5 Tips for Keeping Your Mattress Clean
Thursday, 20 September 2012
Nothing beats a good night’s sleep! If you enjoy this more than anything else, it pays to think of how you can improve the quality of your sleep. Addressing the issue with your mattress is good place to start.
A lot of people like to think they are doing a great job at keeping their bedding clean by regularly washing the sheets and covers. As good of a practice as this is, it is far from being the only cleaning service that is needed to keep the annoying spoils at bay. Your mattress in particular is on the receiving end of various stains, dust mites and dead skin cells. Periodically cleaning the mattress is a good way to get rid of all that and improve the quality of your sleep at night. Here is a possible routine you can implement:
Vacuum clean - much like carpet cleaning, vacuuming your mattress often enough is a necessary step in maintaining it spoil-free. The way you do it simple: remove the covers and run the hose of the vacuum cleaner over the entire area of the mattress. That ought to take care of crumbs, dust, dirt, pet hair and all kinds of other spoils that end up on your mattress one way or another. Do this and you will keep your bed clean for a long period of time.
Stain removal - depending on the type of stain you are dealing with, you may have to use different solutions. The most common stains that end up on the mattress are protein-based, which can be treated in a few ways. One recipe features liquid dish soap, baking soda and hydrogen peroxide. Mix all three in a spray bottle and apply the liquid on the stain. That should work nicely. Specialised enzyme cleaners also work well, as they break down stains at their base. If you don’t want to go with that, you can mix a lemon juice and salt paste. Apply to the stain, let it sit for an hour and blow away with a clean cloth.
Deodorise - the best way to deodorise your mattress is to sprinkle a layer of baking soda and let it absorb the unpleasant odours for at least 2 hours. The best way to do this is after a stain removal session, as the soda will help absorb the excess moisture left in the mattress as well. Once enough time has passed, vacuum the baking soda and enjoy your refreshed mattress.
Ventilate - one of the best treatments for your mattress is exposing it to natural sunlight and fresh air. Unfortunately, this may require taking the mattress on your balcony, if you live in the city, as not everyone has a backyard. Still, it is a cleaning service worthy of consideration, because it represents a great way to eliminate bacteria.
Cover - one thing you can do to protect your mattress is to introduce a mattress cover. That is a good defence tool against common spoils, as it prevents as much dust and dirt from ending up there, not to mention that stains are also easier to treat because you can always throw the cover in the washing machine whenever you feel it has become too dirty.
Mattress cleaning is a necessary chore if you wish to sleep better. Invest some time and effort in the described activities above, and you will immediately feel a difference.