Here are my 7 best living room cleaning tips for finding hidden dust and germs on the family room essentials you touch every day.
Are you loving this Spring Cleaning Series so far? I’m having so much fun putting together my best tips, room by room, and today’s a really good one. I’m talking all about the Living Room. Or family room or den or sitting room…whatever you call it, it’s the room your family spends the most time hanging out in. And with all that constant activity, it’s really important to keep it extra clean.
Spring Cleaning Binge Series: Day 5-Living Room
Your Living Room May Be Dirtier Than You Think
There’s not really much to clean outside the norm in your living room, right? Wrong. These 7 things often get forgotten during your Saturday morning cleanings sessions, and usually it’s cool to skip them every once in a while, but if it’s been months since you’ve cleaned these, you’ve got some work to do.
7 Things You Forgot To Clean In Your Living Room
1. Remote Controls
TV remotes, stereo remotes, and video game controllers get daily use. But our hands aren’t always the cleanest, especially if we’ve been sick lately or shaking hands at work, so chances are your remotes are full of ickies you didn’t even know were there. Bash the germs by disinfecting them with a Clorox wipe and using a can of air to get rid of crumb buildup around buttons.
Also take a minute to check the battery compartment to make sure there’s no battery corrosion happening.
Coasters get a lot of use, too. I have no idea how coasters can get dirty and sticky, but it always seems to happen. If you have rubber coasters, you can pop them in the dishwasher during your next wash cycle. If your coasters have cork on the bottom, you’re better off wiping the tops with a disinfecting wipe to avoid damage.
3. Under Sofa Cushions
Unless your kids have been scrounging for change lately, under your sofa cushions may not have been touched for a very long time. Use a vacuum’s hose attachment to clean the inside of the sofa, and rotate the cushions as you replace them. Opt for rotating (and flipping if you can) the cushions once a month to promote even wear. Here’s more tips on what you can use the vacuum attachments for.
4. Pillow Covers
You probably wash your throw blankets regularly, but pillow covers can get dirty, too. Especially if you take occasional naps on your sofa. Those pillows are full of oil, drool, and pet dander…gross. Check the tag inside for washing instructions and give those babies a good wash.
5. Under The Rug
It seems silly, but even under a rug can get dirty. Walking on the rug frequently causes the underside to shed, and those little specks can scratch hardwoods, even if you have a rug pad. Pull up your rug and non-slip pad, sweep and mop the area, and rotate the rug when you put it back for even wearing.
6. Books And Knick-Knacks
Dust can pile up on these and no amount of Swiffer swiping will ever get it all. Every once in a while, clean each decor item by hand with a solution that’s safe for the material. Wipe down books with a microfiber cloth, and you can even use the vacuum hose attachment with the soft brush on vintage fabric covered books.
Did you know that dust on leaves can slowly kill your plant babies? Caked-on dust can keep the plant from getting the amount of oxygen it needs. Here’s a post on how to clean all types of plants to keep them safe and happy.
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