Did you know that the average American spends around half their life in or on their bed? We spend a third of our time sleeping and plenty more time in our bedrooms or sitting on our beds watching TV.
Bedrooms, therefore, play a pivotal role in our lives and yet we often neglect them. The ideal bedroom is a sanctuary where you can feel relaxed and safe. If you haven't brushed up on these bedroom cleaning tips recently, it might be less relaxing and more sneeze-inducing.
To reclaim your bedroom paradise and ensure that you and your family get the best possible sleep, it's time to clean.
Keep reading to find out how to make your bedroom spick and span once more.
A sock here, a stack of books there, what's the harm?
Clutter builds up over time until it becomes so time-consuming to face that we ignore it again. Clutter can cause stress though and makes us feel a variety of negative emotions from guilt to frustration.
Having a messy bedroom doesn't just derail your calm, it also attracts dust and grime. Decluttering is the first thing you'll need to do when deep cleaning your bedroom. Whether it's tidying away, throwing out or filling up the laundry basket, stick on some music and start decluttering.
2. Wash Soft Furnishings
Rugs, bedside table cloths, and curtains all house an uncouth amount of dirt and dust. They often don't look dusty until you get close up and then you'll see how they need cleaning too.
You can wash or vacuum curtains, depending on their size and the material. You can get curtains dry cleaned professionally and some curtains can be hand washed before re-hanging.
Rugs are black holes for dust and dirt, even if you shake them out or vacuum them regularly. Stick them in the washing machine if their care label allows it or hand wash them. Many rugs will have color that runs, so wash them separately or with similar colored fabrics.
3. Inspect Your Windows
In the summertime, many of us keep our windows thrown open which helps ventilate our homes and brings in fresh air. It also brings in bugs and pollen though, which cling to dusty window sills.
In winter, window sills and sealant are vulnerable to mold and mildew. These appear as tiny black dots and spread out if not cleaned away often. Mold can even spread to window glass and its slow growth is easy to overlook.
Wipe down your window sills every week to keep dust and grime away. You can use a diluted bleach solution to spritz on window sealant which will kill mold and mildew and prevent it from staining.
4. Deep Clean Your Carpet
How often do you get the crevice nozzle out of the cupboard and vacuum along where the carpet meets the wall? When was the last time you washed your carpet?
If you have a carpeted bedroom, vacuuming regularly helps to keep it clean. Vacuuming alone doesn't clean your carpet fully though so once a year it's a great idea to wash it deeply.
You can get easy-to-use carpet shampoo or even hire a carpet washing machine to make the job as professional as possible.
By washing your bedroom carpet, you're getting rid of months or years worth of dust mites and other allergens.
5. Dust Forgotten Places
Dust builds up alarmingly quickly and while it looks harmless, 20% of Americans are allergic to dust mites. As feeling wheezy and inflamed when you're trying to get a good night's sleep isn't ideal, you'll need to reduce the dust in your bedroom.
Dust will fall anywhere and everywhere, making it a big job if you haven't dusted in a while. Dusting regularly will help reduce instances of stubborn dust but the key is to dust oft-forgotten places.
- Tops of light switches
- Bed frames
- TVs and TV stands
- Tops of freestanding closets
6. Clean Light Fixtures
Light fixtures are a classic location for dust and allergens to stay for months or more. Light shades, bulbs, and even ceiling cords collect dust. The longer the dust stays for, the more it becomes sticky and difficult to remove.
When cleaning light fixtures, you'll probably have to use a step ladder or other stable base. It's best to get a second person to help you and pass you tools, cloths, and cleaning spray as you need them.
Always turn the light off before attempting to remove a bulb and never spray any electrical contacts. If you suffer from allergies, a face mask will help you avoid falling dust as you remove overly dusty fixtures.
7. Get Under the Bed
Deep cleaning your bedroom is a great time to rethink how to get the most out of the space there.
This is a huge area that you can use for storage but organization is the key. There's nothing worse than knowing something is under the bed somewhere, but having to take everything out first.
Unless you have an under-bed space that's closed off, it's a good idea to vacuum under your bed. Dust and dirt can still find their way under the bed so start by removing everything.
Vacuum under your bed and clean any baseboards that might be hiding down there too. When you replace the items that live underneath, you can reorganize and sort through things you no longer need.
Sleep Better With These Bedroom Cleaning Tips
Few of us have time to do a regular deep clean of our bedrooms and the little things often get missed during the weekly blitz.
Dust mites and dirt can cause allergic reactions that hamper your sleeping though, and you might not realize until you've deep cleaned to remove them. With these bedroom cleaning tips, you could find yourself sleeping better in no time.
Washing and dusting things like curtains, carpets, and baseboards is a great way to get rid of dust that's been hiding for months. Light fixtures are key places that get forgotten and cleaning these semi-regularly can help keep dust levels down.
Deep cleaning your bedroom gives you a breath of fresh air and it's a great time to consider what needs replacing.
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