If you make your bed daily, change your bedding weekly, and follow a regular vacuuming and dusting regimen, you may feel that your work in the bedroom is done. But by following our bedroom cleaning tips, you will flush out nasties you didn't even know you were there. Your bedroom should be your relaxation haven, but did you know it is also a haven for allergens such as dust, dust-mites, mould spores, and more? Yikes!
Don't worry, a deep clean will have you breathing easier and sleeping easier, too. It's also a project that can be completed in a single afternoon (unless you need to declutter, too).
When was the last time you put your pillows in the wash, or steam cleaned your carpet? Can you remember the last time you vacuumed your mattress and behind heavy furniture? If you're struggling to remember, it could mean that it's time you really cleaned your room.
We know that harsh chemicals and store-bought cleaning sprays can often contribute to indoor air pollution, so resist the urge to employ an arsenal of disinfectants, sprays, and more and instead opt of natural alternatives.
Here's how to deep clean your room.
- Pile up doonas, blankets, pillows, curtains, and mattress and pillow protectors, and sort them into piles that need to be washed, dry cleaned, replaced, or aired-out.
- If it's a warm, dry day, consider pulling your mattress out into the sun where it can air out. Sprinkle it with a little bit of baking soda to remove any unpleasant odors.
- Vacuum the mattress with your brush attachment, focusing on any piping and other crevices.
- Vacuum the floor, including under the bed and furniture. Use attachments to get into tight spaces.
- For wooden floors, follow up with a light mop using a gentle floor cleaner.
Molding and Fixtures
- Dust and wipe down light fixtures, ceiling fans, base boards, picture rails, tops of doors, and hanging frames. You'll be amazed at how much a microfiber cloth will pick up.
- For moldings, you may need to grab the step ladder and wipe with a damp cloth. If you don't have a step ladder handy, grab your vacuum, extend the wand, and using the brush attachment, vacuum the dust.
- Dust and clean all surfaces with a natural spray cleaner or a damp microfiber cloth. Don't forget light switches.
- Give mirrors the once-over with a solution of methylated spirits and water (1/4 cup to 1/2 bucket of water). Don't use newspaper as the ink may smudge.
Wardrobes and Closets
- Wardrobes and closets can often harbor nasties such as mould and dust. Clear the floor and vacuum away any dirt and debris.
- Wipe down shelves with a solution of vinegar and water. Allow to dry completely before putting clothes away.
- Replace any moisture absorbers and fragrance sachets if required.
- Wash windows inside and out. Use a squeegee to get a streak-free finish.
- Wipe down any sliding window or door tracks as these tend to be a haven for dust.
Curtains and Blinds
- Wipe or dust down blinds with a soft, clean brush. Brush away any cobwebs from ceiling corners.
- Remove curtains from the curtain rod and machine wash with a mild detergent. Allow to dry completely.
- Consider investing in an air-purifying unit or fan. This will help to keep your bedroom ventilated and protect you from airborne allergens such as dust, pollen, and mould spores.
- Detach any ducted air-conditioning vents and wash them in a solution of vinegar, soap, and water. This will dissolve grime and wash away any surface dust. Dry vents thoroughly before putting them back into place.
This article originally appeared on our sister site, Homes to Love.