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Touch Zone #3 - Front Porch, Entry/Foyer, Formal Living Room and Formal Dining Room

This looks like it came from House Beautiful and your home could look just as nice with our help - not the same furniture, but with the same clean. Details are important. 
 
Final Touch Housekeeping’s Detailed Cleaning List
 
Touch Zone 3 – Front Porch, Entry or Foyer, Formal Living Room, Formal Dining Room
 
Don't start the cleaning section until you have organized and de-cluttered each Touch Zone.  If you have things out of place or too much clutter, you will quickly become frustrated and will not get optimal use of your time.  See our De-Cluttering Tips on our introduction blog.
 
If you are organized and de-cluttered, you are ready to begin!  Remember, just 15-20 minutes in each area of the Touch Zones.  You won't get to everything so don't stress at each list.  Over time and with the help of Final Touch Housekeeping, you will gain control of your home.
           
Once your home has been de-cluttered and organized, you are ready to start with our detailed list for cleaning Touch Zone 3.  When you hire Final Touch Housekeeping, you pay us to do everything on our list every time we clean your home (except for the front porch).  We don’t expect that you will get everything done, and that is fine.  Just doing 15 – 20 minutes in each Touch Area will help you maintain your home in between our cleanings.
 
With a little effort, your front porch could look like this front porch - we can help (extra fee). Details are important.Front Porch Detailing Touch Zone
 
1. Using a Webster (looks like a big toilet brush and can be  purchased at Home Depot), brush down all cob webs, spider webs and any debris stuck to your exterior
2. Clean off light fixture and replace bulb if necessary
3. Clean off stairs, banister, and welcome mats
4. Wipe off outdoor furniture
5. Sweep off patio
6. Remove dead leaves from potted plants.  If plant is dead, throw the plant away and replant another plant in the pot. (Seasonal)
7. Prune back any overgrown trees or bushes blocking the entry
8. Refill bird feeder (yes, even in winter) and bird baths
 
This is a very formal entry and one that we are capable of cleaning to perfection.  From the marble flooring to the grand staircase - we can do this in your home too. Details are important.Entry or Foyer Detailing Touch Zone
 
1. Using a Webster (looks like a big toilet brush and can be purchased at Home Depot), brush down all cob webs and/or spider webs starting at the ceiling down to the baseboards and the tops of any curtains
2. Quickly damp wipe down light switch plates, window sills and front door (both sides)
3. Using a Magic Eraser, remove any scuff marks or dirt from the walls
4. Soak plants or rinse off any fake plants in the shower
5. Re-pot any plants needing a larger pot
6. Clean interior windows
7. Dust and polish furniture
8. Dust or wet wipe baseboards
9. Vacuum and mop flooring – We sell mops + 1 microfiber mop pad for $40
10. Wash but DON’T dry any washable, small, area rugs
11. Straighten coat closet – we take all coat donations and deliver to The Mission
12. Replace plants
13. Replace area rugs
 
We have cleaned many living rooms.  From dusting tables, light fixtures and fireplace mantles and harths, to vacuuming the furniture and cleaning the flooring, we can do it all. Details are important.Formal Living Room Detailing Touch Zone
 
1. Using a Webster (looks like a big toilet brush and can be purchased at Home Depot), brush down all cob webs and/or spider webs starting at the ceiling down to the baseboards and the tops of any curtains
2. Quickly damp wipe down light switch plates, window sills and front door (both sides)
3. Using a Magic Eraser, remove any scuff marks or dirt from the walls
4. Soak plants or rinse off any fake plants in the shower
5. Re-pot any plants needing a larger pot
6. Straighten and dust book shelves and tops of books
7. Dust knick knacks – don’t forget the bottom or will appear not dusted
8. Clean off end tables and coffee table – toss any remotes no longer being used
9. Clean phone receiver and base
10. Clean interior windows
11. Dust and polish furniture
12. Dust or wet wipe baseboards
13. Clean wood burning fireplace and glass
14. Vacuum under furniture cushions
15. Vacuum and mop flooring – We sell mops + 1 microfiber mop pad for $40
16. Wash but DON’T dry any washable, small, area rugs
17. Straighten coat closet – we take all coat donations and deliver to The Mission
18. Replace plants
19. Replace area rugs
 
Not all diningrooms look like this, but we can clean the basic dining room table and chairs to the most expensive table and chairs. Details are important.Formal Dining Room Detailing Touch Zone
 
1. Using a Webster (looks like a big toilet brush and can be purchased at Home Depot), brush down all cob webs and/or spider webs starting at the ceiling down to the baseboards and the tops of any curtains
2. Quickly damp wipe down light switch plates, window sills and front door (both sides)
3. Using a Magic Eraser, remove any scuff marks or dirt from the walls
4. Soak plants or rinse off any fake plants in the shower
5. Re-pot any plants needing a larger pot
6. Clean china cabinet glass and doors
7. Dust dishes and shelves inside china cabinet
8. Clean and straighten china cabinet drawers
9. Dust knick knacks – don’t forget the bottom or will appear not dusted
10. Clean interior windows
11. Dust and polish furniture
12. Remove hair from felt pads on bottom of chair legs
13. Dust or wet wipe baseboards
14. Vacuum chairs
15. Vacuum and mop flooring – We sell mops + 1 microfiber mop pad for $40
16. Wash but DON’T dry any washable, small, area rugs
17. Straighten coat closet – we take all coat donations and deliver to The Mission
18. Replace plants
19. Replace area rugs
 
Have you finished your 15-20 minutes in each area for Touch Zone #3?  How do you feel?  Can you see what you have accomplished?  Don't worry if you don't see the big picture yet - you will and it will be AMAZING!
 
Michelle
 

3 Comments to Touch Zone #3 - Front Porch, Entry/Foyer, Formal Living Room and Formal Dining Room:

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carry on Thursday, February 23, 2012 4:55 AM
You said about Magic eraser... What is this? Where can one buy it?
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plumbing on Monday, May 07, 2012 10:47 AM
De-cluttering must be done in your home once in a while. There are things that you might need to let go and a garage sale is one way of disposing it.
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