Ah, it’s that time of year again. Spring is upon us, which means at least 91 percent of Americans will be stuck inside during the nice weather to clean our homes.
What if we could do it differently this year and take our spring cleaning projects room by room?
Luckily, you can, and you should start with the room where you spend at least a third of your life! Let’s talk about some cleaning tips for cleaning a bedroom top to bottom!
1. Have a Plan
Bedroom cleaning is a precise science, and there are a lot of variables involved in each room. Take a look at your room and think about every hidden nook and cranny, especially the parts you’ve neglected over the years.
From there, you’ll have a better idea of what you’ll need to get started, along with a time estimate!
2. Use the Right Cleaning Products
Based on your type of flooring, sheets, mattress, pets, and more, you will need to find the right cleaning products for your needs. Using the wrong ones could ruin your favorite fabrics or even hurt your pets.
Luckily, cleaning a bedroom doesn’t involve anything you wouldn’t use when cleaning a house. You should already have most of what you need. For tools, you should have:
- Duster with extended handle
- Mop and broom (hardwood floors)
- Vacuum with attachments
- A sponge
- Ladder or step stool (if needed)
- Old towels or rags
- Trash bags
For cleaners, you should have some type of carpet cleaner, home disinfectant, glass cleaner, furniture polish, and warm, soapy water for your sponge.
3. Clear the Room
Once you have all of your needed supplies, take everything out of the room that isn’t a permanent fixture or part of your cleaning arsenal.
Take off all of the bedsheets, pillowcases, and other bedding to start a load of laundry. Don’t forget to bring down your hamper for the next load.
Also, if you’ve never washed your pillows before, today would be a good time to do that. Doing so every six months is considered a best practice as the only barrier between the pillow and your face is a thin piece of fabric.
If you have throw pillows, dog beds, table skirts, curtains, or any other type of fabric that’s machine washable, now is a perfect time to take them out of your way and clean them thoroughly.
Beyond that, remove any smaller equipment that may stand in your way. Storage boxes, workout equipment, or anything else that will serve as an obstacle, place it somewhere else for now.
4. Start High
Much like a kitchen, start up top and work your way down. If you’ve ever tried to clean a staircase from the bottom to the top, you know why.
As you clean surfaces that are raised off the floor, you will inevitably send debris down to the lower surfaces or floor, which will force you to clean these surfaces at the end anyway.
For that reason, start at the highest surfaces in the room, including your ceiling fan, and work your way down until you get to the floor.
For example, if you’re cleaning the top of your dresser, the tops of your drawers may need dusting, so start with the top ones and work your way down.
5. Don’t Forget the Undersides
Have you ever cleaned under your bed or dresser? If you think that’s overkill, there is probably a buildup of dust underneath them, and remember how easily dirt and debris spread.
By simply lifting up your mattress or reaching under your furniture, use your soapy sponge to clean these areas, but save this until you’re almost ready for the floors.
Change your soapy water as needed, as there is likely to be a lot of dust in these areas.
6. Deep Clean the Floors
Start with a broom for hardwood (or other hard material) floors and try to sweep up any debris. Remove any rugs that are in your way.
Once clear, it’s time for a deep mop. If you’re using a Swiffer or similar product, ensure you have enough replacement pads to finish the job. Otherwise, you may have to rely on your sponge!
For carpet, sprinkle baking soda over your carpet, grab your vacuum, and try to use the smallest attachment for the best suction.
While this may take longer, it will help you get the most debris out of your carpets or rugs, which adds up. Believe it or not, the average carpeted house soaks up 40 pounds of debris each year.
Then, you can use a carpet-cleaning solution of your choice. We recommend either warm water and distilled white vinegar (for stains) or adding a few drops of carpet shampoo to a bucket of warm water.
If you can rent a carpet shampooer, even better, but you can do this by hand in around an hour for an average-sized bedroom. From there, you’re done!
7. Hire the Professionals
If all of this sounds like too much for you, you’re not alone. Luckily, deep cleaning only needs to be done every once in a while.
Now, if you’re looking to get the best results as soon as possible, then there’s no harm in hiring professional house-cleaning services. They’ll give you the best results for the least trouble!
Cleaning a Bedroom Doesn’t Have to Be Hard
Now that you know the secrets to deep cleaning a bedroom, start today! The sooner you do, the sooner your room can feel like a home again.
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