Cleaning your Mattress

Cleaning your mattress-

Mattress cleaning, how often is best when it comes to cleaning your mattress and bedding?  The sad fact is that our sheets and mattress are collection grounds for microorganisms and other unsavory things.  These little buggers aren’t harmful to most of us, but still, cleaning your mattress and bedding should be a regular occurrence.

cleaning your mattress controls what lurks inside

Cleaning your mattress helps control a number of issues

Washing your Sheets-

Once a week is generally considered the optimum frequency for washing your sheets to keep them free of dust mites and other debris that has collected during the week.  ‘Other debris’ includes dead skin cells, lit, fibers, insect parts, animal hair, cosmetics and more.  When you are in bed, the stuff that is attached to you falls off.

It is best to wash and dry your sheets on warm to hot cycles to better ensure you are killing as many of the dust mites, germs, and other critters as possible.

A nice all-purpose freshening tip is to place a few dryer sheets on the mattress before putting the bed cover and sheets back in place.

Vacuum your Mattress-

Cleaning your mattress should include vacuuming your mattress at least every month or two.  Dust mites typically collect on the bed where they feed off dead skin cells that fall off your body.  Dust Mites can produce allergens that can cause a stuffy nose and sneezing.

Take the linens and mattress cover from your mattress and vacuum the entire mattress, focusing especially on the cracks and areas that may hide dust mites.

Bed Frames-

Dust mites may hide in your bed frame as well.  While you are cleaning your mattress is a great time to clean the frame.  Using a regular household cleaning solution, or one you can make of your own (one part rubbing alcohol to one part water) and spraying or rubbing it directly on the frame is recommended.

Other Mattress Cleaning tips-

  • It is suggested as part of a comprehensive mattress care program that you flip your mattress every 6 months
  • If the mattress becomes soiled or dirty, use an upholstery shampoo
  • For more serious issues like vomit, urine and mildew- you should consult a professional

Your bed is where you spend a lot of time, cleaning your mattress and sheets should be a regular occurrence.  Not just for cleanliness and health sake, but also to increase the life of your mattress.