Having to deal with built-up dust and dirt under the bed is on nobody’s wishlist, but it’s something which we all need to attend to at some point or another. Surprisingly, there are a good amount of ways you can do this without ever having to move the bed. Keep on reading to find out more…

What's the best way of getting dust out from underneath the bed?

By far the best and easiest way to remove dust under the bed is to use your vacuum’s extension wand. Most canister vacuums come with one out of the box, but in case yours doesn’t, we have a couple of solutions.

Hoovering under the bed

The first, although quite obvious, is to purchase a long enough wand. You can order one online or go to your local store. In all cases, it shouldn’t cost you much more than £15.

The other way to go about it is to use the cardboard tube of a roll of wrapping paper. This should extend your reach by 50 to 70 cm, depending on the length of the tube. Use tape if necessary to ensure it’s sealed. But what about other vacuum types?

Do robot vacuums work on carpet?

To put it simply, some do a very decent job on carpets – others struggle way too much. It’s usually the budget options, which are ineffective in cleaning both high and low pile carpets. But what about the higher end models?

How well do iRobot Roombas clean carpet?

Robot vacuum cleaner

In truth, they’re quite decent! Why? There are a few specific reasons:

  • The iRobot Roombas have an automatic surface detection system, which enables it to adjust its brushroll height. What this essentially means is that the entanglement of hairs will be much more difficult, allowing the robot to continue doing its magic for longer.
  • Their HEPA filters trap allergens and fine specs of dust very well, minimizing the risk of allergic reactions.
  • For faster and easier cleans, they rely on their vSLAM navigation system. What does that mean exactly? Well, it means you can basically tell your Roomba to clean specific parts of a room or to avoid certain ones.
  • Last but not least, Roombas do an excellent job at avoid obstacles and can easily climb over electrical cords, such as chargers which are typically never unplugged from bedside sockets.

How to do carpet cleaning under beds without a vacuum?

Surprisingly, there are a good number of effective cleaning hacks to deal with dust bunnies underneath beds. None are as effective as a powerful hoover, but doing something is still better than doing nothing, so let’s jump right in!

Long lint roller

Use a floor lint roller

Typically, a lint roller is meant to be used on clothes to pick up pet hairs and lint. What you may not know, however, is that they are also used on other fabrics, such as bedding, sofas, bags, lamp shades and even carpets.

Some lint roller manufacturers are starting to pick up on this, and are now making models with long handles. Regardless if it’s reusable (with washable gel) or a classic sticky paper one, it will do a very decent job in picking up dust, dirt and other debris particles.

Use a dry microfibre mop

While not the most ideal solution, using a dry mop with a microfibre attachment can easily pick up most of the dirt hiding underneath your bed. But why microfibre exactly? Compared to cotton, microfibre does a better job in penetrating cracks and crevasses; it picks up germs and bacteria without the need of chemicals or large amounts of water. Plus, they can easily be washed and at a later point replaced.

Use a wet vac or a blow dryer

If you’re unable to reach the dirt underneath your bed in any way, your best shot at dealing with it is to relocate it. You can do that with a standard blow dryer or by using the blow feature of a wet and dry vacuum. Of course, once that’s done, you’ll have to clean the rest of the room as well, but at least you’ll have the peace of mind that you’re no longer sleeping above dust bunnies.

Now that we’ve pretty much covered all decent options on how to clean carpet under beds, let’s have a look at what can we do to prevent (or at least minimize) dust from ever collecting into our rooms.

How to prevent dust from collecting under your bed?

  • Dust all surfaces, preferably with a microfibre cloth, once a week
  • Wash your bedding once a week
  • Groom your pet, you guessed it – once a week
  • Hoover once every 3 to 4 days
  • Use steam cleaning services* once every 6 months

*Steam cleaning is a method of carpet cleaning, which completely cleanses your flooring of all harmful allergens and unpleasant stains and smells. The method is also suitable for other types of fabric cleaning, such as mattresses, curtains, sofas, upholstered beds, etc.

We recommend having your whole room steamed, as it will greatly increase air quality, and will provide with a more complete feel of freshness and cleanliness. Plus, cleaning companies are much more likely to offer you a discount for multiple service bookings!

Bonus tips

You don’t always need big muscles in order to move a heavy bed. Sometimes all you need is some friendly advice. By picking up furniture sliders and placing them underneath your bed’s legs, your bed will become so easy to move, you’ll be able to slide it from one part of the room to the other with little to no effort.

One more way in which you can deal with dirt underneath your bed is by placing a rug under it. The idea is to be able to easily hoover the rug whenever you do a general clean of the room.

Frequently Asked Questions

When we clean our rooms, we typically start dusting the top of wardrobes, working our way down to the desk and night stand. Any debris, which doesn’t get picked up by the cloth will naturally end up on the floor. And due to how rarely we clean the floor under our bed, the build-up of dust and other particles there is bound to happen.

Sleeping in a dusty room is a health hazard, which no one should impose themselves to. If you did, you would start coughing and sneezing much more frequently, which isn’t ideal for your lungs. The chances of developing a dust allergy will also arise. In essence, for your own personal health, make sure to properly clean your room at least once a week.

Depending on where you live, it typically takes between 24-48 hours for a sheen of dust to appear. In terms of why it matters where you live, it’s of course due to the much higher level of air pollution within cities (home dust is composed of no more than 50% dead skin cells, the rest comes from outside).

Apart from your carpet losing its appeal and beauty, a great number of health hazards will occur if you neglect caring for your carpet. Germs and bacteria would thrive, and so would dust mites. An infestation is extremely likely to happen, which in turn can lead to rashes and other allergic reactions.