More Tips for Cleaning the Home Office

For many telecommuters the home office is the room in the house that gets the most use, next to the kitchen. Given all the time that is spent there, you can expect that it would need a thorough cleaning on a regular basis.

In a previous blog I provided tips on how to clean computers and other high-tech gadgets that are stored in the home office. Once you’ve cleaned the delicate items, you’ll want to dust the entire room. When dusting, start from the top and work your way down. You can either use a feather duster and wipe it over everything in the room or invest in some dry cloths made by Swiffer or Pledge.

For glass items, such as picture frames, vases and paperweights, clean with Windex or another brand of commercial glass cleaner. Start in one corner of the room and work your way around in a circular pattern.
Pledge or other brands of furniture polish can be used to clean wood furniture and other upholstery in the home office. Spray some Pledge on an old cloth diaper or other soft cotton rag and wipe down large pieces of furniture first, then proceed to the smaller items making sure you remove dust and dirt from little cracks and crevices.

If your home office has mini blinds, then use a duster or dust trapper to clean them. To start, flatten the mini blinds, so you can wipe them down with a cotton rag or Swiffer dry dust cloth. Work from left to right, top to bottom. Next, twist the handle to flip the mini blinds to the other side. Repeat the dusting process. Finally, open the mini blinds and dust in between each row. If you have delicate blinds, you will want to be extra gentle when dusting, so as not to bend or tear the blinds.

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Michele Cheplic

About Michele Cheplic

Michele Cheplic was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii, but now lives in Wisconsin. Michele graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Journalism. She spent the next ten years as a television anchor and reporter at various stations throughout the country (from the CBS affiliate in Honolulu to the NBC affiliate in Green Bay). She has won numerous honors including an Emmy Award and multiple Edward R. Murrow awards honoring outstanding achievements in broadcast journalism. In addition, she has received awards from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association for her reports on air travel and the Wisconsin Education Association Council for her stories on education. Michele has since left television to concentrate on being a mom and freelance writer.