Step-by-Step Bedroom Cleaning Checklist to Get That Clean Room Feel

You spend up to a third of your life in your bedroom, so keeping it clean is important. Here’s a bedroom cleaning checklist that shows you how to deep clean your bedroom like a pro!

If you’re getting the recommended seven to eight hours of sleep a night, you’re spending over a quarter of the day in your bedroom. With that in mind, it should be 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.

clean and spacious bedroom with white decor, green plants and a platform bed

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How to Use the Checklist to Clean Your Bedroom

The bedroom cleaning checklist is designed to walk you step by step through deep cleaning your bedroom.  This is what I do when I spring cleaning too.

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.

This cleaning checklist for the bedroom is intended for those times you want to deep clean or spring clean the room. This doesn’t need to be done on a weekly basis. When I deep clean my bedroom, I usually skip my normal bedroom cleaning tasks for that week.

Remember to clean 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.

GET YOUR CLEANING DONE DURING THE WEEK!

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1. Gather Your Cleaning Supplies

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.

  • Trash Can or Bag
  • Basket for Decluttering
  • 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
  • Baking Soda
  • Essential Oils
  • 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
basket of cleaning supplies to deep clean the bedroom

2. Clear the Clutter

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 during a decluttering session. I usually declutter the closet and drawers before I deep clean the bedroom.

3. Dust the Ceiling, Walls, and Doors

Move all furniture away from the wall fare enough for you to get your microfiber mop on the wall.

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.

clean and tidy open concept bedroom with blue walls

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.

Squirrell! Have you tried the Cosy bamboo sheets? They are pure luxury!

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 the 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 the 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.

clean and tidy bedroom with gray wall and accents

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.

clean and tidy bedroom

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4 Comments

  1. Thank you Tanya for some great advice.

  2. Sarah White says:

    Thanks for this blog post, Tanya! I’m reading this while stuck at home with my kids during the Coronavirus quarantine, and I’ve decided to deep clean all of our bedrooms while I have some free time. I also read your post about no-sew face masks videos, so I’ll be making some of those for my family as well. I’ve been reading all kinds of cleaning blogs to keep my home virus-free during this time. Hope you and your family are staying safe and healthy!

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