The living room is one of the busiest places in the house. In most houses, it is also the entryway into the house, so all the traffic going into the house has to pass through the living room at some point. That can make it one of the dirtiest places in the house as well, and we want to share with you a few tips on how to keep it cleaner.
Install a Shoe Rack
If you don’t have a shoe rack installed in your living room right next to the door, you are giving yourself extra work you don’t have to be doing. A shoe rack by the door encourages people to leave their shoes there and not track dirt and other debris through your house. It sends a reminder to those who live there to take off their shoes and store them away. It also tells guests where their shoes are expected to go. You might be amazed at how many times you simply won’t need to tell people to leave their shoes at the door once you have this handy fixture put in.
You don’t have to spend a lot to put a shoe rack in. It can simply be a plain wire frame that holds a few rows of shoes, and that’s all it takes to make your living room and the rest of your house much neater. That leaves you with a lot less dirt to clean up, and you can more easily find your shoes when it is time to leave the house.
Put a Mat by the Door
Once again, this tip applies to living rooms that are also entry rooms. Placing a mat by the front door encourages people to wipe their feet and greatly reduces how much dirt is tracked inside. Even if you like to wear shoes in the house, having a mat at the front door can cut down on how much dirt you and your guests track in. This is especially important for winter and spring when the weather is wet. The mat can catch a lot of the moisture and protect your carpet.
The mat can wear out and be replaced without costing you much, but the carpet is lot more expensive, and having a mat by the front door adds a few years onto your carpet’s lifespan. It also reduces friction and wear on the carpet by catching a lot of the dirt instead of allowing the dirt to be caught up in the carpet fibres.
This ties into the other two tips we have given you already. By vacuuming in the living room, you reduce the among of dirt there. Adele who works at Diamond Cleaning mentions “Now, this not only makes your carpet look cleaner, but it also allows the carpet to last longer”. Dirt trapped inside the carpet can create friction and wear on the carpet when people walk across it. The more dirt you get rid of, the easier your carpet will have it. By vacuuming about once or twice a week, you can give your carpet a lot longer life and keep a cleaner-looking living room. The more often you vacuum, the easier it is to keep your living room clean, as you have less of a mess every time you go to clean. It’s a good idea to vacuum more when you have guests in the house or during times of year where people are going in and out of the doors often.
There are three rooms in the house that are prone to excess moisture build-up. Those are the kitchen, the bathroom and the living room. You use water in the bathroom and kitchen, but in the living room, you let water inside when people open the door in rainy or snowy weather. That excess water can build up and cause the carpet or flooring to decay. It can eat through structural materials over time, causing rotting. It can also lead to mould, as mould spores grow in wet environments.
One of the best ways to deal with the excess moisture, besides putting down a mat, is to ensure that the living room is well ventilated. You can set up a fan there or an air conditioning unit. You can also keep windows open or allow air to pass through the room freely in some other manner. The living room is often an overlooked room when it comes to moisture prevention, but you’ll be glad you put in the effort when your entryway smells and looks better.
In order to keep the living room smelling nice and well ventilated, you should make sure the air filters in the room are replaced regularly. These need to be changed out at least once a year, but in many cases, they benefit from being changed out more often.
Create Winter Storage
The most important time of year to protect your living room from dirtiness is in the winter. It’s at this time that people will be coming into the house and unbundling themselves from their layers of clothing. They may be inclined to drop their scarves, hats, gloves and coats all around the living room, hanging them on couches and placing them in other spots they aren’t supposed to be. You can make it convenient for them to put things away by installing a rack near the door. Make sure there is space there for everyone’s items as well as bit of extra space for guests’ items.
You may prefer to just put a bin by the door and keep things simple, especially if you have a lot of kids at home. This makes it easy for them to put their things away and not get frustrated because they can’t reach the rack or can’t use it properly. Whatever you do, be sure to give everyone a place to put their winter clothing that’s close to the door but that still looks neat and orderly.