We spend about a third of our life on a mattress. When was the last time you gave it a real good and deep cleaning? The occasionally used sofa in your living room probably feels the bristle of a vacuum cleaner more often than your trusty sleep mattress. Well, It’s time to change that. Besides promoting a more productive and pleasant night’s sleep, a clean and cared for the mattress can last longer and keep you away from allergies.
Mattresses are on the receiving end of sweat, dead skin cells, dust mites, and other allergens. Despite good linens and mattress protectors, you still need to clean the thing you sleep on every night.
Earlier, when most mattresses could be flipped over to other side, the conventional belief was that you should turn is twice in a year, and take that opportunity to clean it as well. These days, a lot of mattress companies offer pillow-top variety, can’t be turned because they have proper bottom and top. However, cleaning your mattress two times a year will keep you healthy and your mattress free from bad allergens.
Doing this five-step process a couple times a year can help keep things refreshed in the bedroom.
After removing your mattress protector or cover, Vacuum the entire mattress surface with upholstery attachment on your vacuum cleaner. Pay good attention to crevices and seams, where dust, dirt, dead skin, and other allergic stuff collect. With the help of a vacuum cleaner, You’ll be able to get rid of those tiny bits from late night munching sessions due to netflix. You’ll be also getting rid of pet dirt and hair that’s accumulated over a period of time.
How you clean your mattress and what you see will depend on the type of stubborn stain you’re dealing with. Unless you spilled some coffee or red wine in bed, chances are good that they are mostly protein based stains of body( Sweat, urine, blood).
There can be some tough stains which are tougher to remove after having chemically bonded with the fabric. Here are a couple of useful options:
Treat the stains with a combination of liquid dish soap, baking soda and hydrogen peroxide. Mix them all into a spray bottle and treat the stained area properly.
Rub and wipe with a clean rag.
Use non-toxic, natural enzyme cleaners, that helps chemically break down odors and stains.
Make a paste of salt and lemon juice. Apply the mixture to the stain spot, and let it stand for 20–50 minutes. Wipe off the paste with a clean towel.
Sprinkle a small layer of baking soda over the entire surface of the mattress and let it sit for at least a couple of hours. It will absorb any excess liquid agents from the stain removal process, and leave your mattress smelling clean and fresh. Vacuum off the remaining baking soda from the surface, making sure to get into the crevices and gaps to remove the powder from the mattress surface.
Air it Out:
One of the best things for your mattress is lots of fresh air and UV sunlight exposure. Well, not everyone would be able to haul out their mattress up or down the stairs, But if you really can, it’s a great way to naturally eliminate bacteria and germs. Plus you’ll get extra brownie points for household cleanliness.
Cover & Protect:
Stains and spills are fact of life, but they don’t have to create a hole in your wallet. Covering your mattress with a protector will shield the mattress materials from the inside. Exposure to moisture also accelerates mattress breakdown.
If you don’t have a mattress cover, now is a really good time to invest in one. They are an important line of protection against future stains and dirt. Mattress protectors can also be washed on a regular basis.
And now it’s up to you.
Here are some handy tips:
Keep cleaning bed sheets and mattress weekly.
Treat every kind of stain as quickly as possible.
If you’re really struggling with a stain or odor, speak to an expert.
When airing your mattress, always choose a sunny day.
Turn your mattress at least four times a year.
Vacuum the mattress on weekends.
When you leave town for a long time, let the mattress sit uncovered.
Is there anything better than knowing you’re going to climb into a clean and fresh bed?
It’s time to look after your precious bed. House Of Beds wants to help keep you to have a healthy sleep with a clean mattress.