Room by Room Tips: Living Room
When it comes to spring-cleaning the house, your living room deserves some love.
After all, it’s given you so many good times over the past year!
Give this high-traffic space a good spring cleaning
When it comes to spring-cleaning the house, your living room deserves some love. After all, it's given you so many good times over the past year! Family TV time and game nights. Relaxing evenings by the fireplace. Entertaining guests. Here's how to give your living room the deep cleaning it deserves:
Carpets and area rugs
Spot-clean any spills or stains using a rug cleaner and a damp sponge. If that doesn't do the trick, consider renting a wet/dry vac for an all-over, deeper clean. Finally, use a HEPA vacuum to clean your carpet and area rugs.
Year-round: Vacuum once a week
Start by taking up throw rugs and washing them, either at home or at the cleaners. Sweep or vacuum the bare floor. Using a detergent formulated for wood floors and a terrycloth mop, wash the floorboards. Finish by swabbing the deck with a dry cloth to remove any remaining moisture, which can damage the wood over time.
First, gather up any blankets, toss pillows and arm protectors from the couch. Anything with a "machine washable" tag can be washed at home. If any items need special treatment, spot clean or take to a professional cleaner. If it's time to buy new pillows, consider buying ones with dust-resistant covers.
Next, vacuum any upholstered surfaces. Lift cushions to get at the crumbs or coins that may have fallen through the cracks.
Year-round: Vacuum once a week
Curtains and window blinds
The folds of fabric curtains can collect dust. This is especially true for decorative valances that hang horizontally. Remove the curtains from their rods, and either wash at home or with a professional cleaner, depending on the fabric type.
If your living room has vinyl, metal or wooden blinds, start by dusting with a damp cloth. This task is easier if you close the blinds, so they're angled down as far as they can go. To help keep dust from accumulating in the future, brush both sides of the clean blinds with a dryer sheet.
Do you have fabric blinds? Start by spot-cleaning any stains with a damp sponge or rag. Then vacuum using the angled attachment tool.
Year-round: Dust or vacuum twice a month
Once the fireplace is cold, remove large debris and place them in a trash bag. Sweep or vacuum up remaining ash and soot. Haven't had the chimney checked or cleaned in a while? Spring is the perfect time to bring in a professional to do a deep clean.
Year-round: Vacuum cold ash once a week, or as needed
Lamps and decorative items
Dust with a damp cloth. If knick-knacks have collected too much dust to wipe away, give them a quick wash in the sink and pat dry.
Year-round: Dust twice per month
Once you've cleaned all of the surfaces in your living room, it's time to care for the air. Replace your Filtrete air cleaning filter, which will help decrease the dust your clean-a-thon kicked up. If you want to take the air-cleaning up a notch, run a freestanding air purifier, like the Filtrete™ Ultra Clean Air Purifier. It has a filter that captures up to 99.9% of the large airborne particles from the air that passes through the filter.
Year-round: Change air filters every 3 months
Enjoy your nice clean living room, and enjoy spring!