How do you Whiten an off-white background in PSE (pic of a person with a shadow)?

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I have PSE10. I use it to edit photos I take of people in a studio set up with a white background and white vinyl on the floor.

Currently I whiten the BG and floor by, 1) using a Levels layer (to darken the image) and then 2) apply the Dodge tool (set to highlights) to the original image.
It is good (a bit time consuming) but when I get to the shadow of a person I don't know how to edit the shadow. If I leave the shadow alone, the photo then looks odd!!

Currently I use the Dodge tool (set to Shadows at about 75%) and go over the shadow to lighten it a bit which seems okay but I wanted a method from someone that was familiar with editing studio pics of people...ideally something that was a guided/automatic edit but any good manual method would do.
2 examples I have seen thus far are;
Using Curves in CS to whiten the background (which is quick and easy and automatically lightens the shadows of the subject to provide a natural look) but only 'Colour' Curves is available in PSE and I am not sure if this will do the same job?
Using Set White Point in Levels and then use the mask and paint brush to paint the subject back in but I am not sure of every step and don’t know how well this works and if it is of any use when it come to the shadow of a person?

Please provide a step by step guide on your method of doing this.
Thanks in advance :-)
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Nick Kotsiopoulos

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