions! Let’s begin with your living room energizing:
As you begin cleaning, it’s easiest to start from the top of the room and work your way down. Dust the corners of the rooms and the ceiling. Check the walls and baseboards and wipe them down or spot clean, as necessary. Don’t forget to get the fingerprints off the switch plates, door, and doorknobs.
Next, clean the ceiling fan and the covers to any overhead lights. You might be surprised at the piles of dust on your fan blade tops and the collection of dead bugs in your light shades. While you have the stepstool, clean any air vents that are up on the wall and take down the curtains or window treatments and clean them.
Clean your windows, inside and out, making sure to rinse the screens. You can use a vacuum with a small attachment to get the dirt and dust out of the crevices of the windowsill. Leave the windows open and let the fresh air be your motivator.
Now clean off the entertainment center or whatever houses your electronics equipment. Unplug everything and clean off any dust, drips, or spills. Remember to never spray cleaner directly onto anything electronic, instead spray it onto a cloth and just wipe down. Don’t forget to pick things up and dust underneath. Untangle the jumble of cords and make sure none have signs of melting or fraying.
Knickknacks, table lamps, and other decorative pieces, including mirrors, art, and pictures should be dusted next. Again, just use the spray on a cloth rather than spraying directly onto the surfaces of your pictures and artwork, to prevent liquid from seeping through onto your treasured photos and art.
Wipe off the tabletops and shelving, making sure to move everything and clean underneath. A vacuum attachment can be used to get the hard to reach corners. For shelving units, the top-down approach comes into play again, so that any dust that falls will be wiped up on the next shelf.
Now it is time for a treasure hunt! Take all the cushions and pillows off the couches and chairs and see what has fallen through the cracks. You never know what mysteries the crevices of the couch may hold. Grab the vacuum and use a smaller attachment to get all the dirt and crumbs from the cracks and creases.
Clean the upholstery, cushions, and throw pillow of your couch and chairs, if necessary. Throw anything that is machine washable in the washer, as per the instructions. Use a spot cleaner on the fabrics that it is safe for or use an attachment on a carpet steamer if you find the entire surface needs attention.
Believe it or not, you are already in the home stretch for the living room. All that is left is to clean the floors and put things back together.
Grab all of the floor mats and throw rugs and clean them thoroughly. Shake them out, rinse them off, or launder them, as necessary. Consider having larger, more delicate area rugs cleaned by a professional.
If your room is carpeted, vacuum the room thoroughly, moving the furniture to get under and behind everything. If your carpet is in really bad shape, buy or rent a steam cleaner and get the ground in dirt cleaned out of the carpet.
If you have hardwood or tile, sweep up the loose dirt or use a vacuum on the bare floors setting, moving the furniture as you go. Mop or polish the floor with an appropriate cleaning solution and let it dry or wipe it down with a towel.
Once the floor has completely dried, you can put the couches back together and re-hang the window treatments. Take a look around and rearrange any of your knickknacks that seem to be out of place. Light a couple of scented candles, take a seat on the nice, clean couch, and enjoy relaxing in your fresh, clean living room energizing area!