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Cleaning 101

A Guide to Cleaning the Bedroom

A few simple daily acts can maintain a sparkling sanctuary and give you peace of mind.

By Mikkel Vang
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Make your bed right before or after your morning shower. A neat bed will inspire you to deal with other messes immediately. Although smoothing sheets and plumping pillows might not seem like a high priority as you're rushing to work, the payoff comes at the end of the day, when you slip back under the unruffled covers.

Supplies to Keep in the Bedroom


  • Pledge Grab-it Dry Dusting Mitts or Swiffer cloths: for dusting furniture, floors, electronics, and knickknacks. Keep them in a night-table drawer so they're ready when you are.
  • Unger Total Reach Duster (about $5, amazon.com): for tackling cobwebs and for behind the bed, the tops of furniture, and other hard-to-reach corners.
  • Microfiber cloths: the no-chemical alternative for dusting.
  • Clorox ReadyMop: for tile and wood floors.
  • Clorox Disinfecting Wipes: for spot-cleaning switch plates, phones, and doorjambs.
  • Windex Glass and Surface Wipes: for mirrors and windows.
     

Timesaving Tips and Techniques


Delete Dust 

  • After you log off your computer, wipe hard-to-reach keyboard lint with the yellow felt Unger Mini Duster ($3, amazon.com).
  • Use an all-purpose wipe, such as Clorox Disinfecting Wipes, to clean and disinfect the keyboard and every part of your monitor except the screen. Remember to unplug the keyboard before cleaning.
  • Remove fingerprints and smudges from the screen with a dry or slightly damp microfiber cloth. Do not use any chemical cleaners on the screen.

    Chat and Clean
    When you're on the phone with your mother-in-law and she is telling you one of her endless stories for the umpteenth time, pull out a wipe and clean your mirrors.

    Ready When you are
    Keep Pledge mitts, Swiffer cloths, or a microfiber cloth in a night-table drawer so you can quickly dust your bedside tables, dresser, and headboard.

    Dust Gently
    Use your blow-dryer to remove dust from lampshades and delicate curtains.
 
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