Last week we talked about the kind of mattress you might want to get and why. But let’s say you already own a mattress that you like, and that fits your sleep type- how do you keep it looking, feeling, and smelling like new?
A regular cleaning schedule and flipping your mattress will help make sure your bed is still just as comfy as the day you bought it.
You might ask at this point, “Do I really need to clean my mattress?” To that, we’d like you to consider, for a moment, that your mattress works like a sponge.
Over time, this sponge soaks up everything it comes in contact with, especially if you sleep on it at least 8 hours a night. That means after only a few months, your mattress has trapped and contains tons of dust, stains, and odors that will begin to affect your sleep.
Luckily, Cleaning your mattress just takes a little time, a vacuum, a stain remover, and a whole lot of baking soda.
1. Remove all bedding and wash it
Take care to wash your bedding according to its attached tags and wash similar colors together
2. Vacuum the dust and dirt
If your vacuum has a fabric attachment, use it to thoroughly suck up the dirt and dust that’s found its way into your mattress. Take extra care to really cover the corners and crevices- places where dust gets trapped more easily.
3. Remove stains
Stain removal from mattresses is tricky. Instead of soaking stains, blot stains with a white cloth that’s been sprayed with a cleaner, then apply cold water to another cloth and blot until the stain lifts. The goal is to use as little product and moisture as possible, given that you should never soak a mattress, especially memory foam.
4. Baking soda
Like leaving a box of it in the fridge, baking soda will absorb any odors and bacteria on your bed if properly applied. Once the bed is completely dried off, sprinkle baking soda over the mattress and let it sit in a room. Leave your mattress undisturbed with open windows to let in the sunshine and fresh air in for as many hours as you can (an overnight trip is even better).
5. Vacuum (Reprise)
After your bed has enjoyed its baking soda soak, it’s time to vacuum the mattress again. This time the goal is to remove the baking soda and any spots you might have missed with the first vacuum pass.
6. Flip it
Every mattress has different flipping requirements. Some require a simple rotation, and others a full flip; consult the tag on your mattress for proper care and instructions on flipping it. Avoid over-flipping your mattress by flipping or rotating your mattress every six months, or about twice a year.
And just like that, you’re back to sleeping on a spotless mattress!
Pro Tip: save time when cleaning by using protectors and encasements for your mattress prevents it from soaking up as much dust and odors.
If you would like more info on getting the best and most restful sleep, check out previous articles of ours like why it is vital to get restful sleep, getting to know your bedding, and the right pillow for your sleep type.
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