Written by Valerie Sizelove. Reviewed by Sean Busch.
Without regular deep-cleaning, your bedroom can quickly become one of the messiest areas of the house. And with the prevalence of Covid-19 in recent weeks, it’s never been more important to clean effectively and follow it with proper sanitizing.
Puracy’s series on step-by-step cleaning will teach you how to clean each room of the house thoroughly. With the right techniques and Puracy natural cleaning products, your room will be fresher and cleaner.Be sure to check out our Cleaning 101 articles for deep-cleaning your kitchen and bathroom!
It’s normal to feel overwhelmed by any messy room, but frequent care is easy care. Since this could take most of a morning or afternoon, try breaking the task into small chunks to make it feel more manageable. Set aside specific time in your calendar for the task – be sure to hold yourself accountable.
Gather Your Cleaning Supplies
Before you begin, gather all of your necessary cleaning supplies to make the cleaning process go much more smoothly. If you’re new to the natural cleaning supply world, you’ll find that you don’t need much to get the job done.
We keep the following in our steady cleaning rotation:
- Microfiber towels: Microfiber collects more dirt and grime than regular rags due to its high density of fibers. We recommend using Puracy Edgeless Microfiber Towels, which have 300% higher fiber density than regular rags.
- All-purpose cleaning spray: Try Puracy Natural Multi-Surface Cleaner, which can be used to dust all surfaces, clean glass, and remove stubborn dirt spots.
- White vinegar: Vinegar is a gentle, natural cleaning agent that can be mixed with water in a 50/50 solution to knock out tough dirt and grime on many surfaces.
- Duster: While most dusting can be done with a towel, dusters come in all shapes and sizes. We prefer microfiber dusters with bendability to help you reach difficult areas.
- Cleaning bucket: A durable bucket with a metal handle and spout will make it easy to transport cleaning solutions and pour them out when finished.
- Vacuum: We recommend a vacuum with HEPA filters, which catch dust and airborne particles (rather than simply blowing them through the machine and back into the air).
- Carpet shampooer (if applicable): We love the power and price of the Bissell Little Green ProHeat, which makes removing stains from carpets and mattresses a cinch.
- Puracy Natural Stain Remover: Plant-based enzymes in this solution attack and defeat the toughest of stains on carpets, mattresses, and even bedding.
- Microfiber mop (for hardwood floors): Choose a mop with a solution reservoir so you have greater control over the amount of liquid that’s applied to the floor.
- 1-2 laundry baskets: These will help you collect dirty clothes (and other odds and ends) that need to be kept out of the way while you clean.
- Multiple garbage bags
1. Wash Bedding
Remove all sheets, blankets, pillowcases, pillows, and curtains. Place bedsheets and pillowcases in the washer first, following manufacturer instructions. Puracy Natural Laundry Detergent has been designed to clean with plant-powered enzymes and natural cleansers – while leaving sheets irritant-free.
Wash these textiles throughout the entire room-cleaning process. Continue rotating loads through the cycle periodically (this works best when you’re between tasks).
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How to Wash Pillows and Blankets
We always recommend using a pillowcase and waterproof pillow protector to eliminate dirt, dust mites, and allergen buildup. That said, many polyester-filled and down pillows can be thrown in traditional washing machines twice a year. To keep your washing machine balanced, wash at least two simultaneously.
Give pillows and blankets at least an hour in the dryer at moderate heat levels to prevent dampness and mildew. For further drying, you can hang pillows and blankets from a clothesline outside for a wonderfully fresh scent.Down pillows and blankets should be dried with no heat. To prevent damp spots, refluff pillows and blankets periodically throughout the dry cycle – or add a couple tennis balls to the load.
2. Declutter Your Bedroom
In the words of my father, “If it isn’t furniture (or nailed down), it needs to be off the floor.” Declutter your bedroom by removing clutter, clothes, and anything else that takes up unnecessary space:
- Pick up all trash from tabletops, floors, etc.
- Gather dirty laundry and place it in a basket or hamper.
- Use a separate catch-all basket to gather items that don’t belong in the bedroom.
- Do a quick sweep through drawers to minimize excess junk that’s rarely used or is outdated.
- After your room is clean, go back and find homes for the items in your catch-all basket.
