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If you’re getting the Mayo Clinic’s recommended seven to nine hours of sleep a night, you’re spending over a quarter of the day in your bedroom. With that in mind, you need to use this bedroom cleaning checklist to make it one of the cleanest rooms in your home.
The normal tidying up is fine for your weekly cleaning routine, but periodically you’ll need to give your bedroom a thorough, deep cleaning.
What’s Different About the Bedroom Deep Cleaning Checklist
During your weekly cleaning routine, you probably wipe down most of the visible surfaces, do a bit of spot cleaning, change the sheets, empty the trash, and call it good. That’s what I normally do and that’s just fine most of the time.
The room looks tidy and it’s pretty clean on the surface, but what happens when you notice that dusty lighting fixture? You know that’s just the tip of the iceberg and now it’s going to drive you crazy.
If it’s been a while since your last deep cleaning, there’s bound to be dust, dirt, and pet hair lurking in those light fixtures, under the bed, behind the dresser, and who knows where else.
It’s all out of sight and out of mind . . . until it isn’t! You already noticed it, and now you can’t unsee it.
It’s time to do a very thorough deep cleaning of your bedroom, so here’s a bedroom cleaning checklist that’ll help you clean yours like a pro.
How to Use the Checklist
The bedroom cleaning checklist is designed to walk you step by step through deep cleaning your bedroom. It’s arranged in a top down order so you aren’t moving dust onto previously cleaned surfaces and having to re-clean them.
While the checklist does include a decluttering step, it’s only meant to eliminate surface clutter to ease the cleaning process. It doesn’t address any other areas that would require attention during a thorough bedroom decluttering session.
Bedroom Cleaning Checklist
This cleaning checklist for the bedroom is intended for those times you want to deep clean the room. This doesn’t need to be done on a weekly basis. When I do deep clean the bedroom, I typically skip my normal tasks for that week.
As always, I suggest cleaning in a ‘top to bottom’ pattern so you don’t knock dust and dirt right back onto a surface you just cleaned. With that in mind, grab a fresh copy of the bedroom cleaning checklist below because it’s time to get started.
1. Gather Your Bedroom Cleaning Supplies (page 2 of checklist)
I’ve listed these in order of usage, but I’d suggest getting them all together at once so you don’t get distracted by having to go get more supplies or realizing you’re completely out of one of your essentials.
- Bedroom Cleaning Checklist
- Trash Can or Bag
- Basket for Decluttering
- I prefer a cloth basket with handles because they typically hold more and are easier to carry.
- Microfiber Mop (2 pads)
- I like this microfiber mop because the pads have a different texture. I use the pink one for dusting the ceiling and walls, and the green one for washing them.
- Microfiber Cloths (at least 3)
- I swear by these microfiber cloths. I use each of the three different colors for different applications. The blue for dusting, washing, and most dirty messes, the green for glass, and the yellow for polishing,
- Cleaning Solution & Bucket
- I usually mix one gallon of hot water with 1 capful of Mr. Clean and a squirt of Dawn dish soap.
- Any small bucket or large bowl will work
- Glass Cleaner
- I use this glass cleaner on my windows and mirrors.
- Baking Soda
- Essential Oils
- Optional. Pick a fragrance and brand you like.
- Dusting Polish
- This will depend heavily on the type of furniture you have in the room. Use one that won’t ruin your furniture.
- Broom and Mop or Vacuum and Carpet Cleaner
- I’ve had numerous vacuums over the years (including Kirby and Oreck), and I still like this upright vacuum the best
- Candle or Reed Diffuser
- Pick your favorite scent
2. Declutter All Flat Surfaces
Pick up any garbage that is laying around and throw it in your trash bag.
Then remove clutter from all of your visible surfaces including shelves, dresser tops, and floors. If things are just out of place, put them away. If they don’t belong in the bedroom, place them in the basket to be moved later.
You can go through drawers and closets at this time if you like, or you can do them doing a decluttering session. I usually declutter the closet and drawers before I do the deep cleaning of the bedroom.
3. Dust the Ceiling, Walls, and Doors
Using the microfiber mop, dust the ceiling and all walls in the bedroom. Work in a ‘top to bottom’ and ‘left to right’ pattern so you aren’t cleaning twice.
You’ll be shocked how much dust can build up on your walls, especially if they’re textured at all.
Use a microfiber cloth to dust the doors and don’t forget the top edge.
4. Wash All Walls, Doors, Doorknobs and Light Switches
Wash your walls with the microfiber mop in the same pattern as before. Be careful to not oversaturate the microfiber so you don’t have water dripping down your walls.
Not only can it make a mess on your floor, but it could also leave water streaks and drips down your walls.
Wash your doors, doorknobs and light switches using a damp microfiber cloth.
5. Clean Any Lighting Fixtures
Dust lighting fixtures, lampshades, and bulbs using a microfiber cloth. If fixture covers are extra grimy, soak them in soapy water or run them through the dishwasher.
You might also need to wash the light bulbs with a damp microfiber cloth if they are extra grimy.
CAUTION: Make sure to turn off the lights and let the bulbs cool a bit before washing them. Hot bulbs can burn you, melt your cloth, or crack depending on the temperature of your damp cloth.
6. Clean the Windows & Coverings
Remove and wash any cloth window coverings. If they aren’t washable, set them aside so you can take them to the cleaners.
Dust and wipe down blinds. I start with a dry microfiber cloth and then a damp one for any stubborn spots.
Wash windows and window tracks as needed. If your window tracks are really dirty, try this hack for clean window tracks.
7. Strip Your Bed Linens
Remove and wash all bed linens, including pillows, mattress toppers, blankets, comforters, and bed skirts if present.
8. Clean the Mattress
Dust mattress with baking soda and leave sit for ten minutes. Vacuum up the baking soda, spritz with essential oils and flip or rotate mattress as needed.
9. Dust Your Furniture
With a microfiber cloth, dust all furniture surfaces including your bed frame.
Move any furniture away from the wall in order to clean backside. You may need to use the vacuum and upholstery brush if it’s super dusty.
10. Clean Any Mirrors and Glass
Clean any mirrors or glass in the room. Don’t forget mirrors on the backs of doors.
11. Clean All Baseboards
While your furniture is pulled out, dust and clean your baseboards and vacuum underneath/behind your furniture. When finished, push the furniture back into place.
12. Polish Your Furniture
Polish all furniture pieces as applicable. Please follow the instructions for the type of furniture you have. You can ruin a beautiful piece of furniture by using the wrong cleaning products on it. If you aren’t sure, please consult the furniture manufacturer.
13. Clean the Floors
Sweep, vacuum, shampoo, or mop your floors. Don’t forget to get underneath the bed if you didn’t get it in the last step.
14. Remove Trash and Clutter
Throw trash away, and move basket of clutter to where it belongs.
15. Finishing Touches
Make the bed with fresh, clean linens. Then light your favorite scented candle or top off the reed diffuser with your favorite scented oil.
Bedroom Cleaning Checklist Complete
Go through your checklist one more time to make sure you didn’t miss anything.
Once you’re certain that you’re done, you can relax and enjoy your freshly cleaned bedroom.