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10 Ways To Clean And Freshen Up Your Mattress

    There’s no doubt that you make your bed every day. However short of time you are, you wouldn’t dream of stepping out of your bedroom without this inevitable chore. Whether you take shortcuts and spread the coverlet over rumpled sheets or you take the trouble to shake out the sheets and blankets, fluff up your pillows and smooth out the coverlet, it’s a matter of personal choice. Busy people who do double duty working outside the home and inside, may struggle with finding the time for thorough bed-making. You may be tied down with young kids, pets, or aged parents to care for, and bed-making is probably the last item on your to-do list. Bed-making is not just about aesthetics. It’s also about making sure that the mattress is super-clean and hygienic. Have a look at our handy guide: 10 Ways To Clean And Freshen Up Your Mattress. We help you discover easier, swifter, and more effective ways to keep your bed a neat, tidy, and hygienic place to rest.

    What’s Hiding In Your Mattress?

    A good quality mattress can last for between 7 and 10 years with minimal, regular care. Many things impact the life span of your mattress. The quality of the original materials used, your weight and sleeping style, ambient temperature, and usage are factors that determine its lifespan. Most people change their mattresses when they find them uncomfortable or impossible to sleep on. Some of you flip the mattress regularly to extend its life. The mattress could sag in certain places if you’re a heavier person. Side-sleepers will notice that it sags around the hip or shoulder regions.

    But what’s hiding in your mattress? If you’ve used the same mattress for 10 years, studies show that you could have slept on it for at least 30,000 hours. That means it has held ten years’ sweat, saliva, dead skin, pet dander (if you allow your dogs or cats on your bed), and more.

    Dust mites are invisible creepy crawlies that feed on dead skin. One study estimates that millions of them could reside in your mattress at any given time. Their droppings and dead bodies cause allergies and conditions such as asthma and other respiratory and skin allergies.

    If you’ve traveled and lived in hotels, it’s almost certain you’ve brought bedbugs back. They not only suck blood but also cause allergies. Their fecal matter and exoskeletons remain on your mattress, causing different types of respiratory distress.

    If your mattress is made from polyurethane foam, it could release toxic fumes of volatile organic compounds that react with your body’s heat. Mattresses may contain other chemicals in the form of flame-retardant coating and glues. These may not harm adults, but they could pose a hazard to children.

    The average human could generate up to 20 gallons of sweat annually in their beds. This semi-damp environment encourages the growth of fungi and bacteria such as yeast, mold, staph, and E.coli. The recent pandemic has highlighted how the virus spreads through contaminated bedding.

    If you or your kids jump onto the mattress with your shoes on, you’re bringing dirt from wherever you’ve been – public toilets, stepping on pet poop, and worse.

    If you allow your pets to share your bed, be warned that this is a surefire recipe for allergies. Pet dander, hairs, and fecal matter can land on your mattress.

    10 Ways To Clean And Freshen Up Your Mattress

    Mattresses are big-ticket investments. Now that you know how a dirty mattress can harm you and your loved ones, let’s look at safe, easy, effective, and convenient ways to keep it sanitized and squeaky clean.

    1. Wash: At least once a week or two weeks, strip the mattress of all the sheets, covers, and blankets. Remove the pillowcases. Dump everything in the washer and run on the hot cycle with the soak option. If your pillows are machine washable, toss them in too. Sun-dry everything thoroughly.

    2. Vacuum: Daily vacuuming is important to get rid of dust mites and pet hair. Ensure that the vacuum cleaner attachments are clean. Carefully vacuum every square inch, use the brush attachment, and don’t forget the seams and corners. Vacuum the bed above and below.

    3. Deodorize: Use a cup full of baking soda. Sprinkle lightly all over the mattress and let it sit for at least an hour. The smells get absorbed. Vacuum thoroughly to remove the soda. This keeps your mattress fresh and smelling. You can do this once a week.

    4. Stains: Check the labels on your mattress, pillows, and manufacturer guidelines. Use a mild detergent dissolved in warm or cold water and rub gently with a microfiber cloth dipped in the solution. Dry thoroughly with a hair dryer.

    5. Ventilation: Keep your bedroom windows open on sunny days. If you have to air-condition the room, ensure it is thoroughly aired whenever it’s not in use. This allows moisture to evaporate and keeps the mattress dry.

    6. Steam-cleaning: If you have a garment steam cleaner, hold the nozzle a bit close to the surface of the mattress. This helps to eliminate bed bugs and dust mites. Get professional cleaning done if needed.

    7. Yellowing: If your mattress is a slightly older one, you may find that the whites turn yellow after a few years. This is because of sweat and oil build-up. Use a mixture of one cup of hydrogen peroxide, ¼ tsp of dish wash liquid, and one cup of warm water. Work it into the stained parts of the mattress with a towel and let it sit for an hour. Spray cold water and wipe with a damp microfiber cloth. Dry thoroughly before use.

    8. Mattress Pad: Use a mattress protector to prevent stains and build-up of dust, pollen, and mites. Wash the mattress pad regularly and keep it fresh and clean.

    9. Flip: Turn the mattress regularly to ensure that it’s kept even and firm. Another benefit is that dust or sweat that sinks to the bottom can be aired and cleaned regularly.

    10. Memory foam: If you have a memory foam mattress, follow the manufacturer’s instructions on cleaning. It can be vacuumed regularly whenever you change the sheets and bedding. Use a mild solution of vinegar to remove stains and dry thoroughly before use.

    Final Thoughts

    Though you may keep the entire house sparkling clean, it’s possible that you could miss cleaning your mattress. Mattresses pick up dirt, sweat, allergens, fungi, pollutants, and bacteria. This build-up affects your health and well-being. Many allergies and diseases are caused by sleeping on dirty mattresses. There are several easy and effective ways to clean your mattresses, protect your family’s health, and get sound sleep.