Fall Cleaning 101 – 9 Steps to Clean Living/Dining/Family Room

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Fall Cleaning means cleaning the entire house.  We have gone through cleaning the bedroom and the bathroom.  The living/dining/TV/family room is where all the dirt meets, as these are the rooms where everyone “lives”.  If you are fortunate enough to still have a formal living room and dining room, whooooopeeeeee!  Now, how many times have you actually used those two rooms since last Thanksgiving.

Well, Fall Cleaning not only means getting all the rooms cleaned because it is fall, it means also getting them cleaned because Thanksgiving is coming again.  And, we are going to get through all the rooms before Thanksgiving.  Isn’t that refreshing to know?

Today let’s jump right in and tackle the “living area”.  Some of the basics are still the same.  Work from top Image result for picture of ceilingto bottom Image result for picture of baseboardsand inside to outside the room.  Here’s your quick checklist to get these areas cleaned today.

  • Dust ceilings and wall corners for cobwebs.
  • Dust and wash the ceiling fans, light fixtures and the light bulbs.  If you clean the globe of the light and leave the bulb dirty, it’s equivalent to having on a clean party dress with dirty underwear….ugggg–gross.
  • One more “top” item to consider.  Clean the air conditioning/heating vents.  Now that your top work is done, come down from the ladder and start to work on the bottom.
  • Dust and clean baseboards. This means pulling furniture from the wall to get to those baseboard areas that you normally wouldn’t touch.  Remember, all surfaces. This is Fall Cleaning.
  • Wipe down door frames and switch plates.
  • Starting to the right of your entry point or the left of your entry point, move around the entire room dusting, wiping and/or polishing all furniture.  This will depend on the type furniture you have.  Polish that nice mahogany piece, but, wipe the non-wood pieces using Pledge Multi-Use handy wipes .
  • Once you are sure all the hard furniture has been covered, top to bottom and all around (meaning the legs of furniture, sides and back as well), then move that furniture because this cleaning requires that the vacuuming and/or other floor care  be done UNDER the furniture.
  • Vacuum the upholstered furniture.  Dust and wipe the lamps, pictures, what nots, keepsakes, and other items on tables and furniture.
  • After vacuuming, if floors are not carpeted, mop or steam and you are done.

One more room to go before Thanksgiving.  The Kitchen will be next.  Until then, stay clean!

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