People choose organic mattresses for lots of reasons, and one of the most common is for their natural antimicrobial properties. In the case of organic latex mattresses, many concerns are naturally eliminated. These can range from VOCs to dust mites and mold. Resistance to germs and moisture, though, doesn’t make your bed bulletproof. To keep enjoying all the benefits of an organic mattress, some care is still required. As a matter of fact, all consumers of all mattresses could benefit from a lesson in mattress maintenance. We offer this one for those who take the greener, more environmentally friendly route.
Cover your base. In this case, we mean the mattress, your home base for sleeping. A mattress is a big, unwieldy thing to move, and it’s even harder to clean. By choosing a sleep system that includes a removable cover, or by adding your own, you can minimize the need for deep cleaning of your actual mattress. Your bed is going to live in your home with your family for a decade. Do yourself a favor by simplifying the process you’ll go through when accidents do happen.
Suck it up. Even all-natural latex mattresses use other organic textiles in their construction. To reduce the amount of environmental matter that accumulates in the cloth parts of your bed, sweep it with a handheld vacuum whenever you’re cleaning your house. Be sure to use a vacuum that features a HEPA filter, or already-sucked-up dust can come back out onto your mattress.
Let it breathe. The benefit of a mattress cover is obvious, but there’s also plenty to be gained by taking it off regularly. Most of the time, when you strip your bed and wash your sheets, it won’t be right before you need to zonk out. Use that time to let your bed air out. Zip the cover open or off, and leave the mattress protector and sheets off for a while. Your bed will be cleaner, and that will be a breath of fresh air.
Stay cool. This is just a good rule of thumb. Regardless of fire resistance, don’t set objects with heating elements on your bed. Keep the iron on the ironing board, the curling iron on the vanity, and the space heater a good distance away. Keeping your laptop off the bed might be even more important, as poorly vented computers can overheat and start on fire when placed on soft surfaces.
Clean naturally. If you’ve gone to the trouble to avoid chemicals in your mattress, you definitely shouldn’t add them yourself. Your bed’s cover or protector will contain most spills and make them easy to wash away. When stains do soak through, take the natural route. Vinegar and baking soda can be used to clear away stains and neutralize odors. In the case of human fluids, start with cold water, as adding heat will “cook” the stain in place. If you’ve added moisture to your mattress for any reason, air it out – in the sun if you can.
Take it easy. Be gentle with your mattress. Don’t beat it up, bend it, fold it, or otherwise get aggressive with your mattress. You’ll compromise its structural integrity and reduce its lifespan. If you need a folding mattress, find one that’s made to be folded. In all cases, treat your bed the way it was designed to be treated.
Every mattress can be improved with maintenance. By taking these simple steps, you’ll avoid a lot of hassle and minimize allergens. Whether you’re in the market for a new mattress or just need tips for taking better care of your old one, visit our sleep specialists at A Goodnight Sleepstore. We’ll make sure you get a good night’s sleep, whatever you’re sleeping on.