It can be hard to find the time to clean a home thoroughly, but if you tackle one room at a time you can separate out your cleaning into manageable portions so you can tackle the jobs easily.

If you are going to clean just one room it’s important that it’s done thoroughly because it might not be done for some time again.

Cleaning a living room

The first place to start when you are cleaning a living room is the dusting. Make sure all surfaces are dusted thoroughly. If you have a bookcase or a mantle piece, remove everything from the surfaces and wipe them all down with a damp cloth. Make sure you do on top of items which are hard to reach. If you have pictures or mirrors on the walls take them down and wipe their frames. Clean the mirror glass or the picture fronts with a glass cleaning agent and then re-hang them.

Dust and wipe all the ornaments, removing grubby marks. If you have dado rails these need to be cleaned next. Wipe them over with a damp cloth to remove any settled dust. You can then move any furniture to the centre of the room and do the same cleaning job on the skirting boards.

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