We all know that a living room is usually a hub for family activities to deepen the bond. Living room is the place where children play, reads books, and the whole family kicks back to watch movies.
But the problem is that, you’ll find accumulated mess left behind in those occasions – crumbs and toys all over the floor and couch, magazines or newspapers piled on the coffee table, and a whole lot more!
In order to control this kind of mess, just follow this checklist and surely, you’ll be able to get the most out of your family activities while in the living room.
1.) Gather the Cleaning Materials
Obviously, we won’t be able to start unless we have the necessary materials for cleaning the living room. Here they are:
- Your favorite air freshener
- Vacuum cleaner (or just a regular broom)
- Garbage bag
- Empty box
- Lysol wipes (or a spray bottle with 1:1 ratio solution of water and white vinegar)
- Glass cleaner
- Microfiber cloths
- Furniture polish
2.) Picking up and Arranging the Mess
Now that you’ve got all your cleaning necessities at hand, go around and start arranging your stuff. This post would help you organize your mess. Also, here’s an effective daily cleaning schedule to make things even easier.
Place stuff that must be in the living room where they should belong. You can get a storage ottoman if you want to hide things that you don’t like to leave out in the open (well, a regular large box would suffice actually).
Next is to put any trash you find along the way in your garbage bag, and leave it for the meantime.
3.) Remove Dust and Shine Hard Surfaces
If you have any window blinds in your living room, make sure to wipe them out first. Shake your throws, blankets, and curtains to remove dust.
The next thing you want to do is to wipe off the fan and décor, your TV, and of course the light bulbs.To shine any wooden furniture, it’s recommended to use microfiber cloth and a furniture polish.
After that, use a different microfiber cloth and your glass cleaner to polish all the glass surfaces. This must include the inside of your windows, fireplace screens, glass home décor, picture frame inserts, mirrors, and of course your table tops.
Wipe your light switch plates and door handles with the Lysol wipes, or for a cheaper alternative just use a 1:1 vinegar and water solution.
4.) Hanging Items, Walls, and Wall Trim
Your extension duster can actually work to dislodge some cobwebs, but when you do this make sure to run a damp of microfiber cloth along wall trims at the ceiling level. Do the same thing to get rid of any smudges on the walls if you’ve got some washable paints.
On a side note, melamine foam sponges can also clean up walls impressively but make sure to use them lightly since they might remove your paint. As for the final touch, dust the frames of any hanging stuff from your ceiling.
5.) Maintaining your Doors
What you want to do here is just to wipe fingerprints from the hardware and door using a damp microfiber cloth. You can apply some mild soap if you want, and just thoroughly rinse it afterwards.
6.) Taking Care of the Electronics
Just wipe down your TV boxes or stereos using a slight damp cloth, while making sure not to loosen any kind of connections. As for flat-screen TVs, just get a slightly damp cloth in order to wipe the screen itself as well as the frame of the TV.
Remember that it’s not advisable to use any kind of cleaners that uses ammonia since they can get rid of the TV screen’s coating. As for the last part, just sanitize all remotes of your appliances.
7.) Cleaning the Floors and Baseboards
Now, if you’re a homeowner who has carpet floors then you should check out this article for effective carpet cleaning. On a side note, if you’re afraid to clean your carpet on your own, you can resort to professional services around your area.
All in all, if you want to avoid any inconvenience or hassle in the first place, try to maintain your floors clean by simply using a vacuum or even a broom to get rid of any debris or dirt on the floor.
8.) Cleaning your Furniture
To start cleaning your furniture, go and check underneath and between the cushions of your chairs and couch to make sure that there’s nothing important in there. This is an ideal spot to find missing small toys, keys, loose change, and even your glasses.
After that, get your vacuum cleaner and make the cushions of your chairs and soft to get rid of any debris like crumbs.
Vacuum around your heavy furniture and baseboards with the use of the crevice attachment from your vacuum, and lastly clean the floor with the vacuum’s regular attachment.
Remember to move small furniture such as floor lamps and foot stools out of the way and be sure to get underneath the side tables and coffee tables.
9.) Final Step!
As for the last part, you’d want to spray your room with your favorite air freshener in order to remove nasty odors from your soft furnishings and in the air itself.
Now pick up the trash you set aside earlier and throw them away. Of course, you don’t want to forget your cleaning tools, pick them up and store them in their respective places! And you’re all set!
For the most part, living rooms are the very core of everyone’s household. Fun and bonding happen in this special space of the house. So why don’t you put a little work on maintaining it so you can even enjoy things with your family and friends.
You see, it’s not that hard to clean your living room especially that we’ve now shared you this awesome living room cleaning checklist! Simply follow this post, and you’re good to go!
If you’ve got any suggestions to add in our checklist, please feel free to comment down below and get back to you as soon as possible!