How to Clean a Living Room

Has it been a while since you cleaned the living room? If it’s time for a big cleanup, don’t worry. There are many ways to get a living room looking better.

source : Ikea Decor

While we may be doing an excellent job of maintaining our living rooms, occasionally we need to do more than maintenance. Take the time to review what goes into a living room intense cleanup.

Find a list of supplies along with step-by-step instructions to do a thorough cleaning in your living room.

Printable Checklist LIVING ROOM & DINING ROOM

Difficulty: Easy

Time Required: 45 Minutes- 1 hour

What You Need:

Dust mop (preferably with a long handle)

Step-ladder Cleaning cloths

Small bucket with handle Sponges

Vacuum with attachment

Gentle cleanser(here)

Rug shampoo machine with upholstery attachment (optional)

Spot remover for upholstery or carpets (optional)

Here’s How:

Begin with a 15 Minute Living Room Cleanup.

This will clear out the clutter and give you room to do the actual intense cleaning in your living room. Don’t worry about cleaning the floors in the 15 minute clean up. We will do this later

. Dust down the living room ceiling and corners of walls in.

Determine if the walls need washed in dirty spots. Spot wash, remembering air vents, doorknobs, doors, and switch plates.


Dust and clean all art and photographs along the walls in the living room. 

Dust and clean the ceiling fan in the living room.

Take down any light fixtures and gently wash and dry them before replacing. Take down draperies, curtains, and blinds to wash or have cleaned according to the manufacturer’s directions.

Dust and clean out the couches and chairs Dust down and clean all accent lamps and knickknacks in the living room. 

Remove books from bookshelves. 

Dust down accent tables and your living room’s entertainment center.

Clean the carpets and rugs. 

Take the time to clean the doormats inside and outside your doorways.


  1. Gather all of your supplies together first thing. Trying to sort through the pantry cabinet for your dust cloths might make you frustrated enough to declutter the cabinet. It’s easy to forget what your initial goal was.
  2. Partner up with a friend or relative. After you get done intensely cleaning your living room, help her do hers.
  3. Listen to music, an audio book, or a foreign language tape. The time will pass a lot more quickly if you have an enjoyable atmosphere. This is a great time to commandeer the stereo for what you want to listen to. If anyone objects, offer to let them have a turn with the stereo and the cleaning.

Play some music while you clean.This can help you enjoy your job much more. ( Whistle While u work, Seven Dwarfs of Snow white Did it !!) The key to a clean home is cleaning it consistently. At The Messed up home , I  follow a house cleaning routine that ensures that all of my spaces are as clean as possible. LIV1 source: ikea For your personal cleaning needs, I suggest following this simple house cleaning schedule:

  • Daily: On a daily basis, collect any toys, mail, etc. that has accumulated over the course of the day and put them in a pile in the middle of the room. One by one, put them where they belong.
  • Weekly: On one day per week, dust around the room – working left to right and top to bottom. From there, you can move on to cleaning your coffee table and other surfaces. After dusting, it is also a good time to vacuum your furniture, removing and rotating sofa cushions to encourage even wear and increase their useful life.
  • Monthly: Move your furniture and vacuum beneath it. Wash your windows as well (weather permitting, i.e. above 50 degrees). You should also clean your furniture as necessary.
  • Yearly: On a yearly basis, you should evaluate your living room, taking care to de-clutter and dusting anything that is hard to reach (i.e. ceiling fan) using a ladder as necessary. This is also a good opportunity to clean your fireplace if you have one.


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