Around the House | June 3, 2014
Summer is nearly here and you have finally worked through most of the projects on your spring cleaning checklist. ezStorage has provided many simple spring cleaning tips in our “Ultimate Spring Cleaning Guide”. Now, there are just a few more rooms left to conquer on your spring cleaning checklist: the living room and dining room. Both rooms have a similar cleaning “must dos”, (listed below), such as cleaning the carpets, walls and windows, however they also have some different focal points. The living room is the most lived-in room in the house other than your bedrooms. While you might clean your living room on a daily or weekly basis, there are still some items that get neglected. Living room organization projects are usually an ongoing process. The dining room could be the easiest room to clean in the home because it might not be used very often, especially if it is a more formal dining room. Most families will have eat-in kitchens and only used the formal dining room for holidays. Below are great tips on how to finish your yearly spring clean projects by cleaning your living room and dining room: How to Clean a Living Room 1. Dust the ceiling, all wall corners and vents. 2. Vacuum chairs, sofas and other furniture with vacuum attachments. Make sure to do a deep clean with the attachments to get all of the items that have fallen into the crevices of the couch cushions! 3. Dust book shelves, accent tables and entertainment centers. Make sure to remove the books and knickknacks and dust them individually before putting them back on the shelf. 4. Dust and clean artwork and photographs. However, never spray cleaners directly on the frame. The liquid can seep behind the glass and damage the pictures. Instead, lightly wet a clean cloth to wipe the frame and glass. 5. Take down draperies, curtains and blinds to wash or have cleaned according to the manufacturer’s directions. 6. Clean the carpet and rugs. You can do this on your own by renting the appropriate machine for your carpet or spot treat the carpets if they are lightly soiled. Always refer to the manufacturer’s directions and if the task is too big or you have any doubts, call in the carpet cleaning professionals. 7. If you have a slip cover on your couch, remove it at least twice a year and have it dry-cleaned or washed. Don’t forget to pre-treat any stains. 8. Don’t neglect your fireplace! Have a professional chimney sweep clean the chimney and remove creosote build-up at least once a year. How to Clean a Dining Room 1. Dust and clean the ceiling fan. Consider putting a pillow case on a swifter and use that to clean the blades on the fan. 2. Take down light fixtures covers and gently wash and dry them. Hand wash the parts of the chandelier and consider shutting off the electricity at the junction box to avoid any possibility of electrocution. 3. After taking down draperies or blinds, vacuum the window sills. Wash inside and outside the windows. Also, take out the window screens and rinse them off before placing back in the window. 4. Wash down the dining room table, chairs and other furniture. Use oil and wax for wood furniture. Spot clean the upholstery on the dining room chairs. 5. Clean the carpets. For wood floors, make sure to dust mop, then clean the floors with Murphy’s Oil or another cleaner as recommended by the floor manufacturer. 6. Dust the buffets or shelving in the room. Make sure to remove the items in the buffet and individually dust or wash each item. 7. Clean the baseboards of the room with a damp rag. Baseboards can accumulate a lot of dust. 8. Clean light switches with disinfecting wipes. Follow these steps on how to clean a living room and dining room and you’ll be on your way to a perfectly cleaned home until your next major cleaning project comes around.