Are you that person? The one who stashes the comforter in the closet, remakes the bed with your own sheets, and then washes your hands six times the moment you set foot in your hotel room? Or are you the spouse/parent/sibling who leaves an extra-generous tip for housekeeping out of embarrassment? Either way, you know that a sleepover for a germaphobe can be a total nightmare.
Pick your side. We want you to win.
People either think about where they’re sleeping or they don’t. There’s not a lot of middle space. If you’re still here, you either stress about germs yourself or you love someone who can’t sleep without first determining whether the textiles have recently been bleached. Having vast knowledge of sleeping surfaces puts us in a unique position to do a service to you, no matter how afraid of dust mites you might be.
Product improvement is driven by demand in the marketplace, and those demanding cleaner, more sustainable products that deliver more germ-conscious sleep experiences have loud voices. We hear you loud and clear. So we’re ready to arm you with knowledge you can slide between yourself and potentially germ-laden sleeping surfaces like a surfactant to prevent all unnecessary contamination risk for the rest of your days.
What can germaphobes do?
Eliminate nasties altogether.
If you’re looking for the last nail in the coffin of your obsessive-compulsive thought processes, the material from which your mattress is made can put your germ-filled nightmares to rest. The organic mattress movement has introduced a more diverse range of naturally antimicrobial materials to the market. By choosing an organic latex bed or one covered with all-natural wool, you can eliminate most nasty organisms from the get-go. These materials are naturally antibacterial, antimicrobial, and unappealing to bed bugs, dust mites, and most of the other things people want to keep off their mattresses. Some are even water, stain, and fragrance repellant!
Keep the nasties at arm’s length.
Most people are cool with, say, rubber gloves. As long as there’s an impermeable boundary between their bodies and the things they don’t want touching their bodies, everybody is happy. It’s hard to keep a bed sterile, but you do have options for minimizing exposure. If you’re not interested in buying a whole new organic mattress for yourself or your squeamish loved one, you can still maintain healthy boundaries.
Use a mattress cover.
You should have a mattress cover for a few reasons. It protects your mattress in general and extends its functional life. It also prevents the spread of colds and flus, and guards against the occasional human or pet-related accident. This is especially important if you don’t have a dog, since the first thing you can expect a visiting puppy to do is pee on an inappropriate surface. A good, non-permeable, hypoallergenic mattress cover should neutralize any fear that this week’s guests will have to suffer any consequences of the behavior of last week’s guests. It’ll also get you lots of points for your overtly considerate germ consciousness.
Change the sheets.
There’s no getting away with it. You have to change your sheets more than is convenient, and definitely after every overnight visitor. It doesn’t matter if they’re friends or if they’re related to one another. Any germ-phobic guest will know whether you’ve changed the linens or not. The “normal” recommended frequency for rotating bed-related textiles is once every two weeks, but anyone truly germ conscious likely washes every week, especially in the summer.
Wash & change your pillows.
Remember how you had one pillow for your entire childhood, and that’s why you are now able to compress it into a two-inch square to serve as a ring tuffet at your wedding? Well, no one noticed in the 80s, but that’s gross. Pillows go next to mouths, which play both offense and defense in the communicable-illness game. You should actually be washing your pillows every few months. Ideal washing instructions differ depending on pillow filling, so be sure to do your homework. You should also be folding them in half every few months. When they stop springing right back, pitch ’em. As an insurance policy, choose the most interestingly ugly pattern you can stand. Then can count on your eyes (rather than your memory) to inspire you to replace them.
It’s still your call.
Your beds – your own, the one for guests, or otherwise – should be oases of calm, healthy relaxation. Take anxiety and illness out of the equation by taking these relatively simple steps. If you want to strike out germs in one fell swoop, come to A Goodnight Sleepstore and check out our just-about-everything-proof organic latex mattresses.