GET A LIV­ABLE LIV­ING ROOM

Good Housekeeping (South Africa) - - YOUR HOME -

PICK UP AFTER YOUR PET

When your vac­uum doesn’t suck up what Scruffy left be­hind on the couch, run a wet squeegee over cush­ions in short, quick strokes. The rub­ber cre­ates fric­tion, while the wa­ter keeps fur from fly­ing. (Try this on rugs too.)

EVICT DUST BUN­NIES

Clean­ing un­der the sofa and me­dia con­sole hap­pens less of­ten than most of us would like to ad­mit, but with an ex­tend­able mi­crofi­bre duster (R40, The Crazy Store) you won’t have to move fur­ni­ture or crawl on your hands and knees to pick up the dust a vac­uum misses.

DEFUZZ LAMP­SHADES

Take a good look at your lamp­shades, and you might be ap­palled at how many tiny fi­bres live there. Run a lint roller around fab­ric shades or swipe a paint­brush across pleated styles to re­move dirt quickly. Then stash the tool in a nearby sidetable or drawer for next week.

BLAST AWAY COB­WEBS

Wo­ven bas­kets are a pain to clean, but you al­ready own a se­cret weapon: the hairdryer! Turn it on high, aim it at the tight nooks and cran­nies, and watch the de­bris blow right out. When you’re done, flip it to a cool, low set­ting to gen­tly clean the leaves of house plants.

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