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9 Simple Ways to Get (and Keep) the Your Living Room Clean

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The living room is easily one of the most frequented rooms in a home and one that can easily become messy. It’s a space for entertaining friends and family, and a place to relax after a long day. Therefore, it deserves some extra attention when you’re tidying up.

If your living room is in need of a good spring clean, these nine easy ideas will ensure it’s looking and feeling its absolute best.

De-Clutter

The living room is a classic area for junk to gather and it’s important to move items back into rooms where they belong. Consider investing in a shelving unit with doors (which will hide away any unwanted items in a flash) or actively developing habits to be mindful about the items you bring into your home: do you really need it? Are you prepared to dust it regularly?

Cushion Covers and Throw Rugs

Wash or dry clean cushion covers and throw rugs. Throw rugs should be cleaned once every two weeks (to be safe) on a gentle cycle in cold water. Leave to air dry.

Surfaces

Dust and wipe down all surfaces including; curtains, blinds, light fixtures, ceiling fans, and air-conditioning vents. Consider investing in an air-purifying unit or fan. This will help to keep your living room ventilated and from airborne allergens such as dust.

Book Shelves

An awful lot of dust can collect on shelves and it’s an often neglected area to clean. Remove books from shelves and dust with a soft, clean brush.

Vacuum

Vacuum the floor including under the sofa and furniture. Use attachments to get into tight spaces. If you have wooden floors mop them with a microfiber mop after vacuuming. Shake out any rugs where possible. If you are pressed for time, consider investing in a handheld vacuum to quickly pick up animal fur and crumbs.

Upholstered Items

Use a vacuum cleaner, moistened cloth, or specialized leather product for all upholstered items. To clean white furniture, wipe down with dish soap and a damp microfiber cloth. Blot any stains with white distilled vinegar or a baby wipe.

Microfiber Clothes

Can be used to clean gently clean the TV screen and all other electronics, including cables.

Windows

Wash windows inside and out. Use a squeegee to get a streak-free finish. Wipe down any sliding window or door tracks as these tend to be a haven for dust. The same can be done for any other glass surface.

Wooden Furniture

Give all your wooden furniture the once-over with a suitable rejuvenator, such as beeswax.

This article originally appeared on our sister site, Homes to Love.

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