How To Clean A Bed Frame

Bed frames come in different materials, each of which requires a slightly different frame cleaning technique. From an upholstered headboard to bed frame, mattress and bedding, with so many components making up your entire bed, it can be hard to keep track and know exactly how to clean each element properly. In this guide, we’ll teach you how to clean a bed frame, keep your bed fresh and dust free and why it’s important to regularly clean it.

How to clean a metal bed frame

Despite metal bed frames being very traditional and stylish, they can collect dust and can be affected by spills through regular use. As there are different type of metal’s including stainless steel, chrome, aluminium, copper, brass, iron and more, the cleaning process may differ. It’s important to follow the bed frame maufacturers cleaning instructions, as this won’t damage, or discolour the metal frame.

For Stainless steel, Chrome and Aluminnium, you will need a damp cloth, to wipe down the bed frame surface. Apply a store-bought cleaner meant for that specific metal and follow the label's instructions. Make sure to always go with the grain when working with stainless steel. With another damp cloth, wipe off the excess cleaning product and buff with a new dry cloth.

Check regularly for rust spots. If the manufacturer's instructions allow, these can be removed using a wire brush. Don’t leave your bed frame wet or damp after cleaning as the metal may rust.

How to clean a wooden bed frame


Wooden bed frames are a safe option as they are timeless in design and durable in quality. Wood is absorbent so it’s important to clean a wooden bed frame frequently to avoid a build-up of particles which can then become ingrained in the surface. Simply wipe clean with a damp cloth and then dry with a soft lint-free duster. With wood that has a waxed finish, polishing in the direction of the grain with a good quality beeswax, followed by buffing with a soft duster will keep the woods natural texture.

Remember to read the manufacturer’s care instructions, especially if your wooden bed frame has an oiled finish. As a wood bed frame can change colour over time, keeping a low light level in your room will help keep the bed’s natural rustic tone. Don’t use sprays or silicone wipes and polishes as these can leave a surface residue.

How to clean a leather bed


When cleaning a faux leather bed frame only use damp, rung-out cloths as this will not ruin the leather material. Begin by vacuuming the leather with a soft brush or vacuum nozzle to remove any dust. Once vaccummed, use a slightly damp cloth and a moturising soap to clean and get rid of any dirt or grime on the leather bed frame. Mix a 50/50 solution of white vinegar and distilled water and gently scrub the surface. Finally, buff the leather with a soft dry cloth and finish off with polising the bed frame.

How to clean an upholstered bed frame

What you’ll need

  • Dry cloth
  • A vacuum cleaner
  • Fabric cleaner spray (like Vanish)
  • Scented linen spray
  • Baking soda

When cleaning your upholstered bed frame, small partical dust and dirt can cause the fabric to discolour. Remember to regularly clean with a soft brush or lightly vacuum with a soft bursh attachment. Before applying any harsh product to your upholstered bed frame, test on a similar fabric, as it could stain or ruin the bed frame. For any harsh stains which are difficult to remove, read the manufacturers cleaning instructions for guidance. Don’t use washing up liquid, detergents or bleach to remove stains.


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Why it’s important to clean your bed frame

Maintaining a clean and hygienic environment is important. As well as having a clean bed frame, your mattress is just as important to clean regularly.

If you keep on top of these simple tricks and incorporate them into your routine, you'll notice how easy it is to keep your bed frame as good as new. For more tips on maintaining your bed, read our Mattress Cleaning Guide. A deep clean followed with a deep sleep!

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