Clean bedrooms, upper hall, and stairs. The last one to leave the sleeping room should each morning place two chairs at the foot of the bed, throw the bed clothes back over these, and open doors and windows. It is well to leave the empty slop pail in the bath-room window on the way to breakfast. The air and sunshine then begin their sanitary work upon the room at once,, and the maid can do up the kitchen work while the family are at breakfast. To make beds, remove the bed clothes, and, if there be a piazza, hang them on it to air, provided the weather permits. If they cannot be taken out, place them where the air will pass freely through them. Remove the lower sheet, and shake it outside the window. Dust the mattress, and put it out to air, if you can. In any case, remove it and dust the frame work of the bed. Dust the chairs and all movable things, and take to another room, and shut the door. Dust upholstered furniture on the piazza if possible. Dust is one of the mediums which carry germs, and the more of it we can put outside the house the better.
Remove all scarfs, tidies, etc., shake outside, and carry to the laundry when you go down stairs, if they are soiled. Take the rug up carefully, carry down stairs, dust, and leave on the line if the weather permits. Dust dresser and commode, and cover them. No soiled clothing, old shoes, or any garments which have been worn, and are not necessarily kept in the closet, should be allowed to remain, for they emit odors, attract insects, and take up needed room.
Bare floors are best, because there is no chance for insects to harbor. Take out and shake and brush any clothing which has escaped this before hanging up, and clean the closet floor. If mattress and bedding are out of doors, leave them there, and proceed to clean the floor by first sweeping the dirt from the sides and corners of the room, and take all up on the dust pan. Never sweep the dirt from a room into the hall, but keep it close as possible. Now wash the floor, using a clean mop in the center if you wish, but never about the sides of the room. If the bed clothes must be left in the room, make the bed just before beginning the sweeping, and cover up. Dust the woodwork, fold the furniture covers carefully with the dust inside, and shake later. Put things again in their places. Shut all the bedroom doors, open hall window, and clean the upper hall and stairs. Use the carpet sweeper on the carpet, and take the dirt up on each side of it with broom and dust pan. Wash the floor with water and cloth. Clean the carpet on the stairs with a brush, and take the dirt from each step into the dust pan. Afterwards clean the uncovered parts of the steps with a cloth.
Friday, clean the silver, and sweep and dust the parlor and front hall. If the curtains and other draperies are on rollers and easily removed, take them out gently, and brush the dust from them, and lay them aside. If not removable, brush off the dust as well as you can, catch them up near the top, and cover.
Take all movable rugs from both hall and parlor out doors, and brush them with a soft brush on each side, following the line of the nap. Remove sofa pillows and brush them. Dust all bric-a-brac, and remove. Remove all upholstered furniture to the piazza for dusting, if possible; otherwise brush and cover. Dust chairs, and remove from the room, also all other movable pieces of furniture, etc. Dust pictures, and cover. In dusting things inside the room, we only drive the dust from one spot, to have it settle in another.
If there is an open book case in the room, begin at the top and dust both books and case, and so proceed to the bottom and cover all. Dust and cover all furniture in the hall. If there is a rug too large to remove, dust it, roll it up, and place it at one side. Sweep the floors, and while the dust is settling, clean the rugs by wiping the surface gently with a sponge squeezed from clear water. Clean the floors. Remove dust from walls and wood work with the covered hair broom, and clean the windows, if they need it. Dust woodwork, fold furniture covers carefully, as before, and put things again in place. Rugs too large to be moved must be sponged after sweeping. Begin the work on the further side, and work toward the door, that you may not step on the cleaned part of the rug, and be sure that the sponge is damp only, not wet.
If the floor is carpeted, sweep as directed, and after the dust settles use a clean sweeper and sponge same as rugs. A carpet sweeper should be cleaned very often. Before sweeping a floor, either bare or carpeted, scatter over it some dust preventer, - newspapers soaked in cold water, squeezed as dry as possible, and torn in bits are most excellent. Tea leaves squeezed dry are good. A handful of salt scattered about will aid in preventing the dust rising. Damp sawdust is also good. When all is ready, remove the furniture covers with their dust, and fold as before, then put the things again in place. Clean the hall floor, and put things in order there.