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Now that the basics have been covered, advanced cleaning tips start now! Start looking at all your lamps and lampshades. Are they covered in dust, too? This is when vacuum attachments really come in handy. You can vacuum your lampshades with the brush attachment and you can usually wipe down lampshade bases with either Pledge or Windex, depending on what the lamp is made of. Now, look up. Do you have ceiling fans? Are they covered with dust on the blades? Every time you turn them on, you're flinging dust all over your now clean home. Don't turn them back on once you've cleaned until they've been wiped as well, or you're undoing all your hard work! Check out the state of your walls and ceilings, too. Do you have cobwebs in the corners? You can get those cleaned out with your vacuum attachments as well. Are there marks on the walls? Those can usually be cleaned with a little liquid soap and water or, if they're really tough, you can try using a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. This can take off paint though so be very careful and test it on your home's paint in a hidden spot before you try it somewhere very visible.
Last step, try products like Febreze! It's really difficult to get perspective on what your home smells like to other people. You're used to the smells in your home and you will probably never notice that funk coming from your laundry basket or the stench of your kitchen trash can. Spray a little odor neutralizing spray on the fabrics and carpet in your home from time to time, especially if someone is coming over. They also have amazing powders out there that you can spread on your carpets and upholstered furniture. The powder absorbs odors as it sits on the fabric for several minutes and then you vacuum those powders away. If you do this regularly, you should feel confident that your home smells nice.
Next, clean up your kitchen. Clean all the dirty dishes in the dishwasher, or in the sink with liquid soap and water, and put them away in the cupboards. Get everything off the countertops and wipe them down with either a clean sponge and some antibacterial spray or an antibacterial disposable wipe. Also, it's a good idea to take out the trash every few days. It can get really stinky! Then there's the detail work to do. Wipe down the stove, clean any fingerprints off of the refrigerator handle, take a look at the cupboard doors and wipe them down if you see food splatters or water marks. Did you check the inside of the refrigerator? Are there any old, funky foods in there that need to be thrown away? Has anything leaked that needs to be wiped up? If you're looking for bonus points with a girl, a sparkling refrigerator is really pretty impressive! When you're done, the kitchen will actually look like you turned up the lights in there.
I think it's time now that particular attention be paid to your bedroom. My first, and probably most important tip, is to make your bed. It's likely the biggest piece of furniture in your room so making the bed can have a big impact on how tidy your room looks. Also, don't underestimate the impression a nice bedspread can make on a woman. Is your bedspread the same one you've been using since college? Has it ever been washed? Does it reflect who you are today or does it sport the logo of a team you were crazy about in high school? Seriously consider the bedspread from an outside person's point of view. If it's not reflective of you, it's time to look for a new one. The bed, again, is the biggest item in your room and likewise the bedspread will have the biggest visual impact for someone walking in there.
Do you have clean sheets? Please ask yourself, when was the last time you laundered your sheets? You really should be putting clean bed linens on your mattress at least once a week. Not only does it look nice and feel nice to have clean sheets, freshly laundered bedding makes the whole room smell good, too! Clean sheets also help with controlling acne, should you struggle with that. Should you ever have the occasion to share your bed with another person, knowing that your bed is clean will be a boost to your confidence and who doesn't want to feel more confident in bed?!
Are your clothes put away? Do you have someplace to put your clothes? If you have a storage problem and don't have anywhere to put all of your clothes, this is a problem that needs a remedy. Have you considered obtaining the furniture necessary to fit all your clothes? Have you considered getting drawers that fit under the bed for storing clothes? Places like Bed, Bath and Beyond or the Container Store have amazing solutions to storage problems and I'll bet they have something that will work for you!
Now onto what is probably the most important area of the house to keep clean, the bathroom. Gentlemen, I have had the worst experiences in bachelor's bathrooms. Some have been so disgusting that I couldn't even bring myself to use them. I just walked in and walked right back out and went home. Oh, the horrors! Please, please, please buy a toilet brush, toilet cleaner and at least a container of Lysol or Clorox wipes! Everything in the bathroom should be wipeable so feel free to grab those wipes and use them on every single surface. The mirror, however, should be cleaned with Windex.
The toilet is actually really easy to clean but is often the most ignored in a bachelor's home. Squirt some toilet cleaner into the bowl and scrub inside the bowl with the toilet brush. Wipe every surface of the toilet with the antibacterial wipes including the rim of the bowl, under the seat, the top of the seat, under the lid, the top of the lid, the handle, the tank, and flush the bowl. There, you have a clean toilet!
Finally, make sure to buy some liquid soap and have a clean towel hanging for drying your hands. Now a girl could conceivably spend an extended period of time at your home since she can now comfortably use the bathroom!
Now that your whole home is clean, don't you feel like you could bring a girl there and she would want to stick around for a while? I know cleaning isn't the most exciting thing to do on a Saturday afternoon, but if you're hoping to share your space with a girl, maybe on a regular basis, then keeping your home female-friendly sounds like a smart thing to do!