It's A Safe Bet You're Not Cleaning An Important Spot In Your Dining Room

Keeping your eating area clean involves more than just wiping down visible surfaces like tabletops and countertops. It is easy to overlook the legs, bases, and undersides of dining tables and chairs when it comes to cleaning. But when you consider that they are some of the most frequently used furniture in our homes, paying attention to these surfaces makes sense.

Forgetting to clean these areas can lead to the accumulation of dust and grime, which can create hygiene concerns and pose health risks. Dust can carry allergens and airborne viruses, and pests can also make their home in these areas. To clean those commonly neglected spaces, it's important to follow a routine. The frequency of cleaning will depend on factors such as usage, environmental conditions, and whether you have pets or children in the home, but most people should address these areas once a week. Incorporating this task into your weekly cleaning routine can improve the visual appeal of your dining room and promote a more hygienic living space.

Steps for cleaning under tables and chairs

Start by clearing off the table. Then, use a vacuum cleaner with a soft brush attachment or a microfiber cloth to clean the legs, bases, undersides, and under surfaces. Remember to wipe the feet of the chair and table legs because they can accumulate a great deal of dirt, dust, and hair. If needed, you can use a slightly dampened soft cloth to gently wipe down the legs, bases, and undersides, but be careful not to use too much water on any wood finishes, as they can easily be damaged.

Use a toothbrush or a small, soft-bristle brush to clean tight corners and intricate designs on table legs or chair bases. Consider using a disinfectant on high-touch surfaces such as the underside of tabletops and seats. After cleaning, use a dry cloth to wipe away any residual moisture. This is particularly important for wooden furniture, as standing water can lead to damage or warping. Incorporating this often overlooked chore into your cleaning routine helps your dining room remain inviting, clean, and free from hidden dirt and grime.