How to Keep a Clean Dorm Room

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Moving into a dorm room for the first time is just one of many challenges the first year of college brings. For some, it may be the first time they’ve ever shared a room with someone, and in a lot of cases, that someone may be a stranger. One of the quickest ways to becoming the annoying roommate is to become the messy roommate. And one of the quickest ways to becoming the best roommate is to bring top-notch cleaning supplies with you on move in day. That’s where we come in with this guide on all things dorm cleaning, because as good as it may sound, your college probably doesn’t have a dorm room cleaning service – that is going to be you.

Strength in Numbers

It’s no secret, dorm rooms are small even the ones that are considered big are small, and small spaces mean limited storage. So, you should only take the necessities to school, but what are the necessities to have on hand when it comes to keeping a clean dorm? Luckily, we have plenty of small space cleaning options for you. Anytime we hear someone talk about the best way to clean dorm rooms, our FeatherWeight™ Lightweight Stick Vac is the first thing that comes to mind. It weighs just three pounds, and coincidentally, it’s three machines in one! First, you can use it as an upright stick vacuum on hard floors or area rugs. Second, you can use it as a hand vacuum to pick up messes on upholstery or other spots that are hard to get to around your dorm. And last but not least, you can use it as a stair vacuum by attaching the floor nozzle directly to the hand vacuum.

“I love this vacuum! It is [adorable] and very functional for a college student living in a dorm such as myself. The vacuum is compact, and is easy to store, since I don't have much room. The detachable pieces are wonderful too, it makes it easy to clean counter tops or corners. I love this vacuum and is absolutely a good buy.”*  -Kelseyla, 5-star review

*Reviews from as of 6/24/19. Some reviewers may have received a free product in exchange for an honest review.

Speaking of multiple machines in one, our CrossWave® Cordless Multi-Surface Wet Dry Vac is another great option to have on hand when trying to keep a clean dorm room. CrossWave® Cordless can vacuum and wash hard floors and area rugs at the same time, essentially cutting cleaning time in half! Plus, it’s cordless, so you can quickly clean the floors of your dorm without having to worry about finding an outlet to power your machine.

Be prepared for people to be in and out of your dorm room, invited and sometimes uninvited. With so many people in and out, you’re bound to encounter spills and stains. How cool would it be to have something in your cleaning arsenal that doesn’t just remove stains, but removes them instantly? We’ve got options for products that fit these criteria, too. Our Pet Stain Eraser™ Cordless Portable Carpet Cleaner is the ultimate form of grab-and-go cleaning. When a spill happens, just grab Pet Stain Eraser, spray some of the formula on the stain, scrub it and suction the stain up into the machine. It comes with our Professional Spot & Stain + Oxy Formula which removes grape juice, pop, dirt, urine, coffee, and more, so chances are it will remove whatever stain your visitors bring about.

BISSELL® Oxy Stain Destroyer Pet for Carpet and Upholstery is another good thing to have in your dorm when inevitable stains strike. This formula sprays directly on stains and works on contact to remove tough stains in 30 seconds. Plus, when it’s done working, it leaves a fresh scent behind, and who doesn’t love a fresh scent in a clean dorm room? The Sturdy Sweep™ Manual Floor & Carpet Sweeper is another product we love sending people off to college with. This cost-effective machine is lightweight, easy to store and perfect for quick pickups. It also works on hard floors and area rugs, so you don’t have to worry about switching machines when trying to tidy up your dorm.

College is hard enough, and a messy dorm room should be one of the last things on your list to stress about. That’s why we’ve engineered products like the ones mentioned in this post, products that make cleaning up messes quick and easy, so you can get back to enjoying friends and studying. And it doesn’t just benefit you, it benefits your roommate as well. So, you can thank your parents and tell them next time you’re home for break “my college roommate is more than happy to keep our room clean with these innovative products!” It’s sure to put a smile on their faces.