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An 11-step guide to cleaning three rooms (yes, three!) in just a few hours or over a few days.
Start with the furniture (tables, dressers, bookshelves) and then move on to the electronics (stereo, television, cable box),
wiping down the outsides with a microfiber cloth. Don’t worry too much about what’s inside the furniture: You’ll get to that
Use a disinfecting wipe. Phones and remote controls for electronics and video-game equipment are germ magnets and are frequently
overlooked when cleaning.
Wipe it all down with a moistened microfiber cloth. If your sofa, chairs, and ottomans seem unusually soiled, go over the
fabric with a dry-cleaning sponge.
Wash with glass cleaner spritzed on newspaper or use a solution of dishwashing liquid and water and a squeegee.
Swipe an extendable duster over light fixtures, ceiling fans, and recessed lighting. (Be sure to turn a fixture off before
you dust it.)
Open furniture doors and drawers and dust the insides with a cloth and cleaner.
Use a low setting and a brush attachment. You can also dust the blinds with a damp microfiber cloth.
Run a duster or a dust-mop cloth around the frames. Spritz glass cleaner onto a microfiber cloth or a wad of newspaper and
wipe the glass.
Using the brush attachment, go over the entire surface in long, horizontal strokes, paying special attention to the indented
or buttoned areas.
Or shake them out over the bedroom floor. This will remove dust and dust mites. Then vacuum the bedroom floor, especially
around the perimeter of the bed, which is a haven for mites.
Use a brush attachment on uncarpeted areas. And don’t forget the hidden spots: Move big pieces of furniture and vacuum underneath.
Appliance wheels or casters come in handy for shifting heavy sofas and chairs.
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