How to Clean a Dining Room

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Ideally, your dining room should always feel clean, welcoming, and ready for mealtime — whether it's for everyday dining or holiday celebrations. Just a few steps will help you keep this space looking tidy and neat, and dirt-free. Once a week (or more if needed), follow this guide on how to clean a dining room with ease.

Clear off the dining room table.

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Remove any decor (candle holders, centerpieces), placemats, tablecloths or runners, and place settings before cleaning.

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Use a dusting wand or microfiber cloth to remove any dust from lighting fixtures, such as a chandelier, hanging pendant light, or sconces. For lights with small pieces, use a clean paint brush to remove dust.

TIP: Before dusting light fixtures, place a sheet over the dining table to help catch the dust that falls.

Launder table linens.

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If you leave a tablecloth or placemats on your table, it's a good idea to wash them every one to two weeks to remove dust.

Dust the table and other surfaces or dining room storage.

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Use a dusting wand or microfiber cloth to remove dust from the table top, hutch, or other furniture. Dust any decor as well.

Wipe down chairs.

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Use a microfiber cloth to wipe down chairs, removing dust and dirt. For smudges, use a very lightly dampened cloth to wipe clean.

Sweep or Vacuum floors.

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Sweep wood or tile floors, and/or vacuum and clean any carpets or rugs.

Mop floors.

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To clean wood floors, use a damp microfiber mop to clean floors. To clean tile floors, mop with your favorite floor cleaner.

When you're done cleaning, add decor back onto the table.

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Jessica owns two blogs, Mom 4 Real and Pour Me a Cocktail. She has been sharing easy cleaning tips, recipes and ideas with her readers for over 7 years. She has been featured on the Rachel Ray Show, TODAY Parenting, MSN, Country Woman Magazine and more.

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