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Bed Cleaning Procedure In Hospital

Have you ever thought about how thoroughly hospital beds are cleaned between patients? As a former hospital housekeeper, I know how important these cleaning procedures are. 

Every day, I’d come in ready to tackle the task with care and focus. For you or a loved one checking in, I wanted the space to feel safe and sanitary.

This article will break down the process in an easy to understand way so you get a sense of what goes into prepping that bed for its next patient. 

From start to finish, I’ll explain each step and why following the method is crucial. Are you ready to get a glimpse behind the scenes? Let’s get cleaning!

Cleaning Supplies Needed

Before we get our clean on, let me give you a run-down of the basic tools we’ll be using. Having the proper gear is key if we want to sanitize these beds thoroughly. As any hospital housekeeper knows, it’s all about coming prepared.

So what’s in our cart of disinfecting necessities?

List of Basic Supplies

  • Nitrile gloves to keep our mitts microbe-free
  • Washable cotton rags so we aren’t spreading germs around
  • A bottle of vetted antimicrobial cleaner to disinfect any dirty domains
  • Chlorine bleach wipes for extra antibacterial backup
  • Red biohazard bags for our soiled supplies

Does it sound like we have everything on lock? Then let’s get stocked up and start scrubbing down these beds until they’re sparkling! Our patients are counting on us to keep them healthy.

Pre-Cleaning Checks

It’s so important to do a solid prep before we begin any scrub-a-dub-dubbing. As the old saying goes, “Proper preparation prevents poor performance!” And I’d be lying if I said there wasn’t always a surprise or two lurking around these beds. 

But fear not – your trusty cleaning crew is here to make sure nothing will stand in the way of our sanitation superpowers. 

Checking Bed Area

Have you ever started scrubbing only to find a forgotten lunch tray or stray paperwork underneath? Not on my watch! I do a quick once-over to clear out any clutter so nothing gets in the way of our cleaning charisma. 

Out go abandoned coffee cups, spare bedpans, and even rogue IV poles that have no business being there. We need full access to that real estate if we’re going to sanitize it completely.

Gathering the Right Equipment

With the bedspace officially unobstructed, it’s time for me to collect our gear. You’ll find me rummaging through cupboards, gathering our cart of antimicrobial awesomeness so we have everything we need to get sparkly clean and keep germs on their heels!

Removing Linens

Here are the steps involved in this process:

Stripping bed of old linens

To start, we will strip all soiled sheets and blankets off the hospital bed. Taking care with our gloves on, we gently unwrap the fitted sheet and deposit it in the designated linen bag for disposal.

Bagging used linens

Next, any worn top sheets or hospital blankets are also removed. After extended patient use, these fabrics can become stiff. 

It’s important we properly contain these potentially contaminated textiles.

Exposing mattress

With all former bedding removed, the bare mattress is now exposed. At this stage, a visual inspection allows us to check interior surfaces for stains or particles requiring additional attention during disinfection. A thorough examination also identifies any maintenance needs.

Dirty to Clean Method

Cleaning from dirtiest to cleanest helps complete the process properly. It reduces the risk of contaminating cleaned areas again with germs. Thorough cleaning of all parts keeps the bed hygienic for the next patient.

Cleaning dirtiest areas

The mattress is one of the dirtiest parts after use. It needs to be cleaned thoroughly. First, any visible dirt or stains are removed from the mattress surface. Special attention is given to areas that saw the most contact.

Cleaning higher areas

Once the mattress is clean, the focus shifts to other parts. The rails and buttons are cleaned next as hands often touch these. A disinfecting solution and cloth are used to wipe down all surfaces of the rails and clean each button area.

Disinfecting Hard Surfaces

Hard surfaces need strong disinfectant to kill germs. A suitable disinfectant solution is prepared for this step.

Using disinfecting chemicals

The solution is applied to all surfaces using a clean cloth. This includes the mattress, rails, buttons, safety bars, etc.

Focus on frequently touched areas

Areas like buttons and rails that patients often grip are paid extra attention. These locations are scrubbed thoroughly to remove any lingering microbes.

The head, footboard, and face are disinfected properly as these see frequent contact.

Thorough disinfection of all surfaces using a suitable solution helps make the bed safe for the next patient. No germs are left behind.

Final Inspection

It’s important to check that all cleaning steps were performed correctly.

Checking all areas

Each area of the bed is examined carefully. This ensures all surfaces are disinfected thoroughly and no dirt or stains remain. Special focus is placed on areas that saw the heaviest use.

Removing gloves

Once satisfied with the inspection, used gloves and cleaning materials are removed and bagged properly. This concludes the cleaning process for this bed. It is now safely ready for the next patient.

A final inspection verifies all areas are hygienic before discarding used cleaning items. The bed is now sanitized correctly.

Making the Bed

The final step is to make the bed comfortable for the new patient.

Fresh linen and padding

Newly laundered sheets, blankets, and mattress pads are taken out. The clean and pressed fitted sheet is smoothly placed over the mattress. The top sheet, pillows, and blankets are arranged neatly.

Comfort and safety of the patient

All corners and edges are securely tucked in. This helps prevent the shifting of linens for patient comfort. Extra pillows and rail pads are also placed appropriately. The bed height, position, and brakes are adjusted securely.

Making the bed with fresh linens ensures a hygienic sleeping surface. The correct arrangement also provides support and safety for the effective recovery of the patient. The complete process delivers a sanitized bed ready for its new occupant.


Having carefully followed all the steps concludes the bed cleaning process. The thorough procedure helps deliver a hygienic sleeping surface for patients.

Proper cleaning eliminates germs and prevents the spread of infections. Regular disinfection between patients maintains a sanitary environment for recovery and treatment. Strict adherence to the methods ensures no contaminants are left behind that could impact someone’s health.