How To Deep Clean Any Room For A New Fall Reset
I know that traditionally spring is the time when we’re supposed to go home with a song in our hearts and a broom in our hands, but just like I’m more likely to take on new interests in the fall (this back- feeling d ‘going to school), I’m also more prone to deep cleaning. We’re starting to spend more time indoors in order to notice the dust and dirt accumulated from summer, and spiders are arriving to adorn every corner of their webs – so if we’re not careful, every day feels like Halloween. .
So this week I’m writing about how to deep clean a room, any room, because the principles are the same although the details may be different. The calming properties of a perfectly clean room cannot be understated, and once achieved, it’s much easier to maintain control of every space – just the regular pickup, flick of the duster, and the hiss of the duster. The vacuum cleaner should keep everything looking good for weeks to come.
To pick up
Sort and lighten the clutter of the surface. Get rid of anything you don’t like anymore and put things that don’t belong in this room to their place. If you can, put whatever you want back into the room on trays or boxes and place them in the hallway while you clean all surfaces. Empty all wastepaper baskets.
Welcome to the top bottom
- Work from top to bottom so that all the dislodged dust is removed as you walk down to the floor. Use a duster on a telescopic pole to dust ceilings (spider web), light fixtures, moldings, walls and baseboards. Something like the Telescopic Static Duster, £ 9.99 from Lakeland.co.uk is just the ticket. You can also use a vacuum cleaner with an appropriate attachment for some of these tasks.
- Now is a good time to clean stains from the walls with a microfiber cloth dampened with a little dishwashing liquid diluted in hot water and wrung out well. Go carefully, trying little by little. You may damage the finish or end up with a light stain that is more troublesome than the problem you were trying to solve.
- Use the crevice tool of your vacuum cleaner to suck up dust along the baseboards and wash off the paint using a multi-purpose detergent diluted in lukewarm water.
- Don’t forget to wash or polish the door furniture and dust off the switches as well. If the light switches are dirty enough that they need to be cleaned with a damp cloth, turn off the power first.
Window coverings and upholstery
I am obsessed with clean windows because they instantly make a room much more cheerful and neat. Vacuum the rails and thresholds, then start working on the glass. Dust with a microfiber cloth to remove excess surface dirt, then dilute distilled white vinegar in barely lukewarm water: one part vinegar to 10 parts water. Decant the mixture into a spray bottle and spray all over the glass, then dry buff with a clean microfiber cloth. Wash sills and frames.
Use of the upholstery accessory of your vacuum cleaner, vacuum cleaner for curtains and blinds. If they are particularly dirty, wash them or have them dry-cleaned.
Wash or dry clean throws, cushions and all loose upholstery, including pet beds.
On the shelves
Take everything off the shelves (it’s a huge heart sink, I know, but you really only need to do this once a year). Thoroughly dust the shelves and wash them if needed. Dust off ornaments and photo frames. Clean the glass of photo and photo frames by squirting the smallest amount of cleaning solution on a microfiber cloth, then going onto the glass. Never spray the glass directly as the liquid can seep under the frame and damage the image and / or the mat.
Take your books and gently knock them together – this is called buffeting – to help remove dust, the enemy of the pages everywhere. Dust the covers with a microfiber cloth before putting them back on the shelves.
Vacuum vigorously, more closely than you would in your normal weekly routine. Clean wooden floors with a cleaner suitable for the surface, then buff and buff if that’s what you are doing. Consider if they need a new coat of stain, varnish, or paint. Do your rugs and carpets need to be cleaned? Bring in the professionals or hire a carpet cleaner from a company such as Rugdoctor.co.uk. If you can, the rugs benefit from being beaten on the outside the old fashioned way. Hang them over the clothesline and wash out your frustrations with a carpet beater, like the one from Gardentrading.co.uk, £ 14. You can also give the curtains the same treatment. Like all of us, a little fresh air will do them good.
Clean all electronic devices, making sure they are turned off first. Spray a little disinfectant spray on a microfiber cloth and wipe over screens, keyboards and cables. Remotes and all handsets can be particularly infested with germs, so be sure to clean them as well.
Final thoughts …
If you have a chimney, now is the time to have it swept. There is nothing comfortable about a soot drop just as you settle into a good book or a box.
Dear Debora … answer your questions
Q How do I remove a stain of tomato sauce from a beautiful linen shirt?
– Mary Miller, Edinburgh
This is for future reference, but when the stain is fresh, scrape off the excess tomato, then flood the stain with distilled white vinegar. Leave on for 15 minutes then wash as usual. Check that the stain is gone before putting the clothes in the dryer, as this will fix any stain that remains. Repeat if necessary. For an older stain, soak in vinegar as above, then make a paste from equal parts vinegar and baking soda and rub it in. However, if I’m in a rush I use laundry detergent or pure dish soap as often as I don’t, rub it on the stain and leave it on for 15 minutes before washing as usual.
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