Are you preparing to show your home to potential buyers?
Bedrooms are significant selling points. Like yourself, future homeowners want bedrooms that offer sanctuary, privacy, and optimism.
Of course, you need a clean and tidy bedroom to show buyers; yet, cleaning is more than standard procedure. Fresh scents have a psychological impact on buyers, eliciting positive energy, happiness, and good memories.
Through strategic cleaning, you can inspire buyers to create memories in your home.
Start now with this complete bedroom cleaning checklist!
1. Gather Your Cleaning Supplies
First, get all your bedroom cleaning supplies squared away, right down to the lint rollers. Since you’re cleaning for potential buyers, you have more ground to cover.
Start with these essential items:
- Steam clean vacuum with attachments
- Broom with dustpan
- Swiffer sheets
- Lint brushes and rollers
- Synthetic dusters with long handles
- A quality multipurpose cleaner
- Streak-free glass cleaning solution
- Clean cloths and rags
- Wood furniture polish
- Trash bags
- Disinfectant wipes
- Sponges and toothbrushes
Have plenty of detergent on hand for bedding and linens. If the bedroom has a bathroom, stock up on bathroom supplies too. Plus, fill any noticeable holes with drywall putty.
Optional items include touch-up paint, baking soda, and white vinegar.
2. Bedroom Cleaning Checklist for Decluttering
Start with a thorough declutter.
First, scour the room for garbage and take out the trash. Inspect every dresser drawer, closet shelf, and corner of the bedroom.
Next, gather items you don’t want at the open house.
These items include:
- Picture frames
- Old movie posters
- Random knick-knacks
- Memorabilia (unless it’s decorative)
- Kids art projects
- Shoe boxes
Keep wall and end table decor, like professional paintings, succulents, and paperweights. You can always restyle the bedroom with temporary decor to appeal to more buyers.
Remove everything from your bedroom desk too, or store away the desk altogether.
3. Wash Your Linens and Bedding
Next, tackle your bedding!
Buyers love clean, fresh-smelling bedding. You may want a new comforter or duvet too.
Throw the following items into your laundry basket:
- Bed skirts
- Mattress protector
- Top sheets
- Fitted sheets
- Bed throw
Always keep the buyer in mind. How would they want to feel in a bedroom?
Wash your bedding with relaxing scents like geranium, jasmine, and lavender, inspiring tranquility in buyers.
4. Perform a Deep Dusting
Check your central air conditioner for clogs and replace any dirty AC filters. Clogged filters generate and recirculate dust.
While your bedding is washing, grab your dusting supplies to perform a deep dust removal.
Work from the top down. Start by cleaning the highest areas with a long-handled microfiber duster:
- Top closet shelves
- Ceiling (and ceiling fans)
- High wall shelving
- Tall freestanding wardrobes
- Tall bookcases
- Ductless mini-split AC
Next, dust your dresser, tables, chairs, window ledges, lamps, and decor with a dusting cloth. If you’re keeping the desk, empty it out and dust its surfaces and drawers.
Remember to dust your window blinds too. This part is frequently overlooked.
Sweep the floor with your broom and dustpan, finishing off with the Swiffer.
If you have carpet, use a vacuum cleaner with steam cleaning. Use an attachment along the bottom carpet edge and corners to remove stubborn debris.
5. Make Your Windows Sparkle and Shine
Clean and dust your window ledges once more before cleaning. Remove the blinds or curtains if you haven’t already.
Wipe away stubborn gunk from the glass with soap and hot water. Use a scraper to remove stubborn bits too.
Lastly, clean the windows with a store-bought streak-free glass cleaner. Reattach your blinds and curtains, giving them a final once-over with a clean cloth.
6. Polish Furniture and Floors
Homebuyers love the look and smell of polished wood furniture.
After dusting, follow these steps to remove stubborn furniture marks and scratches:
- Create a thick paste with water and baking soda
- Apply the paste to the mark
- Gently rub with stain with a cloth in a circular motion
You can also combine equal parts olive oil and vinegar to remove coffee ring stains. If you’re still having trouble, try a store-bought furniture stain remover.
Next, clean the following items with a wood furniture spray:
- Bed boards and bedposts
- End tables
- Wood shelving
Once dried, apply beeswax polish for extra shine. Lemon-scented polish reduces the appearance of surface scratches.
Wood polish also decreases floor scuff marks and scratches. If your floor is particularly dirty, clean the surface with a wood oil soap.
7. Purify and Disinfect
Ensure everything is clean before making your bed. Add a few drops of lemon oil to the pillows to freshen the air. Scented candles, plug-ins, and essential oil diffusers also work.
Open the windows to ventilate your bedroom with fresh air. If the weather permits, keep the windows open on viewing day. Fresh air uplifts mood and focus, enhancing the buyer experience.
Next, add a couple of houseplants to purify the air naturally. Indoor plants reduce stress levels. Plus, they complement all bedroom styles.
Purifiers are a nice touch too. Homebuyers with allergies may appreciate the gesture, as well.
Disinfecting is another crucial step, especially for bedrooms with bathrooms.
Most floor, furniture, bathroom, and laundry cleaners are disinfectants. Plus, you can make your own with bleach and water.
After cleaning and reassembling your room, wipe down the following items with disinfectant wipes:
- Doors and frames
- Window frames
- Venetian blinds
- Bed boards
- Tabletop decor
Give your bedding a final once-over with a lint roller and disinfectant spray.
Retrace your checklist steps one last time before your open house. Take this time to replace any light bulbs, air freshener plug-ins, and humidifiers too.
Prepare Your Bedroom for Buyers
Don’t just do a regular bedroom cleaning. Create a positive experience for homebuyers. Follow this bedroom cleaning checklist to help buyers envision themselves in your home.
Do you need help to create the perfect experience?