How To Clean Under An Ottoman Bed?

Key Takeaways

SectionKey Points
Essential Tools and FrequencyIdentify necessary cleaning tools; Establish cleaning frequency
Special Cases: Pets and AllergiesTips for pet owners; Allergy prevention methods
Beyond the Basics: Frame and MaterialFrame cleaning techniques; Material-specific cleaning tips
Advanced TechniquesLow clearance solutions; High-traffic area cleaning; Storage bed considerations
Quick Fixes and MaintenanceSustaining cleanliness; Quick cleaning hacks

Hey, Sleep Savants! Lewis here, and today, we’re diving under—under the ottoman bed, that is. Now, you might be wondering, what is an ottoman bed anyway? It’s a hybrid of comfort and utility, my friends. But, let’s get down to the nitty-gritty—cleaning that elusive space under the bed.

Declutter: The Prelude to Purity

First thing’s first. Declutter! Yes, even under your bed is not a black hole where you can throw in anything from shoes to last year’s Christmas gifts. So, pull out those boxes, shoes, and whatever else you’ve got hiding down there. It’s like a treasure hunt, but the treasure is a cleaner room.

Pro Tip: What to store in your ottoman bed can be a life-saver when you’re looking to declutter effectively.

Did you know? Ottoman beds were introduced to Europe from Turkey during the rule of the Ottoman Empire in the late 18th century.

The Cleaning Arsenal

Once you’ve cleared the stage, it’s time for the main event. You’ll need:

  • A small robot vacuum cleaner or an electrostatic mop
  • An extendable stick
  • A hair dryer (yes, you read that right)

Remember, it’s not just about what you use but how you use it. 

The Robot Helper

If the space under your bed is a sprawling savannah, unleash a small robot hoover. It’ll do the dirty work while you sip your tea.

The Static Magic

Using an electrostatic cloth? Well, roll that bad boy onto an extendable stick. Trust me; it’s like a Swiffer on steroids. Glide it slowly across the floor and watch as it acts like a magnet for dust.

The Hair Dryer Hack

Now, if you’re feeling particularly adventurous, grab your hair dryer. Point it under the bed to push out the rebel dust. It’s unconventional but effective.

The Upholstery Attachment: Not Just for Sofas

Vacuum the floor using the upholstery attachment. It’s like having a mini-hoover designed for all those awkward spaces. And speaking of upholstery, if your ottoman bed has an upholstered headboard, start by vacuuming that too. A mild detergent should remove any stubborn stains.

Hot Tip: Check out how to fix your ottoman bed for any minor repairs that could be affecting the cleaning process.

Maintain the Dream Clean

Finally, the upkeep. To avoid turning this into a Herculean effort every time, maintain it. Vacuum weekly. Every so often, play musical chairs with your bed—move it around to clean every nook and cranny.

Did You Know?: Ottoman beds are totally worth it not just for their space but also their longevity, which means your cleaning efforts will stand the test of time.

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The Essentials: Tools and Frequency

Necessary Tools

Cleaning under an ottoman bed requires a specific set of tools designed to tackle every nook and cranny. Here are the essentials:

  • Vacuum Cleaner with Crevice Tool Attachment: For deep cleaning, especially tight spaces.
  • Broom or Dustpan: Great for a quick sweep.
  • Microfiber Cloth or Duster: Perfect for dusting off the base and underside of the bed.
  • Hair Dryer: A unique but effective way to push out dust.
  • Electrostatic Mop Attached to a Stick: For those hard-to-reach corners.
  • Thin Extendable Stick: To roll the electrostatic cloth efficiently.
  • Small Robot Vacuum Cleaner: If the space allows, let the bot do the work.
  • Lint Roller: A must-have for pet owners.
Ottoman bed in a stylish white room

Cleaning Frequency

  • Monthly Deep Clean: Aim to give the area a thorough clean at least once a month.
  • Bi-Weekly Vacuuming: Vacuuming under the bed twice a month can prevent dust buildup.
  • Weekly Upkeep: If possible, a quick vacuum weekly and occasional bed moving can make the monthly clean easier.
Cleaning TaskRecommended Frequency
Deep CleanOnce a Month
VacuumingTwice a Month
Weekly UpkeepWeekly

Special Cases: Pets and Allergies

Pet Owners

Living with furry companions? Here are some tips:

  • Routine Brushing and Bathing: Nip the dander problem in the bud.
  • Launder Pet Bed Covers: Regularly wash in hot water.
  • Pet Training: Train your pet to sleep in its own bed.
  • Towel Covering: Cover your pet’s favourite spots with a towel.
  • Lint Roller: Quickly pick up dander.
  • HVAC Cleaning: Don’t let the air ducts circulate the dander.

Note: Always store cleaning agents safely and keep pets out of the room while cleaning.

Allergy Prevention

For those with allergies, here are your best practices:

  • Frequent Linen Washing: Hot water is your friend.
  • Top-Down Cleaning: Start from ceiling fans and light fixtures.
  • Furniture Vacuuming: Don’t forget under the furniture.
  • Allergy-Proof Bedding: Encase mattresses and pillows.
  • Material Consideration: Opt for non-allergenic pillows and 100% cotton linens.

Pro Tip: If you’re the allergy sufferer, either get someone else to do the dusting or wear a protective mask.

