Another area that traps a lot of dust and dirt are fabrics -- upholstery, curtains, and even lampshades. This year, it's time to add these to your spring cleaning list. Upholstery will always benefit from a thorough vacuuming. Be sure to concentrate on the areas under and in between cushions, where all the crumbs have landed. If your covers are removable, take them off and toss them in the wash. Your curtains may be OK with just a once-over with your vacuum, but it's likely that they could use a hot water washing as well. This, of course, depends on what kind of fabric they are, so be sure to read the cleaning instructions before tossing them into your washing machine. They may need to be dropped off at the dry cleaner. Your mattress is currently hosting millions of dust mites, so keep out the vacuum and its attachments. While you're at it, flip over your mattress so it wears evenly, and then vacuum the newly exposed side, too. And don't forget your fabric lampshades. Give them a quick swipe with a damp rag to get rid of accumulated dust.
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- "Spring Cleaning Tips and Tricks." Rsu.edu, March, 2010. http://www.rsu.edu/health-center/healthy-you/2010/03.pdf