You get to spend around a third of your entire life sleeping so it should only be proper that you give your mattress the proper treatment it deserves. We tend to give more attention to our other appliances such as the television and the computer but most of us forget to take care of that one furniture where, after a long day, we retire for the night.
Okay, enough of the dramatics. You need not be a furniture expert to be able to clean and maintain your mattresses. Cleaning it up is so much simpler than having to clean the refrigerator and the like. To know how, here are some tips.
1. Use an upholstery cleaner to clean the mattress
A good upholstery cleaner can remove the spots and stains that are scattered all over your mattress. If your mattress has not been cleaned up for a long time, it will be a good idea to set aside a day for this task alone. Chances are the stains have hardened already and would not be easy to remove.
After this rigorous workout, I mean cleanup, schedule a regular cleanup session. Your mattress will thank you if you make it a habit to clean your mattress every six months. Also, whenever you soil your mattress, do not stare at it but immediately scrub the stain off using your trusty upholstery cleaner.
If an upholstery cleaner is not available, you can opt to mix your own cleaning solution using mild detergent. Mix it with water until suds form and wipe it unto the stain. You can also use baking soda and vinegar which are also effective in stain removal. Wipe the solutions with a soft rag or a sponge. Avoid using hard-bristled brushes or scrubs as they may ruin the fabric and may worsen the stain.
2. Turn or rotate your mattress every now and then
Turn or rotate your mattress once you feel a slight sinking feeling whenever you lie down. You can prevent your mattress from completely sagging by changing the areas where pressure is directed. Turning or rotating the mattress will also help your health as it would prevent the accumulation of sweat and dust in one area.
Some mattresses are reversible so you can flip them upside down. Some mattresses however are not so you would have to just rotate them. If your mattress is reversible, you can change its position every six months. In case your mattress is like the latter, you would have to rotate it more regularly. Don’t worry; it doesn’t take much time or effort or Herculean strength to do this task.
3. Get a mattress cover that does not gather dust
Mattress covers or mattress toppers do not only provide additional comfort and warmth to the sleeper; they also protect your mattress from wear and tear as well as dust and dirt. Some mattress covers in the market are even designed to protect the sleeper from dust and allergens!
Choose a mattress cover that is not only comfortable but is also durable. Also, it should be easily removed, washed and replaced. More often than not, a spillage will not reach the mattress itself but will only remain on the cover. In such cases, remove the cover immediately and wash it with water and detergent. Dry it thoroughly before placing it back on the mattress.
4. Use a vacuum cleaner on the mattress
Just like the first tip, make it a habit to clean your mattress and ensure that it is free from dust and dirt. Sometimes, wiping off your mattress with an upholstery cleaner will do the trick but there will be times when some stubborn dust particles remain on the mattress.
In this case, try to vacuum your mattress at least once a month. This way, you can be sure that your mattress will be really free from dust and dirt that may cause allergies, if not sickness. Vacuuming your mattress will also take care of those bed bugs and dust mites that are trying to breed in your mattress.
5. Some things to remember:
When cleaning using an upholstery cleaner, always remember to wipe the excess moisture off the surface and let it dry thoroughly before placing it back on the bed. Moisture retained inside the mattress will cause it to have musty smells and may even breed harmful bacteria. Also dry the mattress covers thoroughly.
If you live in a warm place, it is helpful to place your mattress (and the covers if you prefer) under the sun. It will thoroughly dry the mattress up, especially after you clean it. Aside from that, some experts say that the ultra-violet rays of the sun kills harmful bacteria.
Lastly, use the mattress properly. To keep it clean, avoid bringing food and drinks to your bed. To keep it in shape, avoid standing on it and using it as a trampoline. Use it for is function: sleeping.
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