Beyond the Basics: The Bed Frame and Material

Frame Cleaning

Taking care of the bed frame is equally crucial for a clean sleep environment. Here’s how to tackle different parts of it:

  • Wipe with Damp Cloth: Use a cloth dampened with an all-purpose cleaner for the initial wipe.
  • Bristle Brush and Dust Cloth: Ideal for wooden frames to remove loose dirt.
  • Vacuum the Headboard: Use a hose attachment to get rid of dust.
  • Microfiber Cleanse: Wipe down the base and underside with a microfiber cloth.
  • Metal Frame Care: A dry cloth will bring the shimmer back.

Material-Specific Tips

Different materials require unique care:

Wooden Frame

  • Use a mild wood cleaner or a mix of dish soap and warm water.
  • Optionally, furniture wax can renew the appearance.

Metal Frame

  • Wipe with a dry cloth and use a mild detergent for stubborn stains.

Upholstered Frame

  • Vacuum first, then spot-treat stains with lukewarm water and dish soap.
  • Monthly cleaning with baking soda is advisable.

Leather Frame

  • A soft-bristle brush will take care of loose dirt.
  • Wipe with a damp cloth and mild soap, then apply leather conditioner.
Frame MaterialCleaning Method
WoodenMild wood cleaner or soap water, Optional furniture wax
MetalDry cloth, Mild detergent for stains
UpholsteredVacuum, Spot-treat stains, Monthly baking soda clean
LeatherSoft-bristle brush, Damp cloth and mild soap, Leather conditioner

Advanced Techniques: Difficult Scenarios

Low Clearance

  • Move the Bed: If it’s too low, you’ll need to slide it over for proper cleaning.
  • Hair Dryer or Robot Vacuum: These tools can be your best pals in tight spaces.

High-Traffic Areas

  • Frequent Vacuuming: More footfall means more cleaning.
  • Lint Roller: Essential if pets are contributing to the ‘traffic’.

Storage Concerns

  • Empty and Lift: The storage box should be emptied for a thorough clean.
  • Pet Training: If your ottoman bed is also Fido’s favourite spot, train him to use his own washable bed.

Quick Fixes and Maintenance Tips

Sustaining Cleanliness

Maintaining a pristine under-bed area isn’t just a one-off affair; it’s a lifestyle. Here are some pro tips:

  • Bed Skirt: Use one to act as a dust barrier.
  • Keep it Empty: Less clutter means less dust.
  • Pet Management: Train your pets to stay off the bed or sleep in their own clean spots.
  • Regular Cleaning: Vacuum at least twice a month for best results.

Quick Fixes

Alright, snoozers, life happens, and sometimes you need a quick fix. Here’s how to fake it ’til you make it:

  • Long-Handle Duster or Microfiber Cloth: Great for a quick swipe.
  • Vacuum with Crevice Tool: Gets into all those tight nooks and crannies.
  • Hair Dryer Method: Blow that dust away, literally.
  • Robot Vacuum: For when you’d rather put your feet up.
Maintenance MethodQuick Fix or Sustained Cleanliness
Bed SkirtSustained Cleanliness
Regular VacuumingSustained Cleanliness
Long-Handle DusterQuick Fix
Hair DryerQuick Fix


How do you clean dust under a low bed?

You have several options for this tricky area. Use a duster with a long handle or a microfiber cloth. If the bed isn’t too low, a vacuum cleaner with a crevice tool is excellent. A hair dryer can blow the dust out, and for tech-savvy solutions, a small robot vacuum works wonders. For a DIY approach, attach a sock to a yardstick and go dust-busting.

How do you clean under storage beds?

Begin by emptying the storage compartments and lifting any panels. Use a hair dryer or a small robot vacuum for hard-to-reach areas. A bristle brush and dust cloth work well for wooden frames. Lastly, use a microfiber cloth or duster for the bed base and underside.

Why is my ottoman bed moldy?

Mold thrives in damp and poorly ventilated spaces. If your room has moisture issues or your bed isn’t adequately ventilated, mold can grow. Dust and dirt accumulation can also contribute to mold growth if not cleaned regularly.

How do I keep dust bunnies from getting under my bed?

Prevent dust bunnies by using a bed skirt and keeping the under-bed area empty. If you have pets, train them to sleep in their own beds. The key is regular vacuuming—aim for at least twice a month to keep those pesky dust bunnies at bay.

How often should you dust under the bed?

A general rule is to clean under the bed at least once a month. For vacuuming, aim for twice a month to prevent dust buildup. If you’re especially keen on cleanliness, a weekly vacuum and occasional bed moving will ensure a dust-free zone.

In Summary: Mastering the Art of Under-Bed Cleaning

Well, snoozers, we’ve journeyed through the mysterious realm beneath your ottoman bed, and let’s just say it’s not a place where only monsters dwell. From the essential cleaning tools you should have at hand to setting up a cleaning schedule that even the busiest daydreamer can stick to, we’ve got you covered. We also delved into special scenarios for pet owners and those with allergies, offering actionable tips to maintain a clean and healthy sleep sanctuary.

But the fun didn’t stop there! We explored advanced techniques for tackling difficult scenarios, like low bed clearance and high-traffic areas. Material-specific tips for frames of all kinds were also on the menu, followed by quick fixes for when you just can’t move that bed.

So, next time you peek under your bed and wonder what’s lurking in the shadows, you’ll be armed with the know-how to tackle it. Sweet dreams and even sweeter cleaning, dreamers!

– Article by Lewis Hugh

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