Spring Cleaning Part 1 - Tackle the Bedrooms
If you are going to do that annual deep
clean, one of the most important rooms in the house is the bedroom. Because
bedrooms have so many fiber surfaces they really collect dust and other
household allergens. So, it is important to give them a good clean, but you have
to be careful how and when you do it.
It is best to tackle the bedroom early in the day. That will give all the dust
you stir up plenty of time to settle before you go to bed. First, turn your HEPA
air cleaner onto its highest setting. Next, if you are highly allergic to dust
mites and dust, then be sure to wear a mask when cleaning. Usually when I talk
about cleaning strategies, I recommend to start at the top and work down. The
bedroom has a slight deviation from this plan. Start with the bed.
Strip all bedding off the bed. This means sheets, blankets, duvets, duvet
covers, zippered mattress, and pillow covers. Everything comes off. Washable
linens go into the washer on either 140 degree water or if you want to use a
cooler temperature then wash with some Allerwash. Same goes for curtains and
dust ruffles and pillow shams. Tear that bed apart and if it is washable, get it
in the wash. If you have bedding that is not washable, such as silk or wool,
then take it outside while you are cleaning and expose it to the natural
sunlight. Sunlight will refresh wool and silk. Be sure to lightly spray the
non-washable bedding down with the ADMS Allergen Spray before you bring it back
The reason is twofold, first the bedding might have picked up pollen or mold
spore while outside and secondly, you want to treat the surfaces to denature the
allergens that remain.
Now that the bed is torn apart and the washing started, its time to start
cleaning. Once again. I start with the walls and work from the top to the
bottom. When it comes to deep cleaning the bedroom, my Miele vacuum cleaner is
my best friend. I extend the wand fully, put on the smooth floor brush, then
start to vacuum from the top down starting in one corner and working my way
around the room. Next vacuum and wipe down woodwork. If you have pictures on the
wall, this is the time to take them down, clean them and put them back up. Pull
furniture slightly away from walls so you can clean behind it. Now its time to
clean the furniture. Start with the nightstand. Open the drawers and remove all
Tip: This is a good time to sort through and throw out items you don't need to
keep and haven't used in last 6 months or a year. This is the hardest part for
me because I want to hang onto everything.
Once the drawers are empty, I use the round dusting brush on my vacuum cleaner
to thoroughly clean the inside of the drawer and the rails where the drawers
glide. Return the remaining contents and move on to the next drawer. Repeat this
process for any chests and dressers. Make sure you have two trash bags handy.
One is for things you are going to discard and the second is for things you are
going to donate. Since everything is coming out of the drawers, this is a
perfect time to sort and donate any clothing you aren't/won't be wearing.
Now, you are ready to wipe down the surfaces of the furniture. I first vacuum
everything with my round dusting brush, then you can polish. If you have wood
furniture and want a shine that doesn't attract dust, try the Eat My Dust
furniture polish. I don't personally have much wood furniture in my house, but I
recently used it to clean the pews and woodwork at church and was really
impressed with its performance. Best of all, besides leaving no residue, it also
doesn't leave any odor.
Since you had to stand the bed up to get the zippered cover off, this is a great
time to vacuum under the bed and vacuum and wipe down the bed rails as well.
Next, its time to wipe down the knick-knacks or wash them in the sink. Its not a
good idea to have many dust catching knick-knacks in the bedroom, so this should
just take a few minutes. If it takes very long to wipe down your knick-knacks it
is a clear sign you have too many and this is a good time to decide what needs
to stay out and what needs to be put away.
If you have the energy, its time to tackle the closet. Frankly, I do the closets
separate. As part of the bedroom clean, I just make sure that the doors are
cleaned and save the closet innards for another day.
Lastly, clean the floors thoroughly. Hopefully you have a hard surface floor
that just needs a thorough vacuuming and steaming. If you have carpet, vacuum
thoroughly and then treat with the X-Mite Powder or ADMS Spray as I described in
the blog post on cleaning the living areas.
Bring cleaned bedding back into room. Zip back up mattress, pillows, and duvets.
Put your freshly washed sheets on the bed and re-assemble. Leave the air cleaner
on the high setting for the next couple of hours. Close the bedroom door. Now,
treat yourself to a soak in the bath, a cup of tea or adult beverage of your
choice, or just sit outside and swing. Just rest, you deserve it!
Til Next Time!
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