Saturday, April 19, 2014

Spring Cleaning Series - The Living Room

Hi friends,

I am back with another episode in my Spring Cleaning Series. This time around I tackled the Living Room and it was another gruesome task and it's all on YouTube too!

First things first, let me provide you with a list of to-dos when Spring Cleaning your Living Room:

  • Dust top to bottom including behind and top of furniture
  • Dust frames + clean glass
  • Wash windows
  • Wash drapes
  • Wash all removable cushions and/or sleep-covers
  • Clean fireplace in and out, including fireplace glass, brass and mantle
  • Clean all upholstery with a professional upholstery cleaner
  • Reorganize books and magazines
  • Wash walls
  • Spot treat walls and paint where needed (scuff marks or dings on painted surfaces)

I started with the fireplace because there is no sense in cleaning the living room without getting rid of all the ashes first.

Following an entire winter's worth of cozy fires, the fireplace needed a real pick me up. It was not just the inside of the hearth that needed cleaning, but the glass and mantle too.
I used Rutland Hearth and Grill Conditioning Glass Cleaner to get rid of all the soot that had accumulated over the last five months.

Rutland Hearth and Grill Conditioning Glass Cleaner
That product does an amazing job at removing all the residual soot on the glass panels as well as on portions of the brass frame (though a brass cleanser would have probably done a better job for that). I was even able to remove soot from the mantle.
Next, I tackled the upholstery. We have two boys and two dogs - need I say more?

For the upholstery, I went ahead and rented a Rug Doctor from my local supermarket. Do make sure that you purchase the "no foam" upholstery cleaner before leaving the store.

Rug Doctor
I never thought this machine would do such a great job at not only stain removal, but deodorizing as well! I  will go as far as saying that it does a better job on upholstery than it does on carpet! I seriously recommend that you go ahead and rent one to clean your sofa and sofa cushions, you should have seen the color of the water after only one pass! DISGUSTING!

Overall, this was a tough cleaning chore, so be prepared to be spending an entire day between the dusting and cob web spotting!

But in the end, my living room was entirely cleaned and refreshed.

You can watch the whole process in my coordinating YouTube Video:

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  1. Hi Sophia, another great video in your cleaning series. We have the Rug Doctor in the UK and it is amazing how black the water can get!! You have definitely inspired me to re-establish an organised cleaning programme. Keep up the good work, really look forward to watching you achieve your goal.
    Maybe you will be able to do another "Take a trip with us..." video sometime soon, it's nice to see the countryside around where you live.
    Hope you and your family have a Happy Easter. Lorna, North Lincs UK

  2. You did a great job cleaning off the soot (and the rest of the living room too!). Happy Easter to you and your family!

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  4. Your living room should be as clean as possible, especially if you’re expecting visitors. It’s important to make sure you properly dispose of the dust after cleaning. Anyway, thanks for sharing these tips! Have a nice day, Sophia! :)

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  5. Thanks for sharing those tips! You’ve done a great job in cleaning your living room. Aside from the basic cleaning and replacing the furniture, you’ve played well with the colors on your room. I’m sure your readers would love to try those tips when they start cleaning their own living rooms. Have a great day, Sophia! :D

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  7. Cleaning can be a tough task, if left unplanned. A to-do list is really helpful when cleaning, even if you think your room is just small. It’ll be easier for you to finish the task when you know which parts to prioritize, and what to do after one part is done. Moreover, it’s best to keep your cleaning materials and solutions handy, so that you could clean your space as soon as you need to, especially when it comes to stains and such. Thanks for sharing!

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