How to Keep Your Bed Clean and Comfortable all day long?
The bedroom is your little haven for your tired body to rest after a long day out, and the bed is like an embrace warmth of your loved one around you. Hence, we could say your spend a good third of your time in bed with sweat and perspiration every night on the bed! But how often do you wash the mattress and the duvet? When was the last time you change the pillows and mattress?
We believe that a fitful and comfortable sleep begin from adopting good bed hygiene. Who would prefer to lie onto a bed that is filled with pesky dust mites and scary bacteria which are invisible to us each night?
Let’s start our journey now to build a refreshed bed!
A mattress is a serious investment when you purchase it in the beginning to have a good sleep, so you want to make sure it lasts. Mattresses can harbor dust mites, dead skin, dirt and other debris, which means they need to be cleaned regularly – particularly if you suffer from allergies, have pets, or are just an avid midnight snacker.
The good news is that cleaning a mattress is not as difficult as you imagine. Simply follow the steps below to have a refresh mattress.
- Get ready the following cleaning items on hand for a deep clean of the mattress
- a vacuum cleaner with an upholstery attachment
- an enzyme cleaner or can be substitute with dish soap to remove stains
- laundry detergent
- baking soda
- cleaning cloths
- cold water
2. Remove the bed and wash the bedding
This will include the bed sheets, pillowcases, and mattress covers and go into the washing machine. Washing all of them in hot water will get rid of any dusts and dirt. If you have the habit of throwing extra pillows on the floor when it’s bedtime, consider storing them in a bin or basket to keep them from getting dirty.
To keep pillows fluffy and help them dry faster, add some wool dryer balls to the dryer. To prevent mold, make sure the pillows and duvet are completely dry before removing from the machine.
3. Vacuum the mattress
Use the nozzle or brush attachment of a vacuum to remove dust, and pay attention to seams and break out the crevice attachment to get any hidden dirt. Never soak the mattress or apply water or cleaning solution directly. Memory foam for example, is not supposed to get wet at all.
So, spot-cleaning using enzyme cleaner by spraying it onto a clean white cloth. After that, apply cold water to a different clean cloth and continue blotting until the stains lift. The goal here is to use as little product and moisture as possible. This method is good for blood, sweat, vomit, urine and other related stains. You can also make a DIY solution by mixing dish soap with water to do the trick.
Next, sprinkle baking soda on the entire mattress for several hours (the longer the better). It will break down acid and absorb any remaining moisture or odor. Air the mattress in open to let the light and sunshine in. The sun’s UV rays will help kill any mold or bacteria on the mattress.
4. Make your own linen spray
In between regular washes, use a lightly scented linen spray to give your bedding a fresh scent. If you don’t already own a linen spray, try mixing up one with essential oils. In a spray bottle, combine distilled water, 1 tablespoon vodka, and 10 to 20 drops essential oils (lavendar). Gently shaked the bottle before sprizing your duvet cover or blanket or even the entire bedroom.
Cleaning a mattress will no doubt extend its life and make it a treat to sleep on, but all good things must come to an end one day. After 8 years or so, consider investing in a new mattress. Body impressions and sagging indicate that it is no longer providing adequate support. It is important to listen to your body, e.g waking up in pain or sleeping poorly every night are signs that it’s time to get a new set of mattress.