Brighter mornings, lighter evenings and the daffodils beginning to bloom, are all signs that the long, dark winter is behind us and spring is finally on the horizon, making it the best time of year to refresh your home ready for those warm, sunny days.
Spring cleaning is a great way to not only freshen up your home, it refreshes your mind too and gives your mood a feel good boost. Your bedroom is a good place to start when it comes to spring cleaning and is not a room that should be neglected, after all it needs to be a space that’s calm, ordered and clutter-free for a sense of rest and relaxation. So throw open the windows, let in some fresh air and give your bedroom a spring refresh - here’s some of our top tips for a fresh bedroom feel.
Have a good declutter
The first step in your spring bedroom refresh is to remove any rubbish from the room and to have a good declutter, just doing this alone can give the space a lighter and brighter feel. Spring is also a good time of the year to reassess your wardrobe by going through clothes that you no longer wear, which you could sell or take to your local charity shop if in good condition. Winter clothes can also be packed up and carefully stored away to make more room in your wardrobe for spring and summer clothes. Don’t forget to check any storage underneath your bed and have a good sort through this too.
Dust down all surfaces
When you’ve finished decluttering your bedroom, you can dust down and clean all surfaces. It’s a good idea to start high up and work your way down around the room. Begin cleaning the ceiling by using a duster on a long handle, making sure to get right in the corners to remove dust and cobwebs. Clean the top of the door frame too and the ceiling light, including the light bulbs. Once done, move on to cleaning any mirrors and the inside of the window, and if you have a blind, give this a wipe over too. Don’t forget about the skirting boards, especially behind the bed and furniture, it’s surprising just how dusty these areas can get, worsening any dust allergies you may have.
Next, take down pictures from the walls and give them a wipe over, along with the wall and if needed, touch up any paintwork. In fact a fresh coat of paint is a simple yet effective way to refresh your bedroom for spring, especially if the room is looking a bit drab and tired. Paint is also a great way to introduce colour for a completely new look and feel - you could paint the whole room or choose a bold colour to create a feature wall behind the bed for a stand-out look.
Clean the floors
Now all the surfaces are sparkling clean, you’re now ready to give the bedroom floor a good vacuum, making sure to remove any furniture out of the way if possible. If there’s carpet in your bedroom, now is the best time to use a carpet cleaner to give it a thorough deep-down clean, removing hidden dirt and bacteria. For wooden floors, simply mop around the room after you’ve been round with the vacuum cleaner.
Freshen up the bed
Nothing feels better than snuggling down into a bed that’s fresh and clean, and spring is the best time of year to give it a really good deep clean. So, strip down the bed and also get rid of any old bedding that’s way past its best, including sheets, pillows, duvet and mattress protector. Give your bedding a wash and if the weather is nice, line dry outside, it truly does give a fresher feel.
You may be wondering if you can put your duvet in the washing machine and the answer comes down to the type of duvet you have. For duvets with synthetic fillings, you can wash on a gentle cycle if your washing machine has a large enough capacity. Make sure the duvet is completely dry and aired out before making your bed up. For feather and down duvets, always check the care label as it may be dry clean only. If it is suitable for the washing machine, again, use a gentle cycle and a non-bio detergent.
When it comes to your pillows, washing them every six months is ideal to help prevent the build-up of smells, mould and bacteria. Always check the care label on your pillows to make sure they are suitable for washing machine use. Most down and synthetic pillows can be put in the washing machine on a gentle cycle with mild detergent. And again, they will need to be fully dried before putting back on your bed.
With your bed completely stripped down and the bedding in the wash, you can now vacuum the mattress using the upholstery attachment, making sure to clean all sides and flip it over to do underneath. If your mattress is more than seven years old and looking worse for wear, then you probably aren’t getting the most comfortable night’s sleep, so now is the time to replace it so you can sleep in total comfort once again. Check out the Silentnight bed and mattress buying guide to help you discover your perfect bed.