Its time for our last day in the Living Room. Today we will be cleaning upholstered furniture, floors and baseboards.
Upholstered furniture usually needs a good vacuuming. Start by removing all the cushions and vacuuming all down in the cracks and crevices, then vacuum all the cushions and surfaces of the furniture.
Replace all the cushions. Mix up some of this cleaner and test for color-fastness in a hidden area.Let the soap dry and if there is no fading or shrinking, go ahead and use this soap. Or just go buy something you have used and like.
Add 1/4 c. laundry detergent or liquid dish detergent to 1 c. warm water. Blend with a hand mixer until the mixture is dry and forms peaks just like whipped cream.
With a scrub brush, apply some of the soap and rub it in. You will immediately see dirt forming in the bubbles. Next, take a spatula and scrape the soap off the upholstery. Blot the upholstery with a clean cloth. Don’t add extra water, you could soak your furniture and get it too wet to dry properly.
Allow the furniture to dry over night. You can position a fan to blow on the furniture to help it dry.
Here are some tips for cleaning baseboards:
Vacuum the baseboards using a soft brush attachment.
Protect your floors if you have carpet.
If your baseboards are not painted, like the one in this picture, then be very careful about applying water. Just use a very lightly damp cloth.
If your baseboards are painted however, you can use a toothbrush to scrub the hard to clean areas on top of the baseboard and at the bottom next to the floor, Give it a good wipe down once you’ve scrubbed and then dry the baseboard with a soft cloth.
If you have carpet you know whether or not they need cleaning. I won’t go into how to clean carpet. You are aware of how your own carpet needs to be cleaned.
If you have tile, laminate or wood, then lets get mopping!
First sweep the floor, including under all the furniture. Next, Give your floor a good dusting. If you don’t have a dust mop, then attach a clean dish towel to your broom and go over the whole floor.
Now you’re ready for mopping. Mix up your cleaning solution. Use one of my Homemade Natural Cleaners if desired, and get to mopping! You might not have a mop… so use a kitchen towel or cloth of some kind.
Guess what? You are finished with the Living Room! Doesn’t it feel goooood?
Next week we will begin in the Bathroom. We will organize, talk about how to keep a bathroom orderly, do repairs to caulk and paint, talk about storage, work on the linen closet, clean the tub, commode, walls, ceiling, shower curtain or door and floor.
Have a great weekend!