Out of sight and out of mind is a walk in the park when it comes to cleaning under furniture. However, while the rest of the room might be spick and span, have you thought about what lurks under your bed? Although it might not be the Boogieman, failure to clean underneath your bed is not only unsanitary but also gross.
The next time you push your vacuum cleaner past your bed, take a moment to consider what you’re leaving behind. If you’re looking to elevate the freshness of the air in your room, but you’re not sure where or how to get the ball rolling, then this guide is perfect for you.
Read on as we delve into the ins and outs of how to vacuum under bed and get every area of your room spotless.
Preparing to Vacuum Under Your Bed
Before you kick off the vacuuming process, let’s discuss the measures you should take to make it easier.
1. Create an Open Space
That entails getting rid of all the items peppered under and around your bed, such as faded sweaters, old boxes, clothes, shoes and everything in between. By clearing these items, you’ll have a seamless cleaning session.
Upon removing items under your bed, make sure you have a waste bin within arm’s reach to dispose of those you’ll never use again and a storage box to store those that you’ll use in the future.
2. Use the Right Machine
If you gravitate more towards the vacuum cleaners from the 90s because of their classic aesthetic, then you might as well grab a dustpan and broom. To get the area under your bed spick and span, a modern machine comes into play.
A canister vacuum cleaner, particularly one with a detachable hose, is your best bet. Its flexibility lets you effortlessly get the area underneath your bed spick and span. You won’t even break into a sweat.
3. Prepare the Brushes
With an uncluttered space and the perfect vacuum cleaner in hand, it’s time to prepare the brushes you’ll use. That involves setting the brush on the end of the wand, which is attached to the hose. This allows you to effortlessly collect any hair and avoid transferring it to another surface as you vacuum.
How to Vacuum Under the Bed
Once you’ve followed through with the preparation process, it’s time to get to work.
1. Final Preparation
Besides selecting the ideal vacuum cleaner, you need to choose a machine with easily switchable tools. It should have a suitable switch for your floor, carpet or speed level. Before you get the ball rolling, if one side of your bed is against a wall, it’s advisable to pull it towards the center of your room, if possible.
Remember to tuck the bedspread up and out of the way and dust off any particles before you pull the bed away from the wall.
When you begin vacuuming, use the crevice tool or a small brush to vacuum the baseboards and the side of your bed. The same tool will also come in handy for the nooks and crannies under your bed.
We recommend using overlapping, long and straight strokes that have a path from one end of your bed to another across the same width. Once you’re done vacuuming underneath your bed from one width to another, vacuum across the same length and the corners of the bed that would be otherwise hard to reach.
Lastly, remember to vacuum around the bed, at least a few inches around the perimeter.
3. Use an Air-Freshener
To prevent unsanitary air littered with allergens, we recommend spraying an air freshener immediately after you’re done vacuuming. If possible, spray the corners of your bed frames.
4. Last Inspection
Once you complete the process, inspect the surface underneath and around your bed to ensure you didn’t miss a spot. Once you can pat yourself on the back for a job well done, you can return each item in your room back to its rightful location.
Next, wrap your hose back into your machine and tuck it away until you need it again.
How Often Should You Vacuum Under Your Bed?
Now that you know how to vacuum under the bed and the preparation that goes into it, you might be a tad curious about how often you should conduct the cleaning process.
Twice a month (every two weeks) is advisable. At the most, a month shouldn’t pass by before you’ve vacuumed the space under your bed.
If you are susceptible to allergies or have an underlying respiratory condition such as asthma, pulmonary hypertension or lung disease, you’ll need to clean your room and under your bed every week, preferably every two to three days. However, if you’re in tiptop health, once or twice a month is the general rule of thumb.
If you use the space underneath your bed for additional storage, you might need to vacuum it more often. Having boxes and other items under your bed lures in dust bunnies and increases the stuffiness of your room.
How Can You Vacuum Under Your Bed Faster?
While it’s a no-brainer that the quickest way to get the space under your bed clean is by using a vacuum cleaner, you need a machine with powerful suction strength to suck in the excess dust and dirt in an instant.
When choosing the best vacuum cleaner, suction strength should be the main factor to consider. Various vacuum cleaners are geared towards different services and tasks.
After all, the last thing you need is a handheld device that makes it an uphill battle to collect dust particles and dirt under your bed, including the nooks and crannies and tight spaces. Instead, you want a machine that comes with a hose and allows you to clean all areas underneath and around your bed.
Although you might think of a commercial vacuum cleaner to get the job done, that’s unnecessary. There’s a wealth of lightweight and compact vacuum cleaners that feature top-notch cyclonic cleaning technology.
As they say, knowledge is power! Armed with insight into how to vacuum under your bed, you can now rid the area of allergens and get it spick and span.