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Check the Spot You Forget to Clean

You regularly mop the floors and dust the windowsills, but this one little spot can stick out like a sore thumb if everything else is sparkling. Barb Schwarz, the founder of Staged Homes.com and The International Association of Home Staging Professionals, says she finds that light switch plates are often one of the grimiest places in the home, and worse, homeowners don't even notice. But she has seen people at open houses noticing these little things, which means your guests likely will, too. Schwarz scrubs these down with a cloth and a few sprays of heavy-duty all-purpose cleaner (she happens to swear by Krud Cutter).