- Pile up blankets, pillows, curtains and mattress and pillow protectors and sort into piles that need to be washed, dry cleaned, replaced or aired.
- If it's a warm, dry day, consider pulling your mattress out into the sun where it can air out. Sprinkle it with a little bit of bi-carb soda to remove any unpleasant odors.
- Vacuum mattress with brush attachment, focusing on any piping and other crevices.
- Vacuum floor, including under the bed and furniture. Use attachments to get into tight spaces.
- For wooden floors, follow up with a light mop using a gentle floor cleaner.
SKIRTING BOARDS AND CORNICES
- Dust and wipe down light fittings, ceiling fans, skirting boards, picture rails, tops of doors and hanging frames. You'll be amazed at how much a microfibre cloth will pick up.
- For cornices, you may need to grab the step ladder and wipe with a damp cloth. If you don't have a step ladder handy, grab your vacuum, extend the wand, and using the brush attachment, vacuum the dust.
- Dust and clean all surfaces with a natural spray cleaner or a damp microfibre cloth. Don't forget light switches.
- Give mirrors the once-over with a solution of methylated spirits and water (1/4 cup to 1/2 bucket of water). Don't use newspaper as the ink may smudge.
- Wardrobes can often harbour nasties such as mould and dust. Clear the floor and vacuum away any dirt and debris.
- Wipe down shelves with a solution of vinegar and water. Allow to dry completely before putting clothes away.
- Replace any moisture absorbers and fragrance sachets if required.
- If, while cleaning your wardrobe you find that mildew is a problem, check out our guide to removing mould and mildew.
- Wash windows inside and out. Use a squeegee to get a streak-free finish.
- Wipe down any sliding window or door tracks as these tend to be a haven for dust.
CURTAINS AND BLINDS
- Wipe or dust down blinds with a soft, clean brush. Brush away any cobwebs from ceiling corners.
- Remove curtains from the curtain rod and machine wash with a mild detergent. Allow to dry completely.
- Consider investing in an air-purifying unit or fan. This will help to keep your bedroom ventilated and from airborne allergens such as dust, pollen and mould spores. You can buy one that purifies the entire room, or a personal machine which can be placed on a bedside table and deliver purified air right where it's needed.
- Detach any ducted air-conditioning vents and wash them in a solution of vinegar, soap and water. This will dissolve grime and wash away any surface dust. Dry vents thoroughly before putting them back into place.
- If you have a reverse-cycle air-conditioner, you may need to clean the wall unit.
Now that you know the steps, make your bedroom tidying routine run smoothly with this easy-to-follow room cleaning checklist.