Cleaning Living Room Furniture

by Jill Culley
(last updated October 14, 2013)

Living rooms have a lot of different furniture in them. They can have anything from couches to coffee tables to sound systems and televisions to bookshelves and artwork. With so much furniture in one room, how do you keep it all clean? My living room has all of the furniture listed above and every week, I need to clean it. After all, my living room is the gateway to the rest of my house so not only does it have a lot of traffic going through it, but I always want to make sure my guests are comfortable in a clean room.

I decided the best way to approach cleaning this furniture is to break it down by cleaner. This way, I can tackle one group at a time and get the job done in a record amount of time.

  1. Dusting and polishing. Because I have a lot of wood and artwork in my living room, I like to clean that furniture first. Typically, I dust everything down first. I remove the larger particles to the floor for clean up later. I use Windex on any glass and End Dust on any wood furniture.
  2. 2. Furniture. Most of us have couches and chairs and loveseats in our living rooms. I have a couch and a loveseat and they're both in light colors. I will vacuum them each week to make sure I get any surface debris off of them. I will occasionally spot clean them with dish soap if there are spots on them.
  3. Vacuuming, mopping and/or sweeping. Depending on the floor you have in your house, you should clean that next. Obviously you want to sweep and mop linoleum or hard wood floors and vacuum carpeting. If you have linoleum or hard wood flooring, then first you will sweep up the dust and debris and then run a warm mop with light suds over the surface. You don't want to have heavy cleaners on this flooring because not only does it require two or three clean-water rinses, but if left on the surface, it can actually cause dirt and debris to accumulate quicker.

Keeping your living room furniture clean can seem like a daunting task at first what with all of the different kinds of surfaces that require cleaning. However, if it is done methodically, the work of cleaning becomes more streamlined and thus, a cleaner living room quicker.

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