The housekeeper's book, comprising advice on the conduct of household affairs in general; and particular directions for the preservation of furniture, bedding, &c.; for the laying in and preserving of provisions; with a complete collection of receipts for economical domestic cookery. The whole carefully prepared for the use of American housekeepers
Household duties and operations, pp. 21-26
HOUSEKEEPER'S BOOK. 21 HOUSEHOLD DUTIES AND OPERATIONS. HOUSE CLEANING IN SPRING. THE Spring is more particularly the time fr house clean- ing and bleaching linen, &c., though of coume these mat- ters require attention in every month of the year; and as a servant has been known to begin scrubbing stairs from the bottom upwards, a few remarks on these common subjects may not be useless. Begin at the top of the house; first take up the carpets, and if they require it, send them at once to be scoured, that they may be ready to replace by the time the rooms are cleaned. Some persons object to send carpets and other things to a scourer, as their substance is in some degree injured by the process; they may be well cleaned by washing them with soda and water, after hav- ing been taken up, well beaten, and nailed down again. Remove all the furniture out of the room, have the chim- neys swept where fires have been in use, then scour the grates, &c.; wrap old towels (which should be set aside for such purposes) round the bristles of the broom, and sweep carefully and lightly the ceiling and paper; then with a flannel or sponge (which is preferable) and soap and water wash all the paint well, and as fast as one per- son wets let another follow with linen rags, and wipe the paint perfectly dry; let the windows be cleaned, and lastly, scrub the floor. The furniture should he well rubbed be- fore it is replaced. It is a good plan to have the paper swept every three or four months. If the curtains and hangings are moreen, it is better to take them down for the summer months, and after a thorough shaking and brushing to pin them up in paper, linen, or silk, with camphor, which is the best, cleanest and most agreeable preservative from moths. Some persons use powdered black pepper.
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