How to Properly Clean and Maintain a Mattress
At the end of the long working day, there is nothing better than lying down in your own bed and relaxing. Unfortunately, even though it should provide us comfort, mattress on our bad is usually full of different nasty things such as dust, sweat, dead skin cells, stains etc. Although we have sheets that are meant to protect us, we still have to clean mattress from time to time.
Here are the basic tips on how to clean a mattress and maintain it:
Vacuuming: This is the first step of the cleaning process. After removing sheets, pillows and blankets, you are ready to go. Vacuuming is a great way to get rid of dirt, hair and dust which accumulate over the course of time.
Removing stains: Most of us have stains on mattress. Even though you might not have a red wine or a coffee smudge, you will most likely have a stain from blood, sweat or urine. Usually, these stains are old making them that much harder to remove.
- You can use a combination of hydrogen peroxide, detergent and baking soda. Mix them together in a spray bottle and go over the stain. Afterwards, you can soak up the content with a clean sponge.
- Another option is to make a paste from salt and lemon juice and put it on the stain. After 30 to 60 minutes, wipe the area with a clean towel.
Freshening the mattress: Put a thin layer of baking soda over the entire mattress and let it stay for couple of hours. It will absorb all the remaining liquid which was left after the stain removal making mattress clean and fresh. Later on, you can vacuum baking soda.
Put it outside: This is perhaps the most important stage of the cleaning process. By exposing your mattress to the Sun, UV radiation will get rid of all the microorganisms that were dwelling inside.
Cover it: In order to make it all worthwhile, protect your mattress after cleaning. This is especially important for people with allergies. Nowadays, there are various synthetic topers and protectors which can be used for this purpose giving you a good night sleep and a solid health protection. Try to find sheets that will perfectly fit your mattress, wrapping it up. This will provide much better dust protection than some random sheet that is either smaller or bigger than the mattress itself.
Flipping the mattress: Your mattress soaks a lot of liquid during its lifetime. This usually comes from sweating or salivating during the sleep. Our body frames pressures just one side while the other is mostly unused. This is why mattresses have to be flipped every once in a while in order to prolong their use. Suggested time is once in every six month. However, have in mind that this applies only on spring mattresses that compress after some time. Your best bet is to consult with manufacturer and ask him for opinion. Nowadays, mattresses are made from various fabrics so each type has to be maintained differently.
Know when to buy a new one: As we emphasized, mattress is very important for your body and health. It should provide you a solid support during sleep. That being said, you have to know when to buy a new one. If you start waking up tired or in pain, this is the sign that your mattress is no longer performing its function and that you need to buy a new one.
Mattress is one of the most important items in your house when it comes to preserving your health. As we get older, many of us will experience back issues. By properly maintaining your mattress, you are also preserving your health. Simultaneously, those who are suffering from allergies need to clean it all the time. By following our pieces of advice, you can do it easily and efficiently.
Author Bio: Jennifer McBride is a content copywriter and mattress expert at Mattress Insider. She’s keen on everything related to mattresses and loves writing tips that help you choose your mattress and keep it clean and hygienic.