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Most of us shouldn’t even answer that. The reality in many households is that mattresses stay out of sight and out of mind until there’s some sort of mishap. When a pipe leaks or a pet has an accident, mattress cleaning jumps to the top of the priority list. But as soon as the baking soda clears, we return to ignoring what’s under the sheets.
While it can seem like something that doesn’t require much maintenance, a mattress can deliver big benefits with regular cleaning. When free of dust, debris, and stains, your mattress will provide more restorative sleep, have a longer life, and be less likely to fall pretty to pesky invaders. When we say “regularly,” we don’t mean you have to invest time every week or even every month. By cleaning your mattress twice a year, you can reduce allergens and enjoy all of these benefits.
If you’re not sure how to clean your mattress, you’re in the right place. First and foremost, you need to have the right tools for the job. Fortunately, those tools correspond with convenient steps.
Prep – Strip the linens off your bed and wash them on the highest heat they can handle – all of them. This is your twice-yearly deep clean, so even the duvet gets a refresh.
1) The Crevice Tool - This vacuum cleaner extension is essential. It will help you get into the many nooks, crannies, and seams that line your mattress. Take the time to vacuum the entire surface, even if it looks like most of the real estate is clean. You’ll be sucking up dust, dirt, and skin cells that settle into the body of the mattress.
2) Non-Toxic Upholstery Cleaner – Depending on your situation, you might want to make a substitution here. Pet owners should use an enzyme-based, odor-busting cleaner. For minor stains, the budget-conscious option is a solution of equal parts water and mild dish detergent.Whichever cleaner you use, it’s important to banish stains as soon as you find them. Keep a fan handy and don’t re-dress the bed until the treated spots have dried completely. Should you need them, here are some all-natural recipes for removing blood stains and pet urine.
3) Baking Soda – Enter the human-friendly wonder cleaner! If it seems like baking soda is good for everything (around the house), that’s because it is! In this case, its purpose is to sanitize and deodorize. You’ll want to give your entire bed a generous sprinkling of baking soda. Don’t be shy! Let it sit for as long as is practical, for up to 24 hours. For extra-strength cleaning power, maximize the sunlight shining on your mattress during this step. When it’s time for you to wrap up this project, grab your trusty crevice tool and diligently vacuum the entire surface of the mattress again.
4) Bonus: Mattress Cover – Here’s the magical thing about following these steps for the first time. Now that your mattress is super clean, you’ll get the ultimate benefit from adding a cover. Now, we’re not talking about a regular mattress pad. To create a barrier that keeps dust and debris out of your bed, eliminates the risk of spills and accidents, and banishes mites, fleas, and (Heaven forbid) bed bugs, you need a high-quality mattress cover. You can get them right here, on Amazon, or at a local big-box store. Just be sure to do your research and read plenty of reviews before you commit to a cover. If you see complaints of tearing, zipper malfunctions, sheets falling off, or a crinkly sound and feel, keep looking.
Your mattress is arguably your most important piece of furniture, and the one that likely has the biggest impact on your life. By cleaning it regularly, you’ll not only have a great sleep experience, but you’ll also extend its life. Putting off your next mattress purchase for a year or more is no small potatoes. When you are ready to upgrade or replace an old mattress with a new one, be sure to take a look at A Goodnight Sleepstore. We’re determined to help every customer find his or her best possible night’s sleep, and our guarantees mean a great return policy and the best price you’ll find anywhere. With us, you’ll get a bed worth protecting!
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