Doing a deep, thorough house cleaning can feel good, at least when you’re all finished, but we don’t always have the time to spend hours scrubbing and dusting. But you can fake a tidy home if you know the right tips and tricks. Make your house look clean in minutes, not hours, with these clever hacks professional home stagers use.
- Pull out that hand steamer – Get rid of grime on shower doors or curtains by using a handheld clothing steamer.
- Pick up a magic eraser -Scuffs or scratches on walls that could signal to buyers that a home hasn’t been taken care of, but a Magic Eraser can quickly clean them off.
- Try some toothpaste – Need to hide a nick or tiny hole on white walls in a hurry? Skip the spakle for now and use a dab of toothpaste to patch it.
- Clean up your cords – Tidy up the mess of phone chargers and appliance cords by running them along baseboards.
- Let the outside in – Open the windows to get some fresh air inside and clear out bad odors and bring in some plants for a clean, calm feeling.
- Grab the baking soda – Sofa smelling a little funky? Sprinkle some baking soda on the fabric, let it sit for 15 minutes, then vacuum it up.
- When all else fails: Hide it – Disguise ugly electrical sockets or other unsightly features by covering them up with something more attractive, like framed art or a big potted plant.
Source: Apartment Therapy
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