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Living Room Cleaning Checklist
Cluttered floors, stained carpets, and dusty blinds can make people feel unwelcome in a home. Everyone wants to present a clean house to their guests. However, most people don’t have time for that.
They want to clean their living room in a few hours and welcome their guests into a fresh atmosphere. The only question that stumps them is where to begin.
We have a living room cleaning checklist that covers everything from decluttering the room to removing dust from blinds, furniture, and the floor. And the good news is, that you can complete the checklist in a few hours!
Here’s everything you have to do:
- Declutter the Space
- Remove Cobwebs
- Dust the Walls and Surfaces
- Clean the Ceiling Fan
- Vacuum the Furniture
- Wash Removable Upholstery
- Clean Media Console and TV
- Remove Stains from Rug or Carpet
- Mop and Wipe the Floor
- Finishing Touch
1. Declutter the Space
The living room is usually where people relax after a long day. People working from home also utilize the space to keep their work-related stuff nearby. Surfaces like the coffee table and couch are covered with laptops and printouts.
Households with kids have it rough too. As long as they are home, you can find the little ones in the living room, playing with the toys and creating a mess for you to clean later.
So, when you start living room cleaning, the first step is to remove everything that does not belong in that space. From work documents to toys, take everything back to their respective place and appreciate how much tidier the room already looks.
2. Remove Cobwebs
The clutter in the living room takes your attention away from the cobwebs that frequently form in the corners. Once you declutter the space, you see the living room through a different lens. You’ll find cobwebs hiding under the furniture and covering the corners of the walls where they meet the ceiling.
Removing the cobwebs takes you a step closer to a clean living room. Use an extendable duster to cover all corners of the walls and hidden spaces under the furniture. Remove cobwebs from any space that’s not visible right away.
3. Dust the Walls and Surfaces
Removing the dust improves the air quality of the living room. Accumulated dust is no big deal—it’s common if the room hasn’t been thoroughly cleaned in weeks.
If your living room had the same fate, it’s crucial to dust every surface, from window sills and ceiling fan blades to tabletops and wall cracks. Dusting the curtains is also part of this step. So, use a soft brush to remove dust particles from the curtains.
4. Clean the Ceiling Fan
Dusting the ceiling fan is not enough—you must use a microfiber cloth to wipe each blade gently. You can use a vinegar and water mixture to dip the cloth before wiping the blades. It prevents dust accumulation immediately after cleaning.
5. Vacuum the Furniture
While you dust the walls and other living room surfaces, your furniture accumulates dust particles.
Vacuuming is the best way to clean the furniture. First, remove the couch or chair cushions if you have removable upholstery.
Vacuum the furniture to remove dust, crumbs, or pet hair. Use a mixture of vinegar, water, and dish soap to wipe the furniture. For leather couches, use 2 parts of vinegar with 1 part olive oil.
6. Wash Removable Upholstery
Vacuuming and wiping will clean the furniture, but if you want to make sure it smells fresh, wash the removable upholstery.
For family gatherings, upholstery and furniture usually become a topic of conversation. If someone points yours out, make sure they have something nice to talk about!
7. Clean Media Console and TV
Use a microfiber cloth to remove dust and wipe the media console and back of the television. Make sure the electronic devices are off before you start cleaning in this section. For devices, moist wipes will remove the dust.
8. Remove Stains from Rugs and/or the Carpet
It’s not easy to keep the rugs and carpets clean with kids at home. People often let their children do whatever they want until cleaning those surfaces becomes absolutely necessary.
If the entire living room looks clean after your quick but thorough effort, why not clean the rug as well? Use baking soda to bring out the real color and texture of the flooring and vacuum it further for a fresh odor.
9. Mop or Wipe the Floor
If you do not have rugs or carpeted surfaces in the living room (which is a good thing if you have kids!), sweep and vacuum the floor. To make it look cleaner, use a standing mop and wipe the surface with a dry clean towel afterward.
10. The Finishing Touch
The nine steps should clean the living room enough to show a presentable space to your guests. However, you can take it a step further by keeping an empty wastebasket in the room and using a room freshener.
Before you leave the living room to prepare for the meetup, take a final look around to inspect the walls, furniture, windows, doors, and blinds.
Our living room cleaning checklist should leave you to receive some positive remarks from guests. It will only take a few hours to transform your living room and have an immaculate space.
If you can’t spare a few hours for cleaning, give Highland Park Housekeeping a call for a thorough living room cleaning service.