Since I haven’t deep cleaned my home in a very, very long time, I decided to work my way through my zone cleaning lists in my home management binder over the next 2 months. That would give me 2 weeks to spend on each area. Some areas just needed cleaning and decluttering like the laundry room and basement; others needed more work like the dining room and kitchen. Since my zone cleaning lists cover 6 months at a time, I can quickly see what I’ve already done in an area in case I need to repeat that cleaning task or skip it that month.
First I deep cleaned the dining room by moving furniture away from the walls, wiping down the walls and molding and wiping the floor where the furniture had been. I found the Degreaser version of Shaklee’s Basic H2 to be perfect for this job; otherwise, I would use a combination of water and vinegar.
Besides cleaning under the radiator, I spent time cleaning the light that hangs over the dining room table. A cleaning rag spritzed with Shaklee’s Basic H2 provided enough grip to get the dust off the chain and the fancy parts of the light. I also washed the globes which were pretty dirty.
First I started with the elephant in the room – the radiator cover. Since this cover sits underneath a double set of windows, it is huge. Plus, it’s next to a focal point in the room – the double windows.
I set up the cover on top of an old sheet on our driveway, making sure there was plenty of space around the radiator cover. I secured each corner of the sheet with a brick, and put a brick under each side of the cover to get it off the ground. Spraying 2 coats of Rust-Oleum Semi-Gloss White spray paint provided enough coverage. My goal was to make the radiator cover look better, not make it my life’s work.
This set of shelves in the dining room is on the wall near my focal point, the double windows. There’s a single window to their left. I picked up this set of shelves on clearance at Micheal’s a few years ago. At the time, they looked like they were only primed. I painted them glossy white with a brush while I was painting shelves from the living room. Two coats provided enough coverage.
I spent the most time on this area of the room. Given the size of this china closet, it’s another focal point in the room, plus it’s to the right of the double windows. I thoroughly cleaned this area including a mystery mark on the wall that turned out to be wax.
After finding this Howard FW0016 Feed-N-Wax Wood Polish and Conditioner and Minwax Wood Finish Stain Marker at my local Home Depot, I used the wood polish on the china closet to bring it back to the life. The stain marker was perfect for filling in the dents and worn areas on our $40 Ikea chairs. When my oldest son was finishing with the marker, the chairs looked almost like new.
While this archway leading into the kitchen and the first floor hallway may not be a focal point in the dining room, it is a high traffic area. The molding had marks from my old vacuum, plus dents, fingerprints, and who knows what else on it. The walls had their fair share of marks, fingerprints, and bits of spilled food. First, I wiped everything down, then I touched up the walls and molding. I did not spending any time fixing the minor dents in the molding since that could be a winter project.
Next up: The Kitchen
My Home Management Binder
Are you tackling a home renovation or deep cleaning project this summer?
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