Your Living Room Fall Cleaning Checklist

Living Room Cleaning Checklist Autumn ushers in a wide range of pleasant seasonal goodies, from snuggling under comfy blankets while watching movies to outdoor festivals with corn mazes and hay rides. One of the less popular features of fall is the blustery weather that results in our homes getting stuffy as they’re sealed tight for several months.

If you’re like many people, you’ll likely see a significant increase in the number of hours your family spends in the living room during this cold time of year. That’s why it’s important to give this gathering space a good fall cleaning before you have to shut your doors and windows for the season. The following living room fall cleaning checklist can help you get the job done right.

Ceiling Fans, Light Fixtures and Lamps

First things first, make sure you’re cleaning safely and have someone watch you if you’re scaling ladders, chairs or step stools to dust fans, light fixtures and other hard-to-reach places.

Aside from the height challenge, ceiling fans are easy to clean: Just wipe the blades down with a microfiber duster or cloth. Additionally, you’ll want to switch the direction in which the blades rotate to help make your heating more efficient. In the cooler months, your fan should spin clockwise.

The method you’ll use for cleaning light fixtures and lamps will depend on the design of the features and the materials from which these items are made. You may find the following tips illuminating:

Walls, Décor and Baseboards

Having dusty surroundings in the fall can make the walls seem like they’re closing in on you. Grab a microfiber cloth or duster and wipe down picture frames, knickknacks, coffee tables and sideboards. Next, take everything off of any bookshelves or floating shelves. Dust the shelves, then wipe each item down before replacing it.

This is also an excellent time of year to give your walls a thorough cleaning, from the ceilings to the baseboards. Here are some ideas that can help you send wall stains and dust bunnies into winter hibernation:

Area Rugs, Carpets and Flooring

Spending more time at home means increased foot traffic. Even if you have a strict no-shoes-in-the-house policy, it’s a good idea to give your floors and floor coverings a deep cleaning while you can still open the windows and take rugs outside. This is especially true if you have pets. You may love your pup, but no one enjoys the smell of Golden Retriever permeating the home once the heat kicks on.

You’ll find all the steps you need to clean the most heavily tread parts of your house in the posts below:

Drapes, Blinds and Upholstery

Window treatments and furniture can add color and style to any living room. The also tend to be some of the biggest dust collectors you’ll find in a home. Sneezing, coughing and watery eyes are never on trend, so at the very least, break out the vacuum and all your special attachments and give these a good dust busting.

A deeper clean is always best before closing the house for fall and winter, though. You’ll find the all the finer points of cleaning finer dust off everything from curtains to chaises here:

Radiators and Vents

In addition to keeping your home nice and cozy, radiators and heating vents can circulate dust, dander and other minute debris throughout your home. The same goes for those warm, crackling fireplaces that double as soot factories. Therefore, it’s wise to give these areas a thorough clean every now and then, especially if you live with allergy sufferers.

Check out the following hot tips on cleaning these cold-month must-haves:

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