6 Great Tips for Cleaning Your Living Room
Cleaning the house isn't very many people's favorite task. Yet it doesn't have to be as much of a chore if you do it right.
No matter how often or how well you clean, you might need help with cleaning living room windows or other surfaces. This room has it all -- dust, floors with heavy traffic, and dirt.
Check out these 6 tips for keeping your living room clean!
1. Regular Maintenance
Of course, the best way to clean a room is not to let it get dirty in the first place. If you have trouble forming good cleaning habits, you're not alone. The best way to keep a room clean is to spend a little time each day.
Some people recommend doing 10 minutes at the end of the day. However, with a living room, you probably have higher traffic than that. Depending on the number of people in the house, which purposes the room is used for, and how many are home during the day, you may benefit from smaller chunks of time but more frequent cleanings.
After you finish an activity, pick up the items you were using. For example, if your child was working on a project and left their markers and glue sticks on the carpet, ask them to take them back to where they belong.
If you were folding laundry, put away all the laundry. If there is some that hasn't been folded, put it on top of the dryer or in a basket.
Rather than leaving an unfinished task in the middle of the floor, assume you won't come back to it. Pick it up and put it away instead of hoping you'll find time to return.
If you've been working from home on your laptop all morning and you take a break for lunch, spend five minutes spraying down two of the living room windows. Later in the day, come back and do one more window.
2. Cleaning Living Room Windows
Speaking of windows, have you ever wondered what the best way to clean your windows is? If you have double-hung windows, you've got it made. The tops fold into the house making it easy to get both sides clean without having to go outside.
Yet there is more to cleaning a window than opening them. What products and tools should you use? It's not intuitive, but the secret is that you shouldn't use glass cleaner.
Ammonia-based glass cleaner can leave streaks and can actually attract dirt and grime. That means your windows will get dirtier faster after you clean them with these types of products.
Instead, use soap and water with a microfiber scrubber. Don't ever scrape windows with a razor blade or similar tool, because those can scratch the window and make it prone to cracking or breaking. Instead, use a lot of elbow grease to keep at the tough stuck-on dirt until it breaks loose.
You can also make your own window cleaner with vinegar. Use a 1:10 ratio of vinegar to water, and the same soft microfiber scrubber. Make sure to dry your window thoroughly when you're finished, no matter what substance you use to clean it with.
3. Get Rid of Dirt
There is dirt in your home everywhere you might not think of it. If you have a brief 5-10 minute timeframe and you can't find dirt in your living room, look at the baseboards and trim. Chances are you'll see dust or fingerprints (or both).
Use some warm soapy water to scrub at those areas to get the dirt off. The whole room will smell great, but you'll also see it sparkle and shine a little more without the grime.
4. Consider Extermination Services For Your House
If you notice that there are spiders or ladybugs crawling in the carpet during certain seasons, you may want to consider hiring some professional help with the bugs.
You can get ant traps or other bug traps to hide under couches and behind furniture. Cleaning more often may also help get rid of them.
Sometimes there are also bug zappers that plug into the outlet you can buy. Yet if you can't seem to get rid of the bugs, it's worth it to get some extra help with this problem.
5. Clean the Floors
You're in control when it comes to keeping the floors shiny. Whether you have hard floors or carpet, the trick to floors is keeping at it. Many housekeepers will tell you that the brand of your vacuum isn't most important -- it's how often you use it.
If you hate walking barefoot because there's always dirt underfoot, then get a slimline lightweight vacuum that you can use frequently. Get it done when you feel the dirt, instead of putting slippers on and ignoring the problem.
The more often you take care of your floors, the less dirt you'll have when you finally use floor polish and a dust mop to shine up your hardwood. Then the job won't take as long and you'll have more free time to do something else.
6. Other Tips and Tricks
If the weather allows, open all the windows when you start cleaning. This enables new air to circulate in the room, and it gives the room a fresh smell. You'll also find that things dry faster when scrubbing them with soap and water.
One of the best tips is to keep cleaning supplies handy. If you keep a handheld vacuum in a drawer, it's easy to spend a few minutes sucking up crumbs off the couch in between movies on a marathon Sunday. If your dusting cloth is near the end table, you can pick it up when you notice the dust, instead of making a mental note to get to it later.
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If you need help with cleaning living room spaces, try the tips above.
From cleaning more often to using the right cleaning products on the windows, your living room will stay looking great when you follow this advice.
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