Hygiene and cleanliness are the keys to good health. There is more to cleanliness that just keeps your house neat and tidy, washing your clothes and taking a bath on a regular basis. You also need to clean the area where you spend one-third of your life, which is the mattress. Unfortunately, when it comes to cleaning, the mattress is often neglected.
You don’t need to be frantic when it comes to cleaning your mattress. It is also not an impossible task to keep it nice clean without any professional help. Professional cleaning is thorough; however, it is only necessary when there are any allergies. Otherwise, it is very easy to clean a mattress and can be done on a monthly or weekly basis.
Mattresses can be a hub for germs
A sleeper’s dead skin cells accumulate on a mattress. There are also pollutants such as minute dust particles that can hide within the surface and stitching of a mattress. Once they have accumulated, they also can help germs grow inside of them. Those germs can cause various problems such as allergies.
Cleaning on a weekly and monthly basis can help to prevent this from occurring. Regular cleaning also helps to keep a mattress fresh and new. Cleaning should be done on both a weekly and monthly basis. These cleaning methods are not all the same but there are similarities.
Weekly mattress cleaning
Each time you change your sheets, strip the bed and bring the vacuum cleaner in and run your upholstery nozzle across the mattress. Pay close attention to the stitched areas and folds where dust may be hiding. When you use a vacuum cleaner that has a HEPA filter it helps to ensure that the germs are cleaned thoroughly. This method also eliminates dead skin cells.
Monthly mattress cleaning
Your monthly cleaning will be more extensive. After you strip the sheets, pillows, and pads off of the mattress, sprinkle baking soda across the mattress. A sieve can be used to keep things even. Also, you can use your favorite essential oil and mix it in with baking soda to provide a refreshing fragrance.
The mattress is deodorized by the baking soda and it helps to absorb any moisture. Bodily fluids such as sweat can cause bacteria to grow. The odor will be neutralized by the baking soda, and it will remove the moisture as well as kill any microbes that are on your mattress.
Allow the baking soda to sit for a few hours on the mattress. Then vacuum the whole mattress, side to side, and top to bottom. Remove all traces of baking soda from the mattress.
Spot clean any spilled liquid or if there is a stain on the mattress, immediately strip it and then use gentle pressure to sponge the wet spot. Use dry, clean tissue paper to blot up the liquid. Keep blotting until your tissue paper is coming out nearly dry. A bit of white wine (on red win spills) can be used on the affected area to help loosen up the wine stain to make it easier to blot.
For other types of stains, white vinegar can be used. Pour a small amount on top of the stain and allow it to soak in. After a while, sponge up the liquid.
In both of these situations, your next step is to pour generous amounts of baking soda over the area that is affected. That will help to absorb the moisture. Allow the spot to dry and then vacuum. After you vacuum up the baking soda, allow the mattress to dry more for a couple of hours before putting sheets on. Put the mattress in sunlight, if possible.
Magical cleaning agents
Baking soda and white vinegar can really work wonders and are very effective against all types of stains. It is much better to use them instead of harsh chemicals since they will not harm the mattress fabric or material. It is the best cleaning method for child and crib mattresses as well. It is safe for delicate skin and won’t cause any skin or respiratory problems.
When to hire professional help
Although professional cleaning is very thorough, it is not always necessary. You may want to do it every once in a while, when you really need it. If you have bed bugs, then the best solution is to get professional help. The bugs might be hiding in all kinds of unthinkable places, and cleaning manually might not completely remove them.
Professionals might have UV light treatment s well to kill microbial colonies. People who suffer from asthma or other types of allergies also can benefit from this type of mattress treatment.
The bottom line is mattresses should be cleaned according to what your personal needs are. If all you need is regular cleaning done, then you can do it on your own. When there are serious or impossible situations, then the best option is professional help. When your mattress is clean it can allow you to sleep trouble free and night and is a top criterion for your health. A clean mattress is a critically important aspect of our health.