When you clean your home, you likely consider everything from the floors and worktops to the shelves and light fittings. One thing most people don’t think about is their mattress. However, your mattress needs to be cleaned about every six months. Over time, mattresses collect sweat, dead skin cells, oils, and dust mites, all of which can affect your health if not cleaned regularly.
Your night time routine should be relaxing, not marred by grime or concern over cleanliness. You spend about a third of your life sleeping and you must have a clean place to do so.
Buy a Mattress That’s Easy To Clean
Although many of us neglect to do so, you’ll be relieved to hear that most mattresses are fairly easy to clean. It can be easier to clean a traditional spring mattress rather than a memory foam mattress because of the materials used. When you are purchasing a mattress, be sure to check honest mattress reviews to find feedback on how easy it is to keep various models clean.
One step to make mattress cleaning more manageable is to use a mattress topper or protector that you can easily remove. The topper will absorb the brunt of any spills and most mattress protectors can be thrown in the washing machine, leaving you to vacuum the mattress itself for a full reset.
The ideal vacuum cleaner for a mattress is something lightweight and portable, with substantial cleaning power so as to remove any pet hairs and other allergens such as pollen, especially important for those with hayfever and asthma. Something like the Riccar SupraLite would be an ideal model, for example.
Clean Your Bedding
Your sheets, blankets, and pillowcases should be washed and changed about once a week. Keeping your bedding clean is an essential step toward having a clean space to sleep each night. Regularly cleaning your bedding is one of the best things you can do to keep dust mites and allergens from infesting your mattress.
You can even look into antibacterial and antimicrobial detergents to be extra certain you’re getting a thorough clean. If you tend to have issues with allergies, be sure your detergent is hypoallergenic.
Vacuum Your Mattress
A handheld vacuum is the best choice for cleaning your mattress, but you can also use the hose from an upright vacuum. When you vacuum your mattress, make sure you go over the entire surface area, including the sides. Pay special attention to any seams or crevices, which can harbor hidden dust particles. You will want to use the upholstery attachment for your mattress’s fabric surface and be sure to take advantage of any attachments for those hard-to-reach areas.
Vacuuming your mattress will remove dirt and skin cells. However, it will not help get rid of stains and it doesn’t help much with any odour your mattress may carry.
In order to stay clean, mattresses must stay dry. Sometimes you may need to put a bit of liquid on your mattress for spot cleaning, but you should avoid anything beyond that. Memory foam, in particular, is not supposed to get wet at all.
Although it may be tempting, do not try to use a carpet cleaner on your mattress. Instead, you should spot clean with a stain remover. The type of stain remover you use will depend on the type of stain you have. If you eat breakfast in bed, you might have coffee or juice stains, however, biological stains, such as sweat and blood, are more common. For those, you need an enzyme cleaner. You should put a little of the stain remover on a clean cloth and blot the stain with the cleaner to break it up. Then, put some cold water on another clean cloth and blot the stain until it lifts. You should try to use as little cleaner and water as possible.
Use Baking Soda
Baking soda is a great, versatile cleaner to have around the house. For your mattress, it is especially helpful for removing stains and odours you may have missed. Sprinkle baking soda liberally over the entire mattress and allow it to sit for at least an hour. That time will allow the baking soda to absorb any excess liquids, stains, and smells left behind on the mattress.
After allowing the baking soda to set, you can vacuum it up. The vacuum should take the baking soda along with any odours and stains with it.
Air It Out
Your mattress is, essentially, a large rectangle made of various odor-trapping fabrics and layers. When you wash and change your sheets each week, leave the mattress uncovered so it can air out. You can even turn on a fan or two.
You should also be deep cleaning your mattress every six months, providing you with an excellent opportunity to let it air out. Open the windows in the bedroom to allow the entire room to get some fresh air while you clean. It can be a great reset for everything. You can even pull your mattress off the box spring or out of the frame and stand it up so that air circulates better around it. If your model allows it, this can also be a great time to flip your mattress.
A Fresh Spring Clean
Spring is a great time to clean your mattress. It can create a new sense of cleanliness and life and add freshness to a potentially stale environment. What’s more, you will sleep better if you know that your sleeping space is clean and fresh. It can take a little while to get used to cleaning your mattress, but once you get into the habit, you’ll be glad you did.
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