3. Dust from Top to Bottom
Forget the feather dusters: They spread dust around instead of picking it up. We recommend keeping a microfiber cloth, microfiber duster, and a gentle cleaning solution to help trap dust. Fold your towel in half twice (forming a square) and give it a small spritz with Puracy Natural Multi-Surface Cleaner (or 50/50 vinegar and water solution in a reusable spray bottle).
Remember: You’re aiming for a slightly damp towel – not one that’s dripping with solution.
Wipe flat areas slowly, covering the entire area in as few sweeps as possible (fast movements will only spread dust). Periodically check your towel for dirt and refold it to expose clean area.
Top of the Room
Extendable and bendable dusters can help you hit light fixtures, ceiling fan blades, door frames, and ceiling corners. Bendable dusters fit nicely over horizontal fan blades, allowing you to simply sweep the duster back and forth to clean them. Some light fixtures (or extra-dusty spots) require up-close hand cleaning, meaning you may need to stand on a stool or safety ladder.
Use the brush nozzle attachment on a vacuum for a quick sweep to dislodge dust and cobwebs, from corners, sills, etc. Once that’s done, hold a clean microfiber cloth against the wall with a dry mop, then wipe up and down in a “W” motion.
Mid-Height and Floor Level
Work your way down through the room, wiping picture frames, furniture, unplugged electronics, and vents with a damp cloth. You may need to use a vacuum hose for tight spaces.At the bottom of your room, use a vacuum hose attachment to pick up excess dust from baseboards, corners, and floor vents. You don’t have to vacuum or sweep the rest of the floor yet: You’ll do that toward the end of the cleaning process.
4. Clean Bedroom Windows
For window glass, Puracy Natural Multi-Surface Cleaner and a clean, folded, microfiber towel works extremely well. Visually divide the window surface into two-by-two squares and then apply one spray of cleaning solution per square.
Begin with one long wipe that frames the window edges, and follow that with long, overlapping strokes in a “Z” pattern. Make sure that your window cleaner evaporates immediately after each wipe. If you’re seeing streaks, you’re probably using too much product.
A squeegee is another effective way to get clean windows. Following the same two-by-two method, position your squeegee at a 30º angle from the glass surface and – in vertical movements – work your way across the window to remove excess product.
How to Clean Blinds/Slats
If you have blinds or slats on your windows, tackle this step before cleaning glass.
Using your 50/50 vinegar-water mixture in a bowl or cleaning bucket, dampen your microfiber towel and place it over your fingertips. Pinching a blind slat between your covered fingers, run the cloth down its length.
Repeat this method on each slat, working from the top to the bottom. Rinse the cloth periodically as dust accumulates, dipping it into more cleaning solution as necessary.
Finally, remove dust from window sills with some multi-surface spray and a fresh microfiber cloth.
5. Clean Out Your Closet
If you have a closet or wardrobe, remove all clothing and lay it on your mattress. Pick out items you haven’t worn in over a year, clothing that doesn’t fit, and any damaged or stained items. You don’t need to implement drastic standards, but a quick purge will free up space in your closet and instantly make it look more organized.
While it’s still empty, dust the top corners and ceiling lights in the closet, working your way down to the baseboards. Wipe down shelving, the curtain rod, and any other closet fixtures using a microfiber towel and natural surface cleaner.
When replacing everything, organize your clothing by using same-size hangers and sorting by clothing type or even color.
6. Organize Dressers and Nightstands
Empty the contents of each drawer one at a time so you can wipe down the empty drawers. Tools like drawer organizers will make it easier to keep dressers and nightstands more orderly.Evaluate the items you choose to display on your nightstand. This area is close to where you sleep, so it should be free of clutter and distractions. If you keep your phone by the bed, consider moving your charger to another area of the room to improve your sleep. Also use a microfiber towel that’s been moistened with our multi-surface spray to clean your charging cable and phone connector – dead skin cells and grime can cause build up.
7. Clean Your Mattress
While your linens are in the wash, your bed still needs more cleaning. If you don’t have a waterproof mattress cover (which is highly recommended), a mattress deep-clean should be done around twice a year using a vacuum and carpet cleaner.
First, vacuum the mattress surface with an upholstery attachment to remove dust, dust mites, and other debris. Don’t forget the sides and narrow spaces near the seams.
