I hope you all had a blessed Easter with your family. Our family had a great day with my folks and my sister and brother in law. We had a few extra friends at the table and it made it extra special and the food was wonderful as always!
Cleaning Living Room / Family Room
The living room or family room is usually the first room your guest sees when they come to visit. With that in mind let’s start cleaning.
When I clean homes they are prepped by the client, so I can come in and get to work on the deep cleaning. Like my clients it is best to start by picking up all that doesn’t belong in the room, put away papers, books, dishes and blankets.
Like all the other rooms; Start up and work your way down; the ceiling and cobwebs, ceiling fans.
Check corners for dust and cobwebs. I had a friend tell me her mother would always say “We don’t live in a round house, so get those corners!” My mom uses a broom around all the edge of the room. I couldn’t believe all the dust and stuff between the carpet and baseboard.
Dust blinds; you can use a lightly damp cloth or a duster, and then turn to the other direction and dust the back. Pay special attention to the window sills and window corners for dust and cob webs.
I use a paint brush to dust lamp shades, clocks and sometimes the legs and slats of furniture.
Dust with a lightly damp cloth – picture frame, book shelf, entertainment center, tables, lamps all with a lift and wipe method.
Clean any vents or registers. You may have to vacuum out the register to clean them out.
Wipe TV screen, sides and cords. TV’s and computers seem to attract dust like a magnet. You can use a used dryer sheet to wipe and attract all the dust.
Fluff pillows, vacuum all chairs. Cushions that can be rotated I flip and rotate.
Artificial plant- lay on their side spray the leaves and wipe. Let excess water leak out. Real plants may also be dusted every so often. Water them too!
Wipe all doors and knobs, switch plates and even the baseboards
Shake all rugs outside, so you don’t add more dust to the room.
Sweep and mop any entrance way.
Wood floors- I use vinegar and water in a bucket and mop. Take extra care in ringing out the mop especially on wood floors.
Stairs- I use a small hand help vacuum or sweep with a broom. Make sure you get all the woodwork with a broom sweep around the edges of room for dust. My mom taught me to use a damp washcloth to get all the edges of carpet and woodwork.
Do you have animal hair on furniture? You can handle it ways;
1. Wear a rubber glove get it wet and wipe the hair toward you
2. Use duct tape and pick it up that way.
3. Use a vacuum with attachments
4. Hair remover roller
The glove is more frugal!
Then vacuum the room and replace your rugs.
2 Cups corn meal
1 Cup borax
Mix well, sprinkle on carpet and leave for 1 hour before you vacuum.
This is for cleaning and deodorizing.
We are making our way around the house. I have to say it does get easier once you are on a routine and if you have anything to add please share. Have a great day, Candy