Household checklist

Now that you’ve “exorcised” the deadbeats in your closet, here’s a household checklist!


Inspect carpets for smudges and stains. Small spots can usually be removed with a dab of a carpet cleaner (on a toothbrush or Q-tip). Be sure to “flush” the area with fresh water, and then blot dry with a clean towel.

Throw Rugs

Inspection is much the same as it is for carpets. Depending on size and weight, you may be able to shake out the dust and give it a good vacuuming. If it’s too large to handle, and you don’t want to “shampoo” it at home, then call your drycleaner for assistance. They may even pick them up from you.

Tapestries and Wall hangings

These items can accumulate just as much dust and debris as bedding and throw pillows. Be sure to “shake and dust” these items twice a year. Your drycleaner can clean them, if needed.

Needlepoint and Pillows …

Look closely for body oil and smudges. Take them outside to see them under sunlight. Untreated facial and body oil can stain fabrics, over time, causing spots to oxidize and turn dark.

Bedspreads and Cushion Covers

These should be drycleaned or washed every month or so, as needed. They can also gather facial and body oil, in addition to collecting airborne dust and other debris. Look at them closely under bright light, especially if you eat in bed!

Drapes and Curtains

These can be downright overwhelming because of weight and bulk, but they must be vacuumed, drycleaned or steam cleaned at least once every two years, if not sooner, depending on: cooking habits; furnace care; fireplace use; in-house smoking … These are expensive items, so be sure to make this a regular process, each year.


Nylon sheers can usually be washed, but the weights in the hem will have to examined and secured before any such care. Look closely for discolorations from ceiling leaks, dead insects and cat urine … Check all hems closely and always air dry. Never tumble dry!