August 11, 2020 4 min read
When was the last time you cleaned your mattress? This is something most households take for granted, but it is more important for our health than we think. Here are at least 3 reasons why you should, and the steps on how to deep clean your mattress.
No matter how clean we are, the dead skin cells we shed while we sleep accumulate in our bed. These, along with sweat and dust, become a breeding ground for bedbugs. These critters suck on exposed skin while we sleep.
While some sources say they do not transmit disease, a new study says bedbugs can transmit a parasite known as the Trypanosoma cruzi which causes the Chagas disease.
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Mattresses contain the highest concentration of dust mites according to a 2015 study in Singapore. The droppings of these microscopic creatures can cause asthma, allergies, and other skin irritations.
While bedbugs and dust mites have been the most common bed pests for ages, the more recent coronavirus scare gives us another reason to deep clean a mattress.
This may not be as common as bedbugs/dust mites, but knowing how contagious the coronavirus can be, it helps to apply precautionary measures. In fact, Infectious Disease specialist Dr. Isaac Bogoch says that the coronavirus can linger on various surfaces between 2 hours to several days, and mattresses are no exception.
Read on to know the step-by-step guide in cleaning your mattress.
Separate and remove mattress covers, sheets, and pillowcases and chuck them into the washing machine. Make sure to wash everything in hot water under 40C and tumble dry on high for 28 minutes minimum to get rid of the dust mites and viruses.
Bed bugs have a life cycle of 2 weeks, so washing your bed sheets at least every 2 weeks is required. If you go out often, due to the pandemic you might want to consider washing your sheets more frequently.
Give your mattress a thorough vacuuming to eliminate skin flakes, bugs, and bug feces. Make sure to go over the entire surface, including the sides and seams to get all the hidden dust and other particles.
You can use a homemade cleaning solution of water and vinegar in a spray bottle. Spray and blot the spot dry, repeating as necessary.
Sprinkle baking soda on top of the mattress and leave it for several hours to leave it smelling fresh and clean or until it is dry. Vacuum again to remove the presence of any baking soda to finish.
After deep cleaning your mattress, it’s important to protect it so you can enjoy it for a long time to come. Once it’s completely dry, it will be fresh and clean. A good mattress cover is suggested for protection from soiling. This forms a good foundation for some fresh, crisp bed linens.
You may now choose to go for some pure comfort and luxury by layering a duvet on top. This is sure to turn your bedroom into the oasis you deserve, a true sanctuary, much-need for your well-being, and good rest in this pandemic era.
A nice duvet will not only keep you comfortable for a more restful sleep but by protecting it with different duvet covers, you can effortlessly and efficiently change the look of your bed and room without the need to completely redecorate your space. Meanwhile, your mattress continues to be preserved for a long time.
Protecting your mattress will make cleaning easier in the future. Should you have accidental spills, dirt, or other unpleasant particles, you can always throw your duvet cover, sheets or mattress cover into the washer.
The struggle with the duvet, however, is how to put the duvet cover (back) on. Fortunately, our innovative duvet covers with a patented design make this unpleasant task so easy. With duvet covers from Beddley, protecting your duvet and in turn protecting your mattress has become a fast and easy task.
It is recommended that mattresses be vacuumed every three to six months or even monthly. If you are highly allergic to dust particles, it is highly advisable to vacuum more frequently to remove these allergens.
Yellow stains may be caused by the excess sweat released onto the mattress. Over time, it is common for mattresses to become discolored and musty smelling from accumulated sweat.
Just mix a fifty percent solution of water with a fifty percent solution of white vinegar in a spray bottle.
Once the mixture is ready, spray the stain and blot with a clean cloth. Repeat until the stain has disappeared.
Cleaning the mattress is something you should do on a regular basis for health reasons. Follow the steps on how to deep clean your mattress for more healthy sleep.
It is advisable to have your mattress deeply cleaned at least twice a year by professionals. This will help prevent the build-up of severe odors, bacterial growth, and heavy stains from accumulating on the mattress.