Spring Cleaning For Your Bedroom
The weather is getting nice, the days are getting longer, and the birds are chirping; we know spring has arrived! For most people, this is the time of year to give the home a good cleaning. The winter months can build up a lot of dust and leave our homes feeling a bit dirty, even if we clean it weekly. So now it is time to spend a weekend giving your house a deep clean, especially your bedroom! Here is a guide for what you will want to clean, how and why.
Ceiling fan: If you don’t have a ceiling fan, you can skip this, but if you do, you’ll want to clean this first (you don’t want dust falling onto the floor or bed after you’ve cleaned them). Even though it is high up, a lot of dust can gather on the fan blades. If you were sick, bacteria and other harmful germs can harbor on the blades as well. Using a cleaning substance of your choice, wipe down any light bulbs that may also be attached to the fan. Even if the fan appears to be clean, make sure you scrub it down. You wouldn’t want to turn on the fan and see dust being spread around the room.
Windows, curtains and blinds: A lot of dust can build in and around the windows. Chances are you had them shut during the winter, so you’ll want to give these a good clean. Start by cleaning the window and the window frame while it is still shut. Once you clean the inside of the window, make sure to clean your blinds and window curtains. If you can wash your curtains, do so. If you cannot, use a vacuum with a soft brush attachment to suck out any dust or dirt from the curtains. Then, open the window and clean the rest of the window and frame. You may enjoy keeping the windows open after cleaning to air out your room, allowing the fresh scent of spring to flush out the winter “vibe.”
Dressers and nightstands: You’ll want to clean your dresser, nightstands, and any other furniture that is in the bedroom, top to bottom. If you have lamps, books, a TV, or anything on top of your furniture, you will also want to give these a good clean. Pull your furniture away from the wall and make sure you clean behind them. Vacuum the floor and wall before wiping them clean.
Mattress, pillows and bed: First, remove all bed sheets and pillow covers and wash them. If your pillows are washer machine friendly, it is urged you place them in the washer as a second load. Make sure you run them through 2 rinse cycles to ensure you have gotten all the detergent out. If you cannot machine wash your pillows, here is a simple guide to cleaning them:
- Fill a large tub with lukewarm water and add detergent and a few drops of bleach.
- Place the pillow in the water and cover. Let it stand for about thirty minutes.
- Squeeze the pillow a section at a time to wash.
- Rinse in clean water three or more times to remove soap residue.
- Place pillows on a flat surface to drain off excess water.
- Place in a dryer with some tennis balls to ensure fluffiness. Set to air dry.
Although your pillows may appear clean and dry, the inside may still be damp. Hang them to dry in a moisture-free area to complete the drying process. If you do not fully dry the pillow, it may become a breeding ground for mold.
It may seem as if cleaning your mattress is a tough job, but it isn’t! In a past article, we wrote about how to clean your mattress. Refer to it here to learn how to properly clean your mattress.
While you’re waiting for your mattress after applying the baking soda, you may want to clean the bed frame. Pull the bed away from the wall and vacuum behind and under it. The headboard can also gather a lot of bacteria and dust, so you will want to use your cleaning product to sanitize and clean it. Cleaning your bed frame can also add to the clean aroma in the room and prevent any dust or germs to be kicked up when you jump in your newly cleaned bed.
Carpet and floor: Once you have cleaned everything top to bottom you’ll want to clean your floor. Vacuum the floor first to suck up any loose dust or dirt. If you don’t have a carpeted floor, you’ll want to mop it with a sanitizing mixture to get it nice and clean. If you leave the windows open, it should take less time to dry.
If you have a carpeted bedroom, make sure you give it a very thorough cleaning. You can sprinkle baking soda evenly across the floor to absorb and help get rid of any odors or dirty spots. Let the baking soda set in for about 30 minutes before vacuuming it up.
Just a tip: Adding a few drops of lavender oil to any process while cleaning can add a nice clean aroma to your bedroom.
Now that you have your guide to spring-cleaning your bedroom, it’s time to get started! Leave a comment if you have any tips for cleaning in the bedroom!