How to Remove Mattress Stains and Spots
If stains are fresh, remove any excess material to avoid spreading it to clean areas. Next, treat stains and spots with Puracy Natural Stain Remover. This product breaks down stain particles by speeding up natural chemical reactions, releasing them from the fabric and making them easier to remove.
Give the product 15 minutes or longer to work. Tougher stains may need more soaking time. Using the blot method, work to remove our enzymatic stain remover. Be sure to refer to the manufacturer’s instructions.
Finally, blot the mattress dry with a dry towel, removing as much moisture as possible. Give your mattress several hours to completely dry before returning your sheets and linens.
8. Clean the Floor
It’s time to vаcuum, sweep, and/or mop up all that dust you’ve dislodged. Use a brush attachment and pay special attention to the baseboards first. Crevice attachments are ideal for edge seams, which ensure that every square inch has been tackled.
How to Clean a Bedroom Carpet
Vacuum the entire floor, making sure to get underneath moveable furniture. Work on one section of the room at a time in a “Y” pattern with wide, overlapping strokes. Use the hose attachment to pick up dirt in corners and crevices.
Removing Carpet Stains
If you have carpet stains, spray them with our natural stain remover. Apply enough enzyme-based stain remover to saturate stains for at least 15 minutes. Next, fill the tank of your carpet shampooer with warm water and a cleaning solution (be sure to follow the manufacturer instructions).
Puracy Natural Carpet & Upholstery Shampoo utilizes plant-based cleansers that effectively power through carpet dirt without leaving behind harmful chemicals. Before using, be sure to dilute this product with water according to manufacturer instructions.
Move your carpet cleaner forward slowly, dispensing cleaning solution evenly and lightly. After about three or four feet, stop dispensing and move the cleaner backward to where it began. This will allow the carpet cleaner to suck up water, as well as the cleaning solution (and dirt!). Repeat as often as necessary before moving on to a new strip of carpet.
Finally, do a clean rinse with water to ensure that the shampoo has been effectively lifted away. Your carpet should be dry within a few hours.
How to Clean Hardwood Floors
After you vacuum or sweep your hardwood floor, spot clean and mop it to expose a shiny, clean surface. Cleaning hardwood floors requires special care, since excess water can soak into crevices and be absorbed by the wood, causing bending and breakage. The way you clean your hardwood floor depends on its coating and material type.
When mopping, use a damp mop to clean the floor, making sure to wring out excess water. In 2’ x 2’ sections, use a “Z” motion to effectively collect dirt and grime. Dry any remaining wet spots with a microfiber mop.
Cleaning Surface-Sealed Flooring
Surface-sealed floors (e.g. polyurethane, polyacrylic, urethane) are the simplest to clean because most are water and stain resistant. After sweeping, simply fill a bucket with warm water and add a squirt of natural dish soap and use the above tactics.
Varnished, Lacquered, & Shellacked Flooring
Since this type of flooring isn't water resistant, it’s best to use a specialized hardwood cleaner for deep cleaning. However, a few drops of water on a damp towel are acceptable for wiping up small spots and stains, as long as you immediately dry the area with another microfiber towel.
Create a solution of warm water and hardwood cleaning product (according to directions on the bottle), then mop with the regular instructions. Finish by treating your floors with an appropriate wood wax or paste to add protection and ward off dirt.
Laminate Wood Floors
Unsealed, Oil-Treated, Seal-Treated Flooring
Do not apply cleaning solution or water to unsealed, oil-treated, or penetrating seal-treated floors. These should be cleaned with special waxes and pastes designed to protect the wood during cleaning. Many liquids can seep straight into the wood of these floors, causing permanent damage, but Puracy Multi-Surface Cleaner is safe for use when used with a microfiber mop.
9. Make Your Bed (and Call It a Day)
Once your mattress is dry, replace your freshly-cleaned bedding and pillows for a completely refreshed space. Fall back on your bed, take a deep breath, and revel in a job well done.
Enjoy a Naturally Clean Bedroom
Puracy natural products knock out dirt in your room while keeping your home free of chemicals and irritants. It only takes a few natural cleaners – like Puracy Multi-Surface Cleaner and Natural Laundry Detergent – to enjoy a clean, refreshed bedroom.