A large percentage of our lives is spent in our beds, about 1/3 actually, and despite this many of us don’t give much thought to the cleanliness of our mattresses. But for a truly restful sleep don’t you perhaps think we should?
While we all no doubt regularly wash out sheets, our mattress and pillows should also be on a cleaning cycle. Not to get overly gross, but mattresses collect quite a bit while we sleep. Things such as: dead skin, sweat, dust mites and a few other things… you can google what else if you truly wish to know. That being the case it would definitely be a good idea to clean your mattress about every 6 months.
How do I clean my mattress?
- You would want to start by clearing off any and all bedding you may have: mattress covers, duvet inserts and covers, quilts, sheet, pillows etc. Whatever can be thrown in the washing machine should be washed on hot to kill off mites and disinfect. Something that I like to do as well is add a bit of essential oil, either lavender or eucalyptus. Essential oils are naturally antibacterial and will give your bedding a calming scent.
- Next you will use the upholstery attachment on you vacuum and go over the top of the mattress. A surprising amount of dirt and debris can make it’s way through sheets and bedding.
- Now to deodorize and sanitize you will sprinkle baking soda over the top of the mattress and leave it for several hours. The longer the better! The baking soda is an alkaline salt (similar to what we use in our cleaning process) and thus neutralizes the acidic odors that are in your mattress. In addition it changes the pH of the environment and can cause certain bacteria to die. When you are ready you will then vacuum the mattress again to remove all the baking soda, giving special attention to any crevasses. Once you are done, be sure to empty and clean your vacuum filter, you don’t want the baking soda sitting in there.
- If this is a little more than you’d like to do on an afternoon off, you can always give us a call and have us clean your mattress with you next appointment!