With new health concerns circulating and the clocks having turned back for daylight savings, now is the time to start thinking about spring cleaning. But we’re not just talking about vacuuming behind the couch. Unlike a regular deep clean, spring cleaning involves getting down and dirty throughout the entire home—including the most important place—the bedroom.
Where to Start
If you suffer from allergies, you might already know the importance of keeping a clean, dust-free bedroom, but for the rest of us — it’s easy to bypass cleaning those hard to reach places, like underneath the bed. That’s why we recommend starting off your spring cleaning in the bedroom, so you can get a better, sneeze-free sleep when the first pollens of the year start to trickle in through the window. But where to start?
It’s best to take a top-down approach when it comes to cleaning. First, open your windows (weather permitting) and get dusting. Start at the highest places, like shelves and the top of mirrors, artwork, and television sets, and work your way down. Feather dusters work well, as do synthetic, disposable fibers. For the extra dirty spots where dust has turned to grime, we recommend wiping the area with a towel soaked in hot, soapy water, followed by a dry cloth.
Vacuuming is a key, especially if you have carpet in the bedroom. First move your furniture and roll up any area rugs so you can access those hard-to-reach dust bunnies before working your way onto the rug and moldings. We also recommend using a soft vacuum attachment on your bare mattress to get rid of any dust or fluff.
The Wet Clean
Once you’ve finished dusting and vacuuming, you can move onto cleaning your windows, mirrors, and floors. If you want to get really into it, you can also grab a bowl of hot soapy water and start washing the walls. Whatever your ammo, opening the windows is a great way to disperse fumes from heavy cleaning agents and speed up the drying process.
Cleaning Your Bedding
It’s not just floors and surfaces that need a spring clean. In fact, your bedding (pillows, mattress cover, and comforter), should also be washed every few months. Sounds intimidating? Fear not. Most pillows and comforters are machine washable, and while some mattress covers and feather duvets may need to hang dry, the majority of bedding is easy to clean in the washing machine. For more tips on sanitizing and cleaning your bedding, click here.
Shopping for Replacements
If you haven’t kept up with regular washing, or have been holding onto the same pillows and comforters for a number of years, it may be time to invest in a fresh bed set. Not only can pillows retain bacteria and dust mites, but they also act as sponges for your sweat—a triple threat we don’t need to dive into any further. A new set of linen sheets or a down alternative pillow can brighten up your space and leave you feeling refreshed when you wake up.
The Closet Clearout
It’s probably been a while since you last Kondo-ed your closet, so why not try to do a little spring clearout? Even if you’ve recently got rid of our clothes that don’t spark joy, it’s the season to switch out your winter wools for lighter knits and any other items that may have been stowed away for the winter months. This is also a great opportunity to get rid of any winter items you didn’t wear last season. In the case of closet clear-outs, the less clothes—the better!
The Finishing Touches
Once you’ve finished your big clean and closet purge, it’s time to get creative. Been wanting to change the color of your bedroom walls? Or put up some old art? Now is the time to freshen up your living space. Then it’s on to the rest of the house!