Continuing our series on Spring cleaning, we’ll take a trip to the living room (read about the spots you’re missing in the bathroom here). Thankfully one of the easier spots in the house to Spring clean, it still has those places you might not think of getting to.
Not just under the furniture, but underneath the furniture
When deep cleaning, we should always move all the furniture and sweep and mop (or vacuum) under it. But have you ever flipped your furniture over and looked underneath? This is where dust and cobwebs hide. Take your duster or a rag and wipe the underside and legs of couches, end tables and coffee tables.
Incidentally, I was trying to find pictures of an upside down end table and came across this. It was so adorable I had to share. You can see more DIY doggie beds here. You’re welcome. Now back to cleaning.
Light bulbs, light fixtures and lamp shades
All of these get dusty too. Remove lampshades and wipe down with a microfiber cloth or vacuum attachment. Same with the light fixtures. Then gently wipe the dust off the bulbs with a microfiber cloth.
The back of the TV
While it seems like your flat screen couldn’t collect that much dust, the back of the TV has lots of ledges and curves where dust loves to collect. So when you’re dusting the front, sides and base, give the back a good once over. If you’re lucky enough to have a 75″ screen or it is mounted where you can’t reach it, I recommend Swiffer’s Heavy Duty Extendable Duster. It extends to about three feet for those hard to reach places.
Also called registers, these collect a lot of dust as well. They may be on the floor or ceiling or your living room. Also, don’t forget about the return grille, which is the large vent usually located by the furnace. This may or may not be in your living room but it’s worth mentioning as it collects the most dust out of all your vents. This is because while all your other vents blow air out, this one sucks the air in and recycles it through your HVAC system. Just give these vents a good dusting and be sure to change your HVAC filter regularly to cut down on further dust.
Tops of door and window frames
As I’ve said here in the bathroom installment of our Spring cleaning posts, anything that sticks out from the wall is a ledge for dust to collect. Be sure to dust the tops of all the door frames and windows. The Swiffer Extendable Duster is a handy tool for this. And always remember, when Spring or anytime cleaning, dust from the top to the bottom of each room.
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