Spring clean your living room now!

Spring clean your living room now!The living room is the place where you and your family spend most time together – you play games, watch TV, read magazines or simply hang out there. The problem is that as everyone spends their free time in this room, usually it is the messiest place in your house – your kid`s toys, your magazines, your significant other`s laptop and so on. Now that Spring is here it’s time for a big cleanup – transform the cluttered space into a cosy and organised environment that will make spending time there even more pleasing. Read on and check our advice on spring cleaning your living room.

  • What`s the first step when you start tidying up your living room? Decluttering! It is way more convenient to live in a place that doesn’t have many items scattered around. Grab a basket and put away things that belong to another room, old magazines and newspapers of which you have no intentions of rereading and other small stuff that is just collecting dust. By creating more workable and minimalist area you will see how easy it would be to clean up and organise. If you have any items that you don`t use, put them in storage and if you don’t like something – better give it away to charity or sell it. The first step is actually one of the most important ones because if you do it properly the maintenance after that would be a piece of cake – sometimes your living room isn’t as dirty as cluttered.

  • What you should do next is dust all the surfaces. Start top to bottom. Usually in the cold months people don’t do it as often because after dusting it is good to open the windows to let some air in. So if you haven’t done this in a long time you may need to vacuum the curtains and blinds before you wipe them down. Clean and cobwebs in the corners or behind desks and wipe down lampshades and picture frames. Dust your furniture and polish them – if you have a wooden table you can polish it with a homemade solution. Mix 2 tablespoons olive oil, 2 tablespoons of white vinegar and few drops of essential oil of your preference – lemon grass or wild orange is a good idea. Wipe every wooden surface in your living room and not only you will polish them to brilliance but a nice scent will be left behind.

  • Clean the windows in your living room – if you want to use a green method to clean them mix 2 tablespoons hydrogen peroxide and 2 tablespoons white vinegar in 2 cups warm water. Pour this in a spray bottle,grab a microfibre cloth and wipe those windows down! If you have a mirror on the wall or a glass table top you can use the same solution to clean them. If the window frames are wooden use the furniture polish mentioned above. For PVC frames use soapy water and a sponge to wipe them down. As cold months usually encourage mildew and mould to grow in the interior part of the windows and frames, you should clean it with a soapy water with a little bit of bleach added – scrub the area well. Don’t forget to wear gloves when using bleach.

  • When you get rid of dust and you shined your windows, it’s time to clean the upholstered furniture in your living room. Sofas come in a variety of materials and many of them are difficult to clean with the usual household cleaning products as they usually leave marks behind. However, there are few simple things to do – vacuum your fabric-covered chairs and sofa. Don’t forget to vacuum under the cushions, too. If you eat on the couch – don`t worry, we won’t judge you, we all do it! – there`s a high chance of crumbs and other small particles hiding in the crevices, so spend few minutes getting rid of them. To clean the surfaces without any risks of damaging your sofa you can use a microfibre damp cloth to wipe the whole upholstery. Have in mind that it is always a good idea to call the professionals in sofa cleaning – after a good deep clean your couch will look like brand new! It is much cheaper to freshen your living room with an impeccably-looking clean sofa rather than buying a new one, isn’t it?

  • Now it’s time to vacuum – move around the furniture in your living room to make sure you will vacuum every dust bunny that is hiding behind the sofa or underneath the table. You should always leave vacuuming for last as by doing this you will suck up all the dust and debris that has fall on the floor during the whole cleaning procedure. However, sometimes vacuuming is not enough when you are dealing with a stained carpet in your living room. You can choose a green way to clean your carpet – use vinegar or hydrogen peroxide. Blot the stain and don’t rub it as you will just spread it. Maybe you will be surprised to find out that a regular shaving cream acts as an all-purpose carpet cleaner – apply directly on the stain and let it sit for half an hour. After that blot the stain and rinse with clear water. You can also call your local carpet cleaners – they may give you good advice on cleaning a stubborn stain from your carpet.

Although spring cleaning your living room may seem an overwhelming task at first glance, you can actually make the messy room look presentable and tidy in few hours. You will see that it is way easier to maintain this spick and span condition all year long if you perform a good cleanup procedure now!

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