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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

7 Ways to Clean Your Indoor Allergies Away

young woman sneezing into a tissue with really bad indoor allergiesSneezing, wheezing, runny nose…we’ll just say it: indoor allergies are unpleasant.  That may be an understatement, but a clean home is a home that doesn’t aggravate your allergies.  Unfortunately, even the act of cleaning can set you off, unless you use these housecleaning tips that keep your indoor allergies at bay.

Vacuum with the right vacuum cleaner.

If you’re an allergy sufferer, add this criterion to your list next time you buy a vacuum cleaner: an allergy sensitive vacuum. For best results, choose a vacuum with a HEPA filter or double bag to ensure that you can vacuum the allergens away—without having an allergy attack.  Once you have your new vacuum cleaner, vacuum often to rid your home of allergens.

Take precautions when you clean.

As you clean, make sure you use precautions so you don’t have an allergy attack.  Wear a mask and gloves to get your home clean without sneezing and wheezing.  If those precautions don’t help, or cleaning becomes a repeated allergy attack, hire a home cleaner to rid your home of allergens.

Get your ducts cleaned.

It’s bad enough to have common household allergens in your bed or on your floor.  It’s another to have them circulated and re-circulated throughout your home.  Fact is, indoor allergens like dust mites, mold, and pet dander (which can be present in your home even if you don’t have pets!) can circulate throughout your home through air ducts on a daily basis.  To rid your ducts of these allergens, contact a professional to clean your ducts.

Buy a new furnace filter (or a new furnace).

A new furnace filter can be the answer to your allergy issues.  Furnaces catch anything in the air, such as skin cells, pet dander, dust mites, and other small particles.  Filters with a high Minimum Efficiency Reporting Values (MERV) do not allow these finer particles to pass, effectively removing allergens from the air. Be careful about purchasing the right furnace filter though.  Filters with high MERVs (the max is 16) can put excessive pressure on your furnace fan and can damage your furnace. If you are considering a filter with a high MERV, contact your HVAC company so they can make adjustments to your system so it can accommodate a high MERV filter.

Get your carpets professionally cleaned.

A professional carpet cleaning goes above and beyond a regular vacuum or a rental carpet cleaner at your local hardware store.  A professional carpet cleaning not only makes your carpet look new, but also removes allergens.  To make sure you’re regularly removing the allergens, set a regular carpet cleaning schedule—an annual or biannual—that not only removes the allergens but keeps them out all year long.

Keep your home’s humidity low.

Mold is the allergy sufferer’s enemy.  Rooms with humidity above 50 percent can breed mold, mildew, and dust mites, stirring up allergy symptoms and causing respiratory problems.  Monitor your home’s humidity and use a dehumidifier to keep the humidity of your home low.  Avoid drying laundry inside that can add moisture to the air.

Wash your linens in hot water.

Some of the most common indoor allergens can be found in your sheets and towels.  Wash your linens in hot water to get rid of allergens, and change them out frequently.  If just thinking about these cleaning tasks makes your eyes itch, hire a professional to clean your home of dirt and allergens.