How To Clean The Floor Under A Bed

Date Published: June 7, 2021
Author: Kylee Smith

Do you store items under your bed? Items under a bed are often forgotten and collect dirt and dust bunnies. Deciding not to store items under your bed is going to make this cleaning task much easier in the future.

Follow the simple step-by-step instructions on how to clean the floor underneath your bed.

Supplies Needed To Clean Under a Bed

Not only do people have an opportunity to look at the items under their bed when cleaning, but they also find items they had forgotten were stored under their bed.

You will also find that cobwebs dirt and dust have collected. Luckily, you only need a few supplies to clean under a bed.

Cleaning Cloths

If it has been a while since you have cleaned under your bed, dirt, dust, and hair may have accumulated on your baseboards and lower walls. A cleaning cloth will help clean these walls after the areas have been vacuumed.

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Whether the flooring underneath your bed is hardwood, carpeting, or another material, you will need to vacuum under your bed.


If you have hardwood floors or any other surface besides carpeting, you should use a Swiffer after vacuuming. A Swiffer guarantees you pick up the rest of the dust bunnies under your bed.

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Dish Soap

Dish soap is the best cleaning solution for your baseboards. For stained wood or unpainted baseboards, mix a tablespoon of vegetable oil with about a quarter cup of dish soap for an effective cleaning solution.

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Cleaning The Floor Underneath Your Bed

Decluttering underneath a bed, especially a child’s bed, is often the hardest part of the process. Once you do this, the remainder of the project is simple and will take no time to complete. Be thorough with these easy-to-follow steps, and you will sleep soundly knowing the surface under your bed is spic and span.

Step 1: Declutter and Consider Storage Alternatives

Remove the items from underneath your bed and determine if you need to find alternative storage solutions. If you will be putting the items back underneath your bed, place them in containers that fit under the bed. You might even find lost items, such as missing socks or a kid’s toy.

  • Pro Tip: There are containers designed specifically for under the bed storage.

Step 2: Time To Vacuum

Now it is time to vacuum. Some beds are lower to the ground than others, and your vacuum might not be able to reach all the way under the bed. In this case, you would need to move the bed out of the way before vacuuming.

Vacuums also have attachments that can make the job much easier. Additionally, there are robot vacuums that can vacuum under your bed.

  • Pro Tip: Remove and launder your bedding before vacuuming. This will eliminate as much dust as possible while you are deep cleaning.

Step 3: Clean the Baseboards

Create a good soapy water mix of lukewarm water and dish soap. Grab one of the cleaning cloths and submerge it in soapy water. Wring out the cloth and begin cleaning underneath your bed. Wipe along the baseboards and lower walls, making sure to get in the corners and crevices. Use the second cleaning cloth to dry the lower walls and baseboards when you are done.

  • Pro Tip: Rubbing a dryer sheet along your baseboards once they are dry keeps them dirt and dust-free for longer.

Step 4: Swiffer & Tidy Up

The floor underneath your bed has been vacuumed, and the baseboards have been cleaned. Storage concerns have been addressed, and now it is time to Swiffer. The Swiffer will leave the floor underneath your bed spic and span. After Swiffering, put your bed back in place for a job well done.

Final Thoughts

After the initial cleaning, it is easier to keep the area under your bed clean if you complete this chore every 6 months to a year. If you use storage bins that are designed for under the bed storage, you can quickly remove everything under your bed and then be able to quickly clean under the bed.

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