The Best Time To Clean Your Mattress - Spring!
The difference in amount of money spent on automobiles vs. mattresses is pretty substantial. So why not take special care of the place you spend most of your time?
When was the last time you cleaned your mattress? Do you know how? We hope to enlighten you on the importance of cleaning your mattress regularly, and the benefits of it!
What are common problems that occur when you do not clean your mattress regularly? Here are just a few…
- Dust mites
- Dead skin cells
Pretty gross right? This is why we firmly believe that cleaning your mattress and your bedding on a regular basis is extremely important. That being said, here are a few tried-and-tested methods to better your sleeping environment.
- Washing your sheets: This should be done weekly. Yes, weekly! Sometimes it is good to have a spare set of sheets for when you clean your favorite set, this way you won’t be sleeping without, when having forgotten to toss them in the dryer.
- Avoid very hot temperatures when washing and drying; they weaken fibers.
- Use mild detergent (such as Wisk or Arm & Hammer dye-free formula) and wait until it's diluted before putting sheets in the washer. Undiluted detergents can discolor fabric.
- Dry on the low or medium heat setting; overdrying sheets weakens fibers and bakes off finishes.
- Vacuuming Your Mattress: Why, you ask? Along with animal dander, dust, mildew and moldspores, dust mites are one of the most common triggers of indoor allergies and asthma. Indoor allergies are usually caused by small particles that we inhale, and because dust mites are microscopic, you'll find them even in the cleanest of bedrooms.
- Strip your mattress and vacuum to your heart’s desire! There is no wrong way here, so just be thorough by cleaning the top and sides of mattress!
- Deodorizing Your Mattress: Once odors are absorbed into the mattress they can be difficult to remove, but not impossible. Depending on the odor and how easily you can transport your mattress will depend on what methods you are able to use.
- Baking soda is a great way to absorb odors. After vacuuming, sprinkle baking soda over the surface of your mattress, and be generous! Let this sit for as long as possible (best results after 1 hour minimum).
- Simply vacuum the baking soda from your mattress thoroughly and there you go!
- Sunbathing Your Mattress: Not all mattresses are easily transferable. If you are able to move your mattress outside on a nice sunny day, do so! The sun has natural cleaning abilities and can kill off bacteria hiding in the mattress.
- Move the mattress outside around 10:00AM to give it plenty of sunlight.
- Rotate, flip your mattress halfway through the day to be sure you get both sides clean.
So there you have it! These are our favorite, most effective methods of cleaning the most important piece of furniture in your home. What are some of your favorite cleaning methods? Tell us in the comment section!
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