To start, grab the following cleaning supplies:
- Small, soft-bristled brush such as a toothbrush
- Microfiber cloth
- All-purpose cleaner or wood polish
- Can of compressed air (optional)
WASH LIGHT FIXTURES AND DUST OR VACUUM LAMPSHADES
Turn off lights and soak any removable hardware, such as the casing, harp, etc. in warm, soapy water. Vacuum or dust the shade with a damp microﬁber cloth, using a toothbrush or compressed air to get in between pleating.
WIPE DOWN BASEBOARDS AND MOLDINGS
A damp microﬁber cloth (with an extendable wand for hard-to-reach places) should do the trick. If there are any tough spots, rub them gently with a soft-bristled brush before wiping down.
VACUUM VENTS AND REGISTERS
For regular house cleaning, vacuum with the brush attachment. For a thorough clean, remove metal vents from wall and wash in warm soapy water with a small sponge paintbrush to get into the slats. Before putting the vents back in place, clean as far into the duct as you can reach with a microfiber cloth.
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DUST CEILING FANS, CLEAN WITH DAMP CLOTH AND ROTATE AIRFLOW
For the blades, use a vacuum attachment or an old pillowcase to collect dust. Then, mist a cloth with all-purpose cleaner or wood polish and wipe the tops, side and bottom of each blade from base to fan tip. There is a switch on the side of the fan to change the rotation direction: clockwise for winter months, counter-clockwise for summer.
Vacuum mattress to suck up dust mites, dead skin cells and other things you don’t want in your bed. Launder or dry clean pillows, and ﬂip mattress.
Take everything out, and put out-of-season items into storage. Designate three categories for everything else: keep, donate, and toss.
CLEAN WINDOWS AND WINDOW TREATMENTS
Remove screen and rinse it. Squeegee window, and wash the sills, tracks and casing, using an old toothbrush or compressed air for hard-to-reach places. Vacuum blinds and shades or wipe with a damp microﬁber cloth. Metal or vinyl blinds can be washed in a bathtub of warm soapy water and a cup of white vinegar (be sure to fully tighten blinds before removing them from their brackets), then rinsed and dried ﬂat on a towel. Vacuum or launder curtains, drapes and valances.
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