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How to Clean a Dry Room

Try this step-by-step method to get rid of dust in a dry room.

Excerpted from Houseworks, by Cynthia Townley Ewer

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.

Trash Can is Must When DeclutteringHouseworks ©Dorling Kindersley Limited 2010

Move in Sections

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.

Use Lambswool Duster To Clean Tops of PicturesHouseworks ©Dorling Kindersley Limited 2010

Clean Horizontal Surfaces

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.

Dust Under Knick Knacks with White ClothHouseworks ©Dorling Kindersley Limited 2010

Center, Vacuum and Out

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.

Vacuuming Carpet Protects Fibers and BackingHouseworks ©Dorling Kindersley Limited 2010

Excerpted from Houseworks, by Cynthia Townley Ewer

Text Copyright © 2006, 2010, Cynthia Townley Ewer, extracts from Houseworks, reproduced with permission from Dorling Kindersley Limited

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