How to Clean a Canopy Bed

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How to Clean a Canopy Bed

A canopy bed seems a notch better than a regular bed because of its four posts towering on each corner and its optional curtain. Regal is the word that could come to mind when thinking of a canopy bed, but not everyone knows that this type of bed had a humble origin. A canopy bed came into existence out of necessity. In the past, common people needed a canopy bed to provide additional roofing because the actual roof of their house was less reliable against leaks and bug droppings.

The early canopy beds had simple designs, but today there are canopy beds that have intricate carvings and lavish curtains, and such canopy beds are harder to clean and maintain than regular beds. So how to clean a canopy bed properly? A canopy bed has different parts, and it is crucial to know all the parts and how to clean them to make sure that nothing is overlooked when tidying up.

Canopy Beds in History

As mentioned, canopy beds became common household furniture in the past out of necessity. But as time went by, lords and noblemen used them not as a protection from droppings of any kind but as a way of secluding themselves from servants who slept in their room. Canopy beds of the high and mighty also provided warmth because of the curtains that enclose the bed. Canopy beds in medieval Europe were lavishly designed as opposed to those commoners use. However, today both utilitarian and elegant canopy beds are available on the market; there are even outlandish designs, including a canopy bed that features replica of a branch as a post. Modern designs for canopy beds surely know no boundaries.

Parts of a Canopy Bed

The parts of a canopy bed are bedding and bed frame. A canopy bed net or curtain is an optional feature of a canopy bed. The size of a canopy bed ranges just like regular beds as seen in the chart below.

Canopy Bed Size

Measurements (centimetres)


90 x 190


120 x 190

Standard Double

135 x 190


150 x 200

Super King

180 x 200

Furthermore, Bedding includes a mattress, fitted and flat bed sheets, a duvet, and pillows. The width and length of a mattress vary according to the size of the bed. Metal, such as steel, brass, or wrought-iron, wood, plastic, or aluminium makes a canopy bed frame. The common types of curtain fabrics are polyester, cotton, or silk.

Cleaning a Canopy Bed

While a canopy bed brings sophistication in a bedroom, it requires higher maintenance than a regular bed because a canopy bed has more parts. So instead of washing and ironing only the bed sheets and pillowcases, one needs to add the net, curtain, or tapestry to the work load.

Canopy Bed Nets

Wash canopy bed nets and curtains every six months or when they are noticeably dirty. It is easier to wash a plain canopy bed net compared to a net with beads and added designs. A net with beads and designs need hand washing so the beads and stitching do not come off. To start cleaning decorative bed net, pour hot water and a small amount of mild detergent without bleach in a tub or sink. Stir the soapy water to form suds after filling the tub. Remove the canopy bed rails from the frame with a screwdriver or a hex wrench, and then slide off the canopy bed net from the bed frame. Gently sink the net into the water and let it soak for a few minutes to take away dust and dirt. Swish the net slowly to remove dirt and dust. Hand squeeze the net to remove excess water, but do not wring it as it may ruin the design and beads.

After that, place the net in between two towels to dry. A canopy bed with no beads or design can be machine washed. Load the net in the washing machine and use a mild detergent. Make sure to select the gentle cycle with a warm wash and a cold rinse. When drying a plain canopy bed net, dry it as if it were a decorative net. If using curtains for a canopy bed, make it a habit to vacuum the fabric every two weeks to avoid dust from accumulating.

Washing instructions for canopy bed curtains depend on the type of fabric, and if there is a care label that comes with the curtain it is always best to follow its instructions. Here are some tips for washing curtains: Wash polyester in a permanent press cycle with warm water and add fabric softener; wash cotton in normal cycle with warm water, using regular detergent; and wash silk by hand at all times if possible, but if it must be machine washed, use the delicate cycle and a mild detergent without bleach.

Bed Frame

Cleaning a canopy bed frame means dusting the surface every two weeks. To wipe off dirt, use a damp cloth on a metal frame and lemon oil on a wood frame. Make sure to wipe off dirt even on hard to reach surfaces like the rail of the canopy bed. Aside from that, do a routine check of the bed frame to see if the screws are still in place. An iron bed frame that is starting to rust needs refinishing. To begin, remove the bed sheets and pillows before covering the mattress with a drop cloth. Make a refinishing mixture by combining a quarter of a cup of trisodium phosphate and one gallon of water. Using a scrub brush dipped in the mixture, scrub down the canopy bed frame, making sure to reach every nook and cranny. Dry the metal by wiping it with clean towel.

Remove rust from the metal by scrubbing the frame with a wire brush, and dry the metal by wiping it with a lint-free cloth when finished. To smooth out the metal, run a 100-grit sandpaper, and then repeat the process with a 220-grit sandpaper. Remove the sanding dust with a tack cloth, and apply a thin coat of metal primer on the bed frame. After letting it dry for four hours, paint it with a preferred paint colour.


Wash duvets, comforters, and blankets when they are heavily soiled, and wash bed sheets before they get noticeably soiled. Now and then spray pre-wash products on stains and spots on the bed. To keep blankets and sheets fresh without washing, vacuum them every two weeks and hang them out to air from time to time. Most duvets are washable, but before washing new ones test them for colour fastness by wetting a small part with the detergent solution and blotting the area with a white blotter. Duvets that are in good condition are all right to machine wash, while older duvets are best to wash by hands.

Mattresses, whether it has a synthetic or natural filling, need proper cleaning. Protect a mattress against stains by covering it with a quilted or rubberised cover. If a mattress has stains, remove them quickly by spraying a pre-wash product, but do not allow the mattress to become too wet. After cleaning, allow the mattress to dry fully before covering it with sheets and blankets.

Pillowcases become soiled easily, so replace them every two weeks at least. On the other hand, not all pillows are washable. Pillows with kapok filling need frequent airing, and it is not advisable to wash them. The general guidelines for caring for pillows include airing them once a month, cover them with a polyester cover or zip-on cotton, fluff them daily to remove dust and even out the filling, and make sure to check for holes before washing pillows with down or feather.

Buying Canopy Beds on eBay

For an enjoyable and secure online shopping experience, find an online shop that lists a wide variety of product or products you are looking for and one that allow consumers to see feedback score details of sellers. One such online shop is eBay. eBay is a wonderful place to shop for beds, bedding, and bed frames. The website offers different types of canopy beds, from children’s canopy beds to canopy beds with nets. You can also buy parts of a canopy bed on the website, including bed frames, mattresses, bedding, pillows, nets, and curtains. To find these products, type the keyword in the search bar of the website.

When buying on eBay it is best to deal with a seller who is a long-time member on the site and has high positive feedback score. Also, look for a seller that provides clear product and shipping information. Never buy a canopy bed or its parts without checking if the buyer has a verified payment method and a return policy.


A canopy bed came into existence as a bed of a common man, but it is now a bed associated with classic taste in bedroom furniture. Whether it is utilitarian or lavish in design, a canopy bed adds sophistication to a bedroom, especially if there are curtains or nets around it. The general parts—bedding, bed frame, and netare the focus when planning to clean a canopy bed. Cleaning a canopy bed is easier when familiar with each part of this type of bed.

Although there are many modern canopy beds that have outlandish frames, their care and maintenance are almost the same as traditional ones, which means that when cleaning a canopy bed, consider the fabric and filling to know how to wash them properly, as well as the type of frame and mattress to know how to provide routine maintenance. A canopy bed is an elegant addition to one’s bedroom, and caring for it properly is necessary to maintain its elegance and sophisticated look.

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