The living room is often where family and friends visit and where you spend most of your time relaxing. With the colder weather approaching, you may find yourself spending more time indoors, so you’ll want to get your living room in a more livable condition.
Here are some quick tips to keep your living room clean and tidy on a regular basis.
Ceiling fans, light fixtures, and HVAC vents
As usual, when cleaning a room, start at the top so that any dust you dislodge falls on surfaces not yet cleaned. There are many ceiling fan dusters on the market that allow you to reach the blades. Be sure to get the top of the unit as well as any lights. You may need to use a ladder if the dust has accumulated to a point that it requires some elbow grease. Use the same tools to rid your light fixtures and vents of dust.
Conquer your couch
It’s important to check the fabric labels and follow the instructions if you’re looking to do a deep cleaning. But there are a few things you can do regardless of the style of the couch. First, remove the cushions. Then, using a dry cleaning sponge, go over the pillows. Real Simple states this will remove dirt and oil. Next, vacuum inside the structure to pick up grime, hair, and crumbs. Finally, lift the furniture and dust the feet.
Clear off the coffee table
Rather than having your remote controls scattered across the surface of your table, place them in a small decorative basket. Add a pop of color to your living room by adding some fragrant flowers or a bowl of fresh fruit as a table topper instead.
You can actually use beer to tackle this task. First, pour the beverage onto a soft cloth and wipe down the surface. Finally, dry the area with a new rag and revel at the shiny results.
Wash those windows
First, mix one to two teaspoons of dish detergent in a large bucket of warm water. Then, using a squeegee, run it along with the entire screen, making sure to wipe off the studs horizontally. Don’t forget to clean the blade off on a microfiber cloth after each swipe.
Wipe fingerprints from the door and hardware with a damp cloth, adding a mild soap if necessary, and then rinsing.
Wipe down any stereo or TV boxes with a slightly damp cloth, taking care not to loosen any connections. To clean a flat-screen TV, use a microfiber cloth to wipe the screen itself and the surrounding frame. Do not use any cleaners with ammonia, as they can remove the screen’s coating. While you’re working on the electronics in your home, sanitize all remotes.
Baseboards and Floors
How you clean your floors depends on their material. If you get your carpet professionally cleaned twice a year, as you should, schedule the professionals to come after you have tackled this room so that you don’t just push dust onto a freshly cleaned floor. No matter the material, though, start cleaning this level of the room by dusting the baseboards. Again, melamine foam sponges are a great way to remove scuffs and other marks but use them gently.