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Bedroom Cleaning Checklist

Happy young mother playing and having fun with her little son on bed at homeYou spend a lot of time in your bedroom, which is why the steps on this bedroom cleaning checklist is so important. Regular bedroom cleanings can rid your home of the dust can interrupt a good night’s sleep.

Unfortunately, dust in the bedroom is not the only mess that disturbs your slumber. Bedrooms are also home to pet dander, dust mites, and pollen. That’s why we’ve put together a list that guarantees a clean bedroom (quickly!) so you don’t have to continue to sneeze and wheeze. This list also includes the master bathroom, which can also cause annoying allergy symptoms because of its close proximity to the bedroom.

If you don’t want to suffer through the cleaning (ah choo!), it can be helpful to buy a mask for cleaning and a HEPPA filter for the vacuum cleaner. Another option is to hire a cleaning service to take on those regular bedroom cleanings for you. (These tips for hiring the right home cleaning service can help you choose a cleaner you can trust.)

Bedroom Deep Cleaning

Tip: if you have outdoor allergies, don’t hang out laundered items. Laundered items can attract outdoor allergens and bring them into the bedroom, which can trigger allergy symptoms.

___ Clean light fixtures and ceiling fans

___ Clean doors

___ Remove cob webs and dust in corners (from ceiling to floor)

___ Dust artwork and photos

___ Launder bedding

___ Wash windows

___ Dust furniture (i.e. night stands, desks, dressers, etc.)

___ Clean window treatments

___ Launder pet bedding

___ Clean mattress (or mattress cover)

___ Dust door and wall trim

___ Dust trim molding, ledges, and shelves

___ Dust artwork and photos

___ Deep clean carpet or hard floors

Master Bathroom Deep Cleaning

___ Clean bathroom fan and light fixtures

___ Dust artwork and photos

___ Wipe down duct covers

___ Remove dust and cobwebs in corners

___ Wash windows

___ Clean window treatments

___ Dust crown molding, ledges, and shelves

___ Clean top of cabinets

___ Wipe down shower door and shower door frame

___ Clean around top of shower

___ Scrub tile grout/wipe down wainscoting

___ Deep clean tub

___ Clean mirror

___ Scrub bathroom floor grout (for tile)

___ Deep clean floors

___ Clean doors

___Wipe down/clean trim

___ Disinfect waste basket

How to Get the Best Building Maintenance Company

very clean and well-maintained buildingBuilding maintenance is an essential part of facility operations that comes with multiple considerations. A building needs regular maintenance to extend system life and preserve property value while still staying in-budget and considering the long-term needs of the company.

While this seems contradictory, it is possible to find solutions that satisfy all those components. One of those solutions is outsourcing building maintenance to professionals. This effort can be cost-effective because it is often cheaper to contract with a company versus the total compensation of an employee. A comparative analysis can be done in three steps.

Evaluate building needs.

The evaluation starts with compiling a full list of building needs. The list should include what services are needed and the frequency that those services need to be performed. The list of building needs should be comprehensive and include daily and weekly tasks, such as vacuuming and floor cleaning, and seasonal spring and fall maintenance, such as HVAC maintenance.

When compiling this list, consider the amount of time required for the maintenance. Not every building requires full-time help or the cost of hiring a part-time employee. If the building is in another location or is a rental, it may be more convenient hiring a service rather than monitoring an employee.

In addition to building needs, companies should also consider the party responsible for monitoring the employee or communicating with a third-party service. This party is typically the facility manager or maintenance manager.

Interview prospective companies.

If a full analysis concludes that outsourcing is the right solution, the company should identify third-party vendors that can complete tasks on the building maintenance list. This list can include an HVAC company, cleaning company, and parking lot maintenance vendor. In addition to the cost quoted by the third-party vendors, companies should also consider service quality and the cost of working with multiple companies.

The latter should be a consideration for companies that want multiple services done without corresponding with multiple companies. Some companies offer more than one services, such as cleaning and building maintenance services, that add convenience to facility management.

Review contracts.

The last step is to review contract fine print. This should be part of the initial process and a continuing effort to control costs and refine services. Some consideration should also be given to future building maintenance that can reduce long-terms costs, such as light bulb maintenance. While there may be more up-front cost, the long-term savings can be worth the initial investment.