Mini-Series: How Often You Should Clean… Living Room


Your living room is a room where you don’t usually think about the germs in it.  It’s not gross like a bathroom and it’s not teaming with bacteria like the kitchen.  Unfortunately this room is definitely a contender in our mini-series.  This is a place for lounging and now that the warmer weather is leaving us, we are spending more time inside and bundled up.  With sports well underway, there’s also a lot of snacking and possibilities for spills.  Long story short, we should really be cleaning the living room more than we think.


Your couch could be a number of different kinds of upholsteries; leather, suede, cotton, or polyester to name a few.  no matter what kind of fabric you should still clean it, just the right way.

Tips for cleaning your couch:

  • You should clean your couch upholstery every 6-12 months. This is for family/ personal hygiene and also to keep the upholstery looking nice and well kept. )

1.) Cleaning leather:

  • Clean dirt from all the crevices with a small vacuum or a hose attachment
  • Mix a few drops of leather cleaner with equal parts water and white vinegar
  • Take a microfiber cloth and dip it in the solution and then wipe down the couch
  • Wipe down with a dry towel and let it air dry

2.) Cleaning suede:

  • Use a protective spray to prevent spills turning into stains
  • Use a small vacuum weekly to get the crumbs and dust out of the crevasses of the couch

3.) Cleaning cotton:

  • Use rubber glove or a lint brush to get any pet hair off
  • Bang cushions outside to get rid of dust
  • Spot treat stains with diluted mild dish soap.

4.)Cleaning polyester:

  • Vacuuming the couch can not only get the dirt off the surface but also retain the dirt below the surface from sinking in any further into the fabric.

Pet Beds:

Something that everyone loves in their homes; pets.  Something that not everyone loves is their beds.  These things are willed with germs.  Animals groom themselves as much as possible so their beds are crawling with dust and dander.

Tips for cleaning pet beds:

  • You should clean your dog bed whenever you start to smell it. Depending on the size of the god it should be around a 2-3 months.
  • Get all the loose dirt off with a vacuum cleaner
  • Spot clean any stains
  • Run it through the washer on a HOT cycle. If you’ve never done this since you’ve gotten the bed or you can’t remember the last time that you did this then it’s suggested to do two full HOT cycles.

Remote Controls:

The remote control if you think about it is covered in all sorts of nasty things; Cheetos dust, sticky ice cream, cookie dough, or even tears from watching a sad movie.  All in all this is also another thing that you never really think of that you should clean as often as you should.

Tips for cleaning your remote:

  • You should clean your remote every 3 months roughly. This can be more frequent if someone in your home has been sick and you need to disinfect everything.
  • A simple way is with a disinfecting wipe or a disinfecting spray.
  • Cotton swabs and rubbing alcohol go a long way. You can use them to get in between the crevasses and buttons.

There are other rooms in your house that surely need cleaning.  Next week we will explore how often you should clean your bedroom, so don’t miss out!

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