How to Clean Under Your Furniture

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When you have to clean under your furniture, it is one of those jobs that is not pleasurable but just has to be done! If there are just a couple of you in your home, every 2- 3 weeks should be adequate, but if there are more of you, or if you have a dog or your floors are hardwood ones, you can reduce this to every 1- 2 weeks. If this does sound rather frequent, take a peep under your furniture and shock yourself with how much dirt and other debris have gathered there!

Dust can contain mold, fibers, stale food particles, and tiny mites. 

The biggest challenge—moving the furniture

Ideally, all furniture needs to be moved. If you have hardwood floors, don’t drag the furniture as this will mark the floor. Buy some felt pads for furniture feet.

There are some really good extendable and bendable dusters on the market. These have thousands of cleaning fibers that are statically charged so they swiftly pick up all the dust, hair, and pet fur. Traditional feather dusters also work well but must be cleaned regularly. A vacuum cleaner with a long and effective nozzle will also save you an aching back.

Clean one corner at a time. In each room, move all the pieces of furniture that you can, clean effectively where they were standing, and then replace them. Clean the back of the furniture for dust and cobwebs. Once the furniture is back in its place, give the room a final sweep or vacuum to ensure that it is dust-free.

An overhead view of a coffee table in the living room


Start in the living room

Move the sofa away from the wall and vacuum or sweep the space. Move the sofa back into its original position. Deal with tables and chairs in the same way and remove all the dirt that accumulates on the feet of the furniture. The trickiest part to clean is under and behind the TV/ game console. This is where risers are useful as they will lift the furniture so you can clear the dust underneath. All the cables behind the unit need to be thoroughly dusted as well as the floor underneath.

The dining room & office

If you have any chests or filing cabinets that cannot be fully moved—try and move them far enough away from the wall to remove all the dust. You can try your hand at ‘leverage’ which is when you tilt a piece of furniture forwards so that you can clear the floor underneath it. Be careful, because it is easy to hurt yourself or damage the furniture. 

 The bedroom

A clean bedroom with blue pillows and a plenty of sunlight


If your bed is high enough for you to reach easily underneath it—cleaning under your bed should be easy. Pull the bed out a little from the wall so that you can dust the back of the headboard and all the electric cables for lamps etc. If a chest is too heavy to move to clean under it, just move it slightly away from the wall and give it a good clean with a long-handled feather duster.

Dry or damp dusters 

Whether you should use a dry duster or a damp one is always a matter for a lively debate . The trouble with using a dry duster is that it leaves much of the dust behind. On the other hand a damp duster collects much more dust but it still leaves traces of dust behind. The ideal solution is to use a damp duster followed by a dry duster and to wash both dusters well every time to ensure success. 

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