The Complete Guide to Cleaning Your Living Room

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​There are a lot of reasons to keep the living room clean. A clean living room not only means you’re ready to host unexpected guests, but cleaning the living room is also beneficial to your overall health. Knowing how to clean your living room effectively can save you time in your deep cleaning as well as in your weekly cleaning routine.

The Living Room Cleaning Checklist

Cleaning your living room isn’t particularly difficult, but it can be very time consuming. Streamline your cleaning process by following these seven steps (and make sure to read our bonus tip!). Before you know it, you’ll be able to move on from cleaning your living room to other things.

1. Start from the Top

It’s generally best to start from the top and work down, no matter what you’re cleaning. For example, let’s say you vacuum, and then dust. Some of the dust is going to fall on the freshly vacuumed floor.

Cleaning from highest to lowest allows you to maximize your cleaning efficiency.

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2. Replace Light Bulbs

While the lights might not the highest point in your room, this is a good place to start because with more light, you’ll be able to see dust and more subtle stains. Of course, don’t replace light bulbs unless you need to.

First, make sure you get the right kind of light bulbs. To do this, you need to know the voltage, wattage, and base size. The voltage and wattage should be written somewhere on your old bulbs, and you can eyeball the size for most common bulbs (you can measure your old bulb’s base in millimeters to check).

Next, turn the lights off—you may need to wait for the old light bulbs to cool down if they weren’t out. Carefully unscrew the old bulb and dispose of it.

Finally, put the new bulb into the socket. Be sure that you’re using the right voltage, as the wrong kind can damage your fixtures.

3. Dust the Room

Before you dust, make sure you have the right tools. You’ll need a damp microfiber or soft cloth and a fiber duster. The fiber duster is best for light dusting—the kind you should do about once a week. One with a long handle can be especially helpful.

When the dust has settled for more than a week or so, you may need to break out a damp microfiber cloth. The wetness will keep the dust from blowing into the air when you wipe the surface.

Some areas might not be as obvious to dust. Look at your living room and think about where dust could collect—things like lighting fixtures, ceiling fans, and wall decorations can get very dusty.

4. Clean the Furniture

Don’t forget to clean your furniture. Your sofas and chairs can be made from many different materials—you may need to check the tags on your furniture for specific cleaning instructions. However, there are a few general practices that should work with most furniture.

Vacuum, using either a hand vacuum or brush attachment. Crumbs, pet hair, dust, and all kinds of things will find their way into your seating. Remove the cushions when possible, and vacuum slowly.

Next, wipe down any non-fabric areas. Then, check the tag to see what material the fabric is made from. Sometimes, specific care instructions are also given.
Finally, remove any stains. There are commercial cleaners available for each type of furniture material. You can also make your own DIY stain remover.

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5. Clean the Curtains and Blinds

Your curtains and blinds can also collect a lot of dirt and dust. Worse, every time they are opened or closed or brushed against, some of that dirt and debris comes loose and gets other areas dirty.

For curtains, start with a weekly shake before cleaning the rest of the room to get some of the dust out. Then, about once a month, use the brush attachment on the vacuum to clean them a bit more deeply. The steps for the seasonal deep clean will vary based on the material of the curtains—check the tag for cleaning instructions.

Most blinds can be cleaned with the same method, regardless of material. Unless the blinds are wooden, remove them before cleaning. Then either use a vacuum brush attachment across the slats or use a lamb’s-wool duster to clean them.

Blinds shouldn’t gather as much dirt and dust as woven fiber curtains do, but it’s still a good idea to clean them once a week.

6. Wash the Windows

Most people spray glass cleaner onto a window and wipe it off with newspaper. Newspaper shouldn’t leave streaks, but this isn’t the best technique. That’s because it will put a static charge into the glass, which will draw dust, meaning the window gets dirty quickly.

The pro-style to clean your windows starts with filling a bucket with warm water a dash of dish soap—you don’t want it to be very bubbly. Next, using a sponge or bristle brush (or strip applicator if you have one), apply the soapy water to the window, working left to right, top to bottom. Wipe it off with a squeegee that fits your window pane size, and soak up any remaining wetness with a chamois cloth.

These methods also work with mirrors. Using spray and a newspaper, you’ll probably need to wash the windows about once a week. The other method should keep your windows clean for a few weeks or even months.

7. Vacuum the Room

First, pick up anything that will be too big for the vacuum cleaner. The vacuum needs time to suck up all the debris, so go slowly. Go away from your body and back, then move on to the next area.

Pay special attention the vacuum you use. For example, if you have laminate flooring, you need to make sure to use a cleaner that has a special brush roller, so you don’t damage your flooring.

Try to overlap the spots you vacuum because the edges will not be as powerful as the middle of the vacuum head. In the living room, make sure to move furniture around so the entire floor is cleaned. Alternatively, you could use a lightweight canister vacuum to easily manuever around your living room, if it is really cluttered.

Don’t forget to utilize the vacuum attachments to get into hard to reach spaces, like behind the TV and in the corners.

Bonus: Consider a Fragrance

Remember candles, incense, air fresheners and other products can improve the atmosphere of your room—and a clean, citrus smell can encourage you to keep your space clean.

Follow these tips and keep up with weekly cleaning and you’ll be reaping the benefits of a fresh, clean living room in no time. Additionally, if you are looking for tips to cleaning your entire home, check out our Complete Spring Cleaning Checklist.

About the Author Allen Michael

Allen Michael is the Founder and Editor of Home Viable, a website that he started to provide readers with tips on home efficiency and automation. He draws on his engineering background combined with his family-of-four experiences for his articles.

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