Our cleaning guide continues with Ten Things You Forget To Clean In The Bedroom.
Honestly, by the time this series is over, I won’t ever forget to clean something ever again.
Ten Things You Forget To Clean In The Bedroom
So today, this cleaning series finds us in the bedroom, which should be your room of sanctity. The bedroom is where you should be able to feel most relaxed, and you can’t if your bedroom is filled with hidden dust and clutter.
As with our other cleaning lists, this list isn’t in any particular order. So don’t start at the top and work your way down. Just clean it all.
1. Pictures/wall hangings
We don’t have too many pictures hanging in our bedroom because I’m still a little nervous about putting holes in our walls. When we first moved in, I definitely wouldn’t do it because all the walls were brand new. And now, I’m less nervous about holes, but not that less nervous.
So we have a few pictures on our walls. And I’m sure you have a few pictures and wall hangings in your bedroom. You look at them often, but how often do you clean them?
The best way to clean the pictures/wall hangings
Just dust them. Grab a duster and just dust. Dust the frontside of the pictures and wall hangings, but don’t forget to dust the tops of them as well. That’s the part that will get really dusty.
2. Bed skirt
Bed skirts are one of those things that feel so unnecessary. Like really, who needs to dress up their bed? But, without that bed skirt, your box spring would be naked and ugly and a huge eyesore in your bedroom. So you stick the bed skirt between the mattress and box spring and basically never think of it again.
But every once in a while, you should clean it.
Side note about bed skirts: You can actually buy detachable bed skirts. They’re either Velcro or elastic, based on your choice, and can be removed without actually lifting the mattress. If you buy one of those, there’s a better chance of you actually cleaning your bed skirt.
The best way to clean the bed skirt
You should wash your bed skirt at least once every three months or once every two months if you have pets or allergies (or both).
Double check the tag on the bed skirt to make sure it’s machine washable. If it is, put wash the bed skirt in the washing machine on cold. Tumble dry the bed skirt on low and remove it as soon as the cycle is done to prevent wrinkling.
3. Headboard and footboard
If you have a headboard and footboard on your bedframe, your bed probably looks awesome. But your bed may also be a little dusty. I mean, how often do you dust the headboard and footboard? And what about the actual frame itself?
The best way to clean the headboard and footboard
This one is really easy. Just use a duster to dust it. Depending on the material of your headboard and footboard, you can spray cleaner on a rag and wipe it over the surface of your headboard, footboard, and bed frame.
You probably wash the sheets on your mattress on a regular basis, but how often do you actually clean your mattress itself?
The best way to clean the mattress
You can’t just pick up your mattress and toss it in the washing machine. So, what you’ll want to do is take a vacuum (either handheld or a push vacuum with a fabric attachment) and vacuum the mattress.
You can also sprinkle the entire mattress with baking soda, let it sit for a while to pull out any smells, and then vacuum that up.
5. The top of the door frame
I personally dust the door frame every time I’m cleaning the baseboards in our bedroom. But the top of the door frame where no one can see? I skip that all the time. And even if you clean the top of the door frame to your bedroom door, do you also remember to clean the door frame of your closet door? And what about the door heading to your master bathroom?
The best way to clean the top of the door frame
Take a used dryer sheet. Stand on a stepstool and run the dryer sheet along the top of the door frame. That’s it. When you’re cleaning the door frame, remember to clean both sides.
6. Ceiling fan
If you have a ceiling fan in your bedroom, there’s a good chance you run it very often while you sleep. And when you do, you don’t want dust bunnies falling on you.
The good thing is, you actually only have to clean the ceiling fan twice a year. But you should dust it every week.
And the deeper I get into this post, the more I realize just how much dusting people forget to do in the bedroom.
The best way to clean the ceiling fan
Every week, stand on a step stool with a long duster and dust both sides and the edges of the blades. Be sure to dust the light fixture (inside and out) as well.
Then, twice a year, you need to spray household cleaner on the blades, then wipe them down. While you’re doing that, you’ll want to change the direction of your fan.
Ceiling fans should turn left during the summer and right during the winter (it’s based on cold air going up or down, depending on the season). So when you are cleaning the blades, remember to change the direction that your fan is spinning as well.
7. Light fixtures
Not having a ceiling fan doesn’t mean you can completely get away with skipping number six on this list because it does also mention light fixtures. So, even if you don’t have a ceiling fan, you still need to clean the light fixture.
And those are a pain to get back up once you take them down because you need the center piece to go exactly into its hole. When it doesn’t, you start yelling like Happy Gilmore, “Go to your home.” Okay. Maybe that’s just me.
The best way to clean the light fixtures
Unscrew the light fixture and take it down off the ceiling. Don’t try to clean it when it’s still attached. Use a dusting pad or a dry cloth and wipe away any bugs or dust that accumulated in the light fixture.
Then, spray a cloth with household cleaner, or dip it in soap and water, and wash the inside and outside of the light fixture. Use a cloth to dry the light fixture before putting it back up.
If you have curtains in your bedroom, they need to be cleaned. We have curtains up, and I love how they look, but I don’t love that I need to wash them. So … I kind of just forget that they should be taken down and washed every once in a while.
The best way to clean curtains
All of our curtains have always been machine washable. But, constant expose to sun makes them pretty delicate.
So, be sure to check the tag on your curtains and see if yours are machine washable. If they are, wash them in cold water. Then, hang them to dry (don’t use the dryer). When they’re completely dry, you can iron them and put them back up.
This is the same method you’ll use for curtains in every room of your house, so you might want to just gather them all at once and do this at the same time.
When I covered what you forget to clean in the living room, I posted curtains and blinds in the same order. Because I know there are people who are skipping curtains because they have blinds. But blinds need to be cleaned. And when we had blinds in our apartment, I skipped cleaning them way more than I’ve skipped cleaning curtains.
Honestly, cleaning blinds in a time consuming nightmare.
The best way to clean blinds
Start with your highest blind. Take a microfiber cloth and wipe down the blinds, working your way down. That way, the dust falls from the top to the bottom. Use a handheld vacuum to suck up any dust that fell.
After the blinds are dusted, soak them in a bathtub with dish soap for an hour. Use a cloth and wipe them down while they’re in the water. Then, hang the blinds to dry. Put them back up when they’re completely dry.
10. Under the bed
We have a robot vacuum, which is the best thing I’ve ever bought. I tell everyone to buy it because it really is a game changer. The robot vacuum just rolls around, sweeping and vacuuming as it goes.
If you don’t have one, when you’re vacuuming, you probably skip under the bed because it’s just hard to maneuver under there. But don’t skip it forever.
The best way to clean under the bed
Your vacuum probably has a long handle attachment. Put that on and reach under the bed with it, vacuuming everything. This may take a while, but you don’t have to do it that often (unless you have a pet who hides under your bed).
Which of these Ten Things You Forget To Clean In The Bedroom do you forget to clean most often? Let us know in the comments.