The living room is often labelled the heart of the home. The clue is in the name: “living” – it’s where family, pets and friends gather, as well as often being the place to relax and unwind.
The living room is arguably the most used room in the home, gathering all sorts of germs as well as a lot of dust and allergens that can start to settle if not cleaned frequently. Here’s Lysol®’s guide to looking after your living room, so that it’s clean, freshened and disinfected for you and your guests.
How to clean a living room checklist
Keen to ensure your living room is as clean and tidy as can be? Take a look at our checklist below for all the tips and tricks you need, thanks to Lysol®.
How to clean your soft surfaces
Soft surfaces such as your couch and throw pillows are hotspots for dust mites. We would recommend running your vacuum over any areas you can to pick up as many dust mites as possible, then sanitize and disinfect using our Lysol® Max Cover Disinfectant Mist. This will kill 99.9% of bacteria on your big soft surfaces and deliver odor control, leaving behind a light fresh scent:
Step 1: Pre-clean surfaces prior to use.
Step 2: Spray 6 to 6 seconds until surface is wet.
Step 3: Let stand for 30 seconds then allow to air dry.
Alternatively, if you have fabric sofas that can be machine washed, you can use a laundry sanitizer such as Lysol® Laundry Sanitizer. This is not only specially formulated for soft and delicate fabrics without harsh chemicals, but stops your sofa from simply looking clean – and makes sure that it’s sanitized too:
For standard machines – Add 2 capfuls, each filled to line 1 of the dosing cup, to the fabric softener compartment or directly to your rinse cycle wash.
For HE machines – Add 2 capfuls, each filled to line 2 of the dosing cup, to the fabric softener compartment or directly to your rinse cycle wash.
How to wipe down the TV remote and other electronic devices
As your TV remote is passed around your living room from person to person, so are the germs that lurk on its surface. To clean your TV remote, simply wipe it down with a Lysol® Disinfecting Wipe. To clean other electronic devices, simply follow the steps below:
Step 1: Disconnect or remove its batteries.
Step 2: Use a dry cloth to remove all dust and crumbs.
Step 3: Wipe the surface with a Lysol® Disinfecting Wipe.
How to wipe down hard, non-porous surfaces
We all love ‘stuff’. The thing is, however, the more stuff we have, the more places for germs to settle. By keeping things organized, and reducing clutter, there will be less for you to wipe down when it comes to cleaning day.
For those surfaces that need to stay however, Lysol® Brand New Day Disinfecting Wipes can be used on most hard, non-porous places and leave behind a pleasant scent. They are particularly handy for going over the things that we touch every day, such as door knobs, light switches, shelves and other living room surfaces. Simply use a fresh wipe to pre-clean the surface then use enough fresh wipes to thoroughly wet the surface for sanitization and disinfection.
How to sanitize and disinfect wooden floors
One of the best ways to decrease the number of germs that are brought into your home is to take your shoes off. Microbiologist Charles Gerba conducted a study that suggests there is a common occurrence (96%) of coliform and E.coli on our shoes. This suggests there is a high chance that fecal matter is being trodden through our home, which can be extremely dangerous – particularly if we have a baby that is still at the crawling stage!
When it comes to cleaning your living room floor, you should spend extra time to vacuum under surfaces and behind the sofa as these areas can collect a lot of dust over time. If you have wooden floors, Lysol®’s Clean & Fresh Multi-Surface Cleaner will allow you to sanitize and disinfect it, too. Find out how to clean your wooden floors and help to keep them free from unsafe bacteria here.
Find out how to clean your wooden floors and help to keep them free from unsafe bacteria here.
How to clean big living room rugs
The same applies to the rugs that reside in our living room, though these cannot be treated in the same way as our wooden floors. Instead, use Lysol® Max Cover Disinfectant Mist to spray the fabric, making sure to cover the whole of the surface in order to disinfect it thoroughly. However, always check the product directions to make sure that it is suitable for the sort of material that you own.
Please note: Always use Lysol® products as directed on the label.
There you have it. Next time you want to chill on your couch, flick through the TV channels or play with your baby on the floor, set yourself at ease by ensuring you have sanitized and disinfected the essential areas of your living room.