Mattress Care: A Simple Guide
A mattress is often one of the largest household purchases you make and the one which is used the most regularly. Hence, caring for your mattress and cleaning it consistently and completely is very important for a clean bedroom. Because mattresses can become home to dust mites and all sorts of other intruders, it is important to inspect and take care of them regularly. This simple process will aid in the longevity of the mattress and be best for your health. Fortunately, caring for your mattress is not complicated. There are only a few steps to follow.
Change Your Sheets
Changing your sheets is your first line of defense as far as keeping your mattress unsoiled. Change your sheets weekly or biweekly, stripping the mattress and airing it for a few hours. If possible, when changing your sheets, open windows to bring fresh air into the room. Do not allow an Obasan mattress to be in direct sunlight, however. Keeping sheets clean and airing out the mattress periodically will discourage dust mites from hanging around. While the sheets are off the bed, it is a good time to take a quick look at your mattress.
Examine your mattress
Addressing stains and spots promptly will make them easier to remove. After removing the sheets, examine your mattress for stains or spots. Should you see any problem areas, treat them with very light soap and very little water and blot dry. You want to use as little cleaner as possible so as not to get your mattress wet. Let it dry thoroughly before returning the sheets to the bed. Do not wash a removable cover.
Vacuum your mattress
Every 6 months, you should vacuum your mattress. If you have allergies, vacuuming as often as every month may be necessary. Use the upholstery attachment on the mattress and the crevice tool to get in the seams and folds of the mattress. Should you wish to deodorize your mattress, use a light sprinkle of baking soda or a combination of baking soda and cornstarch and leave it for a few hours. Then vacuum it off. Fortunately, many of the natural materials we use in mattresses here at the Clean Bedroom are resistant to dust mites. Dust mites cannot live in latex, and wool is resistant to dust mites as well. However, since no mattress is self-cleaning, it is a good idea to vacuum your mattresses regularly anyway. If you have a mattress with components inside a removable cover, you may air out the cover seasonally. Do not machine wash a removable cover. Consult the manufacturer’s instructions concerning rotating or turning your mattress – most of our mattresses are not flippable.
Caring for your mattress with a mattress protector
Using a mattress protector is probably the single most important thing you can do to protect your mattress from stains, spills, and intruders. Our Guide to Mattress Protectors can help you choose the one that is right for you.