How to clean baseboards and furniture-

The spring cleaning series continues with baseboards and furniture.

Sofas and chairs

This task is pretty quick and you will be surprised what you find.

• Turn on the lights and open the blinds so that you can see the furniture in the best possible light.

• Vacuum the top of the pillows, as well as the entire couch and chair.

Use a clean cloth dampened with a cleaning solution to wipe your baseboards.

• Then remove the pillows if possible and vacuum every nook and cranny.

The last time I did this job, I found monopoly money, hair ties, a marble, and $ 1.76. I do this task quarterly so you might find better things and more money when it’s been a while since you raised your sofa cushions.

• When pet hair and dirt has been removed from your furniture, take a damp cloth with dish soap and water and clean any required areas on site.

During my last cleanse, I was able to wipe off small smears of yogurt, peanut butter, and mucus (ahem). I feel so much better knowing that my family and I cannot rest on any of the above after a busy day at work.

Baseboards

It’s not as bad as it seems. I promise! Yes, your home has dozens, even hundreds of feet, of baseboards that can be daunting.

• Put your solution in a small bucket. It has to be easily portable as you move around quite a bit. I find that fabric works better than a sponge and can get into the crevices that most baseboards have.

• Moisten and wring your cloth so that it is barely damp, and wipe four parts at the same time.

• Occasionally soak the rag and wring it out to keep it clean.

• Repeat the process until all rooms are ready.

How often you do this depends on how dirty your baseboards are. I can thoroughly clean all of the baseboards in my home in less than 2 hours.

TIP: Nothing special is required to clean wooden or vinyl baseboards. I always find very warm water with dish soap does a great job. What I add to my cleaning solution for this job is a natural scent. This refreshes and lets every room smell. For an amazing smelling home, I prefer all natural materials: essential oils (just a handful of drops of oil will do). My favorite oils are eucalyptus, lavender, grapefruit, and lemongrass.

You can find more tips from Deb every Sunday in Observer Dispatch and on her websites decuttercoachdeb.com and dceffconsult.com. You can follow her on social media and see her TV show Organization Motivation! organizationmotivation.com.

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