Your bedroom should be a peaceful and calming oasis, a space where you can relax and unwind after a long day with a good novel and a lush scented candle, away from work stresses or family. Sometimes it can be hard to get settled if your surroundings are cluttered and messy – which can easily happen during the week if you’re too busy to keep on top of the slow build-up of daily clutter. And where there’s clutter, it’s far harder to keep on top of the cleaning.
Here’s how to deep clean your bedroom and turn it into a relaxing and clutter-free zone…
How to declutter a bedroom
Start by having a good clear out of anything you no longer wear or use. Get a charity bag and fill with items that you no longer want – if they’re in good enough condition, you can take them to charity shop (make sure they’re clean first). If not, take them to your local recycling bank. If they are in brilliant condition but you no longer wear them, why not sell clothes online?
Make more space in the wardrobe
To free up some space, remove clothes that are not currently in season from your wardrobe, cupboards or chest of drawers. Pack away anything you don’t need in vacuum storage bags (we recommend recommend Pack-Mate (£13.99 for 2, Lakeland). Tuck them into storage boxes or buy an under the bed storage bag (£16.99). Experts advise not to use cardboard boxes to store clothes as they aren’t as sturdy and moth larvae will chew through them.
GH tip: Make sure to wash your garments thoroughly before you put them away in your cupboard or storage, as clothes moths are drawn to perspiration and food stains, particularly on natural fibres such as cotton or wool.
Organise make-up and jewellery
When it comes to make-up, the rule is if you haven’t used it for a year (six months for mascara and things like liquid eyeliner), it’s time to bin it! Then you can sort out products you use on a daily basis from the ones that are used for special occasions. Place all the make-up you seldom use in a separate box.
Organise jewellery in a compartmentalised box or hang neatly on a jewellery tree.
To clean silver, begin by brushing carefully as silver is a soft metal. The GHI experts recommend rubbing in straight, even strokes but never rub silver crosswise or with a rotary movement. Silver polishing cloths (£5.50) are the ideal way to polish more delicate items. For polishing, use a cream or liquid polish (£3) which are available to buy from most supermarkets for around £3, and are often recommended by manufacturers of fine silver services. Allow to dry to a fine, powdery deposit, then buff with a soft, dry cloth.
Sort out books
Don’t keep more than one our two books by your beside or on your beside table or cabinet, as your sleeping area should be clutter-free to help clear your mind before sleep. To clean books, use a microfibre cloth on the covers to get rid of any dust.
Time for a deep clean!
It’s a good idea to vacuum the inside of drawers every so often to keep them free of debris, dust, fluff and lint. Draw liners (£8.99) can are great for organising and protecting the interior of your chest of drawers.
Freshen up your mattress
It’s also important to tackle your mattress with the vacuum too (check the manufacturer’s instructions first as not all mattresses should be vacuumed) – this will reduce the risk of dust mites (or even bed bugs) moving in. If you have one, use the upholstery attachment of your vacuum cleaner to make the task easier and more efficient. Don’t neglect the smaller areas, including around any buttons and binding. Some manufacturers recommend rotating or turning the mattress over every six months to ensure even wear and maintain the shape of the mattress but many these days are designed not to be turned. Consult the manufacturer’s recommendations.
To get rid of stains on your mattress, stand them up before you tackle them, then sponge the stained area with cold water, taking care not to over-wet. Next, blot with a dry cloth, then spot-treat with a stain remover designed for use on carpet or upholstery. Rinse with fresh, cold water, then blot dry. If the stained area smells unpleasant, add a few drop of disinfectant to the water you use to rinse the stain.
To avoid dust mites from taking up residence in your mattress, change your sheets and duvet covers at least once a week and wash them at at a minimum temperature of 60°C.
Let the light in
Sparkling windows and mirrors
Vacuuming your window sills and windows will help keep them free of dust, dirt and pesky pollen – which can help prevent allergies. To clean the glass, use branded window cleaner or create your own with a solution of one part distilled white vinegar to nine parts water into an old spray bottle. Use a lint-free cloth to wipe them down and then a chamois leather to buff them to their original shine.
GH TIP Don’t do this on a very sunny day, as the heat will make the glass dry too quickly and cause smears.
Spring clean your curtains
Keep your curtains clean, dust-free and in good condition by vacuuming them weekly from top to bottom with the upholstery tool from your vacuum cleaner. It’s recommended you wash your curtains every few years, whatever fabric they are made of.
First, remove all hooks and curtain weights and loosen the heading tape. Let down the hem if the fabric is likely to shrink slightly. Shake to remove dust. Then soak the curtains in cold water and wash carefully, according to the type of fabric. If hand-washing, make sure the detergent is thoroughly dissolved before immersing the curtains. Do not rub or wring. Rinse thoroughly and squeeze out as much water as possible, or use a short washing machine spin. If machine-washing, use a program for delicates. Only spin or iron them if the care label recommends.
Clean your venetian blinds
If you have blinds rather than curtains, begin with some light dusting, using a cloth or feather duster. Work your way across the panels, making sure you clean each one individually, one after the other, to get rid of as much dust as possible. To make the job speedier, use cheap cotton gloves and run your fingers along the slats (you can buy cotton gloves from any chemist). Or, there are specially made blinds cleaners like a Lakeland brush (£4.99). Don’t forget about the other sections such as the handles and strings.
Don’t forget light switches!
To tackle light switches, spray a cleaner, or a homemade one made from distilled white vinegar, directly on the cloth (and not on the plate) and then wipe to remove sticky fingerprints and other grime that may have built up. Finish by buffing to dry.
Tackle the floors
Clean your carpets
Give the carpet a good vacuum, making sure you do the edges of your carpet and under radiators with the crevice tool, which will help to prevent a build of dust, lint and fluff. Don’t forget to hoover under the bed, under heavy furniture, in the bottom of the wardrobe and behind the bedhead.
Some people deep clean their carpets every three months. If that’s you, it might be worth buying one of our top rated carpet cleaning machines as this will be cheaper than repeatedly hiring a machine. Use the shampoo recommended by the machine manufacturer. GHI recommends Bissell carpet cleaners. For immediate stains, GHI recommends Dr. Beckmann’s carpet cleaner (£2.70).
Make wooden floors shine
If you have wooden floors, the best way to clean them depends on whether they’re sealed or not. For sealed floors, sweep and damp mop, and for unsealed, sweep and re-polish. For laminate flooring, vacuum and wash with a lightly dampened mop. To tackle stains, marks and stains, use a dilute solution of water and vinegar. For detailed advice on all floorings, check out our full guide.
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