The start of a new school year is an exciting time for all college students, especially freshman. There are so many things to think about as you pack up your life and start a new, big journey. We know one of the last things on college students’ minds are their apartment or dorm room cleaning supplies, you’re more worried about which futon cover to buy. Unfortunately, it’s highly unlikely that there are very many magic dorm room cleaning services that will stop by every other week to tidy things up, that’s your job. Fortunately, we know the cleaning supplies you can keep on hand to ensure a clean dorm.
It’s no secret dorm rooms are small. The good thing is a small room or smaller apartment doesn’t take as long to clean! Plus, the smaller the room, the less dorm cleaning supplies you’ll need to store. Being experts in all things clean, we’ve complied a list of three things we believe are must-haves for students aiming to keep a clean dorm room during the school year.
1. Carpet Cleaner
If you think having a carpet cleaner in your dorm room is excessive, think again. You’ll be surprised with some of the messes you, your roommates and all your visitors will make throughout the year. With that risk, having a machine that gets tough stains out of carpet and upholstery is important. Plus, keeping up with these stains improves your odds of getting that security deposit back. Portable carpet cleaners are a great option when you’re limited on storage space. But don’t rule out packing an upright carpet cleaner with your back to school supplies either. While a lot of these are meant to clean larger carpeted areas, some of our newer machines like JetScrub™ Pet Carpet Cleaner are actually engineered to deep clean smaller spots and stains on the go, just like the ones you will encounter in a dirty dorm room.
JetScrub™ Pet has so many features that make it perfect for small space living and cleaning. It weighs less than 14 pounds and has a collapsible handle, so you can store it in a closet below hanging items.
“It is on the smaller side, but that is perfect for my little apartment. I had a bigger one before, and I could never find anywhere to store it. This one comes with a base to store it on, and the handle is retractable making it even easier to find a place to store when not in use.”* - TeeKay, 5-star review
*Reviews from BISSELL.com as of 8/5/19. This reviewer received a free product in exchange for an honest review.
JetScrub™ Pet also has an Express Clean Mode which dries your carpet in about 30 minutes, so you don’t have to wait all day for your carpet to dry. Then when you’re done cleaning, this machine is easy to clean with a removable brush roll, nozzle and dirty water tank, so you can get back to studying!
While having a carpet cleaner in our list of dorm must-haves may surprise you, having a vacuum on our list of cleaning supplies for college should not. A vacuum is a cleaning staple! And at BISSELL, we have so many to choose from. Finding the right one just depends on what you’re looking for. Check out our product selector to help figure out the perfect vacuum for your dorm room cleaning needs.
You also can’t go wrong if you bring our Adapt™ Ion Pet 2-in-1 Cordless Vacuum with you to school. If storage is an issue in your small space, this vacuum is exactly what you need. It’s cordless and works as an upright stick vacuum or a hand vacuum, giving you two cleaning machines in one! Plus, it has a brush roll on/off switch, so you can use it to clean hard floors and area rugs.
3. Emergency Solutions
As a busy college student, we know you don’t always have time to break out the cleaning machines each time you clean, especially if it’s just for a small stain. That’s why we recommend having our Stomp ‘n Go® Stain Lifting Pads in your cleaning supply closet. They come in packs of 20, so you can keep them all for yourself or share the stain lifting power with your floormates and neighbors. And using them could not be easier; just set the pad on the stain, stomp, let it sit for as little as 30 minutes or as long as 24 hours, and lift the pad to remove the stain. Stomp ‘n Go pads work great on wine, mud, cola, coffee, blood, juice, and pet messes.
As you head back for a new school year, keep in mind that apartment and dorm rooms will see a lot in the 10 or so months you live in them, so once the college dorm cleaning services have come and gone, it’s a fresh start each fall. That means getting into a good cleaning routine early really pays off in keeping your apartment or dorm room clean throughout the school year. And keeping the three types of products mentioned in this post will make dorm cleaning easier. For all you overachievers, try putting together a dorm room cleaning checklist for you and your roommates. After all, it is a team effort, right?