If we are getting 8 hours of sleep each night, we end up spending one-third of our lives in bed. It’s astonishing to think about and easy to see why people wish there were more hours in the day.
With the realization that we spend so much time on our mattress, perhaps we should also be thinking about spending more time keeping that space clean.
Mattresses are a repository for moisture, mites, and mould. Without proper mattress cleaning and care, we are basically subjecting our bodies to conditions that are unsavoury at best, and downright toxic at worst.
So here are some tips on mattress cleaning. Since not everyone has a vacuum at home, we offer some tips on how to clean with and without a mattress.
Tips on How to Clean Mattress With and Without Vacuum
There is no rule for how often you clean your mattress, but you can’t really clean it too often. The cleaner the better.
Of course, there may be some situations that require an immediate deep clean — bedwetting, for example. Urine is not something you want to ignore. The same is true if someone has been in bed with a high fever and sweating a lot. It is best to clean the mattress as soon as possible.
What to Use?
For regular cleaning moisture, we love the old tried and true cleaner: baking soda. Strip the bed sheets and sprinkle the product liberally onto the mattress. Let sit for a few hours, then vacuum thoroughly.
For those without access to a vacuum, setting the mattress outside in the sun is an excellent way to dry out any moisture and freshen things up. If you can stand it upright and lightly beat it, you will be amazed at how much stuff comes off in a cloud. Hang your comforter in the wind and sun for added comfort when you get back into bed at night.
For more serious stains like urine or blood, you will want to draw out as much moisture as possible. You can use a chemical stain remover and follow directions, or some soapy cold water to break up the stain. Don’t rub it! Dab instead.
Then sprinkle the baking soda and place something heavy on top of the affected area. Next do another round of two baking soda and vacuuming to make sure the stain is drawn out as much as possible.
How to Keep a Mattress Clean
There are several things you can do to prevent things like mould and mites from making a home in your bed.
1. Mattress Protector
These do exactly what they say they will and keep mattresses protected from liquids and stains. They work like a charm and can do wonders to extend the life of a mattress.
2. Wash Your Sheets and Blankets Regularly
Make it a habit to keep fresh linens on your bed. We likely don’t realize how much is building up in our beds so it is a good idea to stay on top of keeping things clean.
3. Keep Pets Off the Bed
This might be tough but pets can track in all kinds of things that are gross to sleep with. Train your pet to stay off the bed and keep your peace of mind.
Please feel free to contact our Surrey mattress store, if you have any questions about the new mattress.