A Complete Guide to Deep Clean Your Living Room

people deep cleaning the living room

Growing up, my parents made us deep clean the house every last Saturday of the month. Of course, as children, we didn’t like the chore, but it was a great time for us as a family to do things together and bond. Not forgetting the clean and refreshing feel after cleaning.

Regular deep cleaning of your living room makes cleaning slightly easier on a typical day. Also, apart from maintaining the aesthetics, deep cleaning your living room regularly helps prolong the lifespan of the design elements, keeping the space hygienic, inviting, and relaxing.

In this article, I am going to take you through how to effectively deep clean your living room from time to time.

Benefits Of Deep Cleaning Your Living Room

Though tedious, deep cleaning your living room comes with endless benefits. Let’s discuss a few below.

1.    For Hygienic Purposes

The primary benefit of deep cleaning your living room is maintaining a hygienic space. Deep cleaning helps eliminate odors, hidden dirt, dust, allergens, mold, and mildew, which even tend to create health problems if left to lurk in the living room.

A hygienic living room is also more inviting and relaxing. I don’t know about you, but I tend to function better in a clean living room.

2.    Prevents Pest Infestation

If food is allowed in the living room, there are likely to be food particles that will be missed when vacuuming on a regular cleaning day. This is why it is essential to deep clean your living room regularly so you can get rid of those missed food particles.

If left attended, you open doors for cockroaches, ants, and other insects to invade your living room, and these pests can be destructive.  

3.    Prolongs The Lifespan Of Elements In The Living Room

Deep cleaning helps to maintain and preserve the various elements in the living room. Furniture, plants, carpets, rugs, pots, and other design elements tend to last longer if you deep clean them regularly.

 The accumulation of dust and dirt on these items can make them get damaged more easily and quickly. Regular deep cleaning will help eliminate stains, odors, dead leaves, and the like, which could have otherwise shortened the lifespan of these design elements.  

4.    Encourages Regular Maintenance

Whenever you are deep cleaning, you may notice cracked pots, torn carpets, stains on the furniture, and so on that may not have been seen during vacuuming on a typical day.

Noticing these flaws regularly will keep you on your toes at always maintaining these items in your living room. You will stitch torn rugs or have them replaced, change your flowers, and replace broken pots more frequently if you deep clean your living room regularly.  

5.    Easier Regular Cleaning

Deep cleaning your living room makes for easier regular cleaning on normal days. If you deep clean your living room regularly, you do not have to do too much during regular cleaning. This will save you a lot of time and effort.

Preparing To Deep Clean Your Living Room

Before you start cleaning, you will need the following cleaning items and equipment.

  • The appropriate cleaning products for furniture, glass, wood, carpets, and any other materials in your living room
  • A vacuum cleaner with appropriate attachments
  • Gloves and other protective gear that may be needed
  • Microfiber cloths or dusters
  • Mop
  • Brushes of different brittles for carpets, hard-to-reach corners, and windowsills
  • Sweeping brush and dust collector
  • Trash bags
  •  Stepladder for reaching levels that are out of your reach

Deep Cleaning Process

A.   Declutter

This is the most important step in deep cleaning your living room. Decluttering eliminates any unnecessary clutter, such as old magazines, damaged toys, withered plants, deteriorating furniture, or other design elements.

Removing these items lets you see clearly which things need to be returned after cleaning. It also makes cleaning easier, leaving your living room more spacious afterward.

B.   Dusting

a person dusting the table

After decluttering, the next step is to dust all items in the living room. This allows for a clean slate to use your cleaning solutions. When surfaces are dusted before any cleaning product is applied, the result looks neater, so this step must not be skipped.

Dust ceiling fans, light fixtures, shelves, and higher areas first. Then dust the walls, furniture, and other elements. Work your way from the top to the bottom of your living room.

If, for example, you dust your furniture before your ceiling fan, the dust will settle again on your furniture, requiring you to wipe the furniture again.  

C.   Vacuuming The Floors And Carpets

janitor cleaning carpet with vacuum cleaner

As I have already stated, you will need a vacuum cleaner and the appropriate nozzles to clean your living room deeply, so choosing the right one is essential. Getting the right vacuum cleaner contributes to making deep cleaning easy.

This will help you reach all nooks and crannies in the living room. Pay attention to corners and edges, mostly missed on regular cleaning days. By doing this, you get rid of all hidden dust and debris.

D.   Cleaning Upholstered Furniture and Curtains

cleaning the house and dusting the furniture

Stains and spills left uncleaned or not adequately cleaned on sofas, chairs, and cushions must be taken care of. Get the appropriate furniture cleaning product, follow the manufacturer’s instructions, and clean the furniture thoroughly.

Deep cleaning your living room involves removing and washing your curtains and dusting your curtain rods and hardware. You can put those up if you have a new set of curtains.

E.    Cleaning Windows And Mirrors

a woman on a ladder cleaning windows

Water stains left after cleaning windows and mirrors are unsightly and annoying. That is why dusting and using the proper cleaning solutions is essential. To ensure no smudges and streaks after cleaning your windows, glassware, and mirrors, use the appropriate cleaning tools like soft sponges, soft-brittle brushes, and dusters. Also, pay attention to window sills and tracks, as those places can harbor and hide a lot of debris.

F.    Cleaning And Organizing Storage Spaces

Storage space

During decluttering, do not overlook your shelves and cabinets. Most of us are guilty of shoving things into cabinets to hide them sometimes. This is the time to release unnecessary, old, and damaged items, books, and magazines. This will create space for newer additions and leave more organized shelves and cabinets.

G.   Deep Cleaning Floors, Carpets, And Rugs

Deep cleaning floor

Deep cleaning involves vacuuming the carpet in the living room, floor, and rugs if you have any. You may need to shampoo the carpets and rugs to remove tough stains and dirt with soft-brittle brushes.

If you find this too much of a chore, you can alternatively send them to the laundry to have them done thoroughly. If the floors are hardwood, mop them with a mild soap and water solution and make sure they dry completely.

H.   Add the Finishing Touches

Once all the hard work is out, you must restore your living room to its inviting and relaxing status by adding finishing touches. Open all windows to allow for proper ventilation, position different fragrances of air fresheners or natural scents in different living room spots, and add fresh flowers, plants, and other design elements to brighten the space.


Deep cleaning requires that you declutter the living room first, then dust all the elements before using the right vacuum cleaner and cleaning solutions. Remember to keep the space well-aerated, fresher, and brighter when everything is done by adding a few new touches.

Deep cleaning of your living room is essential for the overall well-being of the users of the space as it helps get rid of deep-rooted stains, dust, allergens, and debris that could harm one’s health.

Deep cleaning also maintains a clean and fresh living room, keeping it as inviting and relaxing as it should be. I hope this article encourages you to deep clean your living room so your subsequent regular vacuuming days are more straightforward.

David A. Morris

Home On Point is owned by David Morris. I am a real estate professional and a huge fan of beautiful homes. I like researching ways to keep homes shining at all times and I am excited to share them as I learn along.

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