How to Clean a Dry Room

Try this step-by-step method to get rid of dust in a dry room.
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A Trash Can is a Decluttering Essential

A Trash Can is a Decluttering Essential

Photo by: DK - House Works © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - House Works , 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Toss the Trash

Place the wastebasket outside the door to be emptied. When team cleaning, a team member empties all trash. If working alone, empty and replace the wastebasket at the end of the cleaning session. For team cleaning, divide chores between the duster, who circles the room dusting, and the vacuumer, who tosses trash and operates the vacuum cleaner.

Move in Sections

Dusting Picture Frames With Lambswool Duster

Dusting Picture Frames With Lambswool Duster

Dust your home thoroughly. Take everything off shelves, tabletops and dressers to dust. Now is also the time to get to all the places you've been neglecting throughout the year, including ceiling fans, above kitchen cabinets and baseboards and doorways.

Photo by: DK - House Works ©2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - House Works, 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Move around the room in sections, starting at the top. Using a long-handled lambswool duster, wipe down crown moldings, door tops and the tops of hanging photos and artwork. Brighten photo glass and clean windows with a cleaning cloth lightly sprayed with glass cleaner; use degreaser to remove smudges and fingermarks.

Clean Horizontal Surfaces

Use White Cloth to Dust

Use White Cloth to Dust

Photo by: DK - House Works © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - House Works , 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Gently dust knickknacks or decorative items on mantles, shelves or tabletops with a white cleaning cloth, then dust the surface beneath them. If needed, apply a light spray of cleaner to loosen soil on windowsills or countertops. Lean down to dust furniture legs and wipe dust from baseboards.

Center, Vacuum and Out

Close Up Vacuuming Carpet

Close Up Vacuuming Carpet

To keep your carpet looking its best, routinely vacuum spaces to extend the life of your carpet. To save your back, vacuum in short strokes, moving forward across the room. Overlap strokes for even coverage of the carpet.

Photo by: DK - House Works ©2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - House Works, 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

After circling the room and working top-to-bottom, dust or clean any freestanding furniture in the center. Vacuum the floor from the room’s furthest corner to the door and then take the cleaner out of the room. Empty and replace the wastebasket. As a finishing touch, spray room freshener as you exit to leave the room smelling sweet.

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