Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Guest Post - Speed Clean Your Bookshelf

If you are one of those people who are lucky enough to have a big bookcase or a lot of shelves with books, and we all know that books and knowledge are wealth, then you must be very happy and wealthy. But with that much wealth comes a great deal of cleaning.

The bigger the bookcase, the more cleaning it will need. That is why most people only do a thorough cleaning of their bookcases once or twice a year. And usually, this should be enough, if it was done properly and thoroughly. As it is not easy to take down all of your books and put them back up again on a regular basis.

If you are trying to find a routine that suits your cleaning needs and more specifically cleaning your bookcase, read on.

For starters, remove all books from the shelves. Put them aside while cleaning your bookcase. If it is as big as the wall feel free to use a small ladder or a step stool to climb on and easily reach the top. Then here is a tip for a very quick removing of most of the dust from the shelves – use your hair dryer to blow the dust off the top and the rest of the shelves.

This method will help you greatly especially if you have not had your bookcase cleaned in a while and there are thick layers of dust. If it is possible, you should also try to clean behind the bookcase – you can even try using your vacuum cleaner if there is too much dust or cobwebs. And if you do not wish to use the blow dryer on the bookcase, you can just use your vacuum cleaner with a smaller attachment to vacuum the bookcase entirely.

Once your bookcase has been cleaned from most of the dust, get a wet microfibre cloth and clean the rest of the dust, edges and details of your bookcase. A microfibre cloth will collect all of the remaining dust quickly and easily.

Some people like using their feather dusters to dust their bookcases but I personally like to use a microfibre cloth on as many surfaces as I can because it is much more efficient and helps me clean faster than any other normal piece of cloth or paper towel.

When your bookcase is all dusted and wiped clean I would recommend you to use a very simple mixture of essential oils to polish the wood provided by cleaning group se13. What you will need is a ¼ cup of white vinegar, ¼ cup of olive oil, and 10 drops of lemon or any other essential oil of your choice (or you can make a combination of a few essential oils).

It might sound like a lot of work, but it really is not. The cleaning and polishing of the bookcase itself do not require a lot of time, it is the cleaning and rearranging of the books that might take a bit more time.

I would also recommend you that you wipe down or use a feather duster on your books as well, they must have at least a thin layer of dust on them. Just give them a quick and light wiping before putting them up on the bookcase.

And here is another tip – place the large and heavy books flat and the smaller ones upright. And you can use your annual cleaning to sort your books and decide if you want to donate some that you no longer want and make some space for new ones. 

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