Everyone knows that cleaning brings the sun into the house; it’s not in vain that we shine on the windows and allow daylight to enter the house. However, few people believe that this freshness should also be present in your bedroom at night and that proper mattress care – cleaning and airing it – can help you enjoy each new morning.
A comfortable mattress allows you to sleep, relax, so you should take care of it no less than other household items. Expert advice on how to clean and ventilate the mattress, ensuring its hygiene and durability. According to the specialist, for this, it is enough to do just a few actions that will benefit both the mattress and its owner.
Change the Position of the Mattress
Even the best mattress can become clumpy or uncomfortable, so it is recommended that you turn it over at least 3-4 times a year to change the side you sleep on. If the construction of the mattress is one-sided, it is recommended to unfold it, i.e. swap the headboard with the footboard.
When Changing Bed Linen, Sometimes Clean the Mattress Itself
The mattress can also be cleaned from dust by yourself, for this, it is enough to use a more powerful vacuum cleaner. Just vacuum as slowly as possible to remove more dust from the inside of the mattress. Popular wisdom also advises cleaning the mattress by sprinkling it with baking soda, and after an hour or more, use the vacuum cleaner again.
However, wet cleaning the mattress is not recommended as the polyurethane foam tends to absorb liquids. If you want to remove stains from the case, you can do so with a damp cloth. Just remember – in this case, the surface must be well dried so that moisture does not accumulate in the mattress, which can subsequently lead to the appearance of unwanted mould.
Ventilate your Bed and Provide Ventilation
Ventilate the mattress at least once a year. Simply lay it horizontally on your balcony, or with a window open, prop it up against a wall, out of direct sunlight. It is enough to leave the mattress in this position for 2-3 hours. By the way, if it turns yellow, do not worry – short-term sunlight does not affect the technical characteristics of the mattress.
If the base of the bed on which you place the mattress is made of chipboard, I would advise you to dill holes with a diameter of about 30 mm in it, they will act as ventilation for the base of the bed, “warns the expert on mattresses.
According to him, in exceptional cases, only spring mattresses can be laid on chipboard, and solid mattresses made of latex or polyurethane foam are not recommended to be laid on such a base. In addition, it is important to follow all the manufacturer’s recommendations to extend the life of the mattress.
Use a Mattress Cover
An extra mattress cover will help you keep clean. Plus, it’ll be much easier to clean – just machine wash it every two months. “If you don’t have a case yet, I would advise you to get one. The mattress cover protects the mattress from wear and dirt longer. Covers containing linen fibre are currently being produced, which improve the quality of the mattress and provide a natural feeling of freshness.
Don’t Let Uninvited Guests – Ticks Settle
Although synthetic materials such as polyurethane foam, latex, spring blocks, from which the mattress is mainly made, are not a suitable environment for the life of dust mites, with prolonged use of the mattress, its wear and the ingress of human skin particles, the environment partly changes. In this case, all the same airing and cleaning the mattress with a vacuum cleaner prevent the appearance of unwanted guests, the discharge of which often irritates the skin and lungs of a person. Thus, cleaning your mattress can not only improve sleep quality and ensure mattress hygiene but also reduce the likelihood of dust mites and bed bugs in your bed.
Or maybe it’s Time for an Update?
Unfortunately, sometimes all of the above measures do not help, and you may have to say goodbye to your obsolete mattress. “With prolonged use of a mattress, the physical properties of its constituent materials change. All soft materials are subject to stress and deform somewhat over time, therefore, depending on the durability of the materials used for the manufacture of the mattress, we recommend replacing it with a new one every 7-10 years, “says the mattress quality controller.
To find out if your mattress is still good for sleeping, pay attention to how you are feeling. If you get up in the morning with a feeling of exhaustion, do not find a comfortable sleeping position, after the night there are pains in your back or sides, then it’s time to think about purchasing a new high-quality mattress.