Whether you’re cleaning a living room used to entertain guests or cleaning the family room hangout, this checklist covers every surface.
Steps to Clean Your Living Room
I recommend reading through all the steps below. All of my house-cleaning checklists are divided into sections for adaptive cleaning. If you can do the whole thing in one session, that’s great. If you are low on time or energy, or you’re cleaning while going through health issues, do one section at a time at your own pace. Or get the family involved, especially if it’s the room you all use.
Equipment and materials
- Microfiber cloths
- Glass cleaner
- Furniture polish
- An extension duster to reach high areas
- Two bags or boxes
- A vacuum with dusting, crevice, and upholstery attachments
- A mop (optional)
Step 1: Straighten up.
- Let the light in by opening all the curtains. Give them a good shake to dislodge dust. If you have blinds, dust them before opening them.
- Pick up the trash and put it in one of the bags or boxes. Set it aside.
- Gather the clutter that belongs elsewhere and put it in the second bag, then set it aside, too.
- Put away items that belong in the room into their respective storage locations.
Step 2: Clean hard surfaces.
- Get dusting. Use a damp microfiber cloth to dust. If there’s a TV in the room, clean the screen properly. Now, work the room from left to right, top to bottom, and dust the window casings, furniture, and decorations. Try to pick up items as you dust them and dust beneath them, too. Be sure to get lamps, including their bulbs and shades.
- Polish furniture with a dry, lint-free cloth.
- Polish glass. When your cloth feels damp from glass cleaner, change to a dry cloth to prevent streaks.
- Do smudge patrol by cleaning the light switches, door knobs, and door jambs.
Step 3: Clean soft furnishings.
- Vacuum soft furniture using your vacuum’s upholstery attachment to get up crumbs and other strange things that accumulate under seating cushions. Next, vacuum the back, sides, and front of your sofa and chairs.
- Vacuum around the base of walls and heavy furniture using the crevice attachment.
- Vacuum lampshades and throw rugs using the dusting attachment.
- Now vacuum the floor using the regular vacuum head. Move footstools, ottomans, and floor lamps as you work and clean beneath them, too. (Yes, dust accumulates around the base of these things and builds up.)
Step 4: Finishing touches.
- Spray the room with air freshener if you’re using it.
- Put away your cleaning supplies and vacuum.
- Throw away the box of trash you’d gathered.
- Return other items from the box of clutter that belongs elsewhere to their appropriate locations.
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