Mattresses collect numerous bacteria and mites, and therefore, should be thoroughly cleaned every season. Namely, it’s a fact that an average mattress contains from 10,000 to 10,000,000 mites. Isn’t this scary?
While your bed might be your favorite place at the end of the day, you should also know that it can be full of dead skin cells, dust, sweat, bacteria, and mites. You can find all these nasty things not only in the mattress, but also in the pillows, linens, and even clothes.
Thus, while you wash your bedding and pillow covers regularly, you should also start cleaning your mattress regularly, to help reduce the number of mites and accumulated dirt.
Rules For Cleaning
The first and basic rule of cleaning, for any model of mattress, is to never leave it in a plastic bag. If you leave the plastic wrapper, the fabrics won’t be able to “breathe”, which can create a moisture and destroy the mattress.
The second rule is to remove stains as you make them, in order to prevent the formation and development of bacteria and fungi. Make your own cleaning agent, by mixing a little bit of liquid detergent and baking soda. Rub the cleaning agent on the fresh stain and leave it to dry. Vacuum at the end.
How To Clean Your Mattress With Baking Soda
For me, spring and autumn are the perfect seasons for bed-cleaning, don’t you agree? Also, I would recommend you to rotate or flip the mattress on every 6 months, to prevent sagging.
Here we show you a simple cleaning method, which you should practice at least two times a year.
1. Vacuum Cleaning
Start by vacuum cleaning your bed. Make sure to cover its entire surface and remove the dust and other dirt that accumulates over time.
2. Refresh And Clean
Mix 1.5 cups of baking soda with 15 drops of lavender oil, or any other essential oil with antibacterial properties. Use a sieve to evenly sprinkle a light layer of the mixture over the entire surface of the mattress. Use a brush, to give your bed a “massage” and rub the mixture. Then, leave it for several hours to do its magic. In the end, use a vacuum cleaner to remove the baking soda.
This cleaning process will help you absorb all the moisture present in your mattress, and it’ll help remove dust mites, dead skin cells, bacteria and any other accumulated dirt.
One of the best things for your bed is to always keep it fresh and ventilated. Thus, it’s recommendable to regularly ventilate your bedroom.
4. Cover And Protect
After you’re done with the cleaning, change the sheets of your bed. During the day, make sure that it’s protected with an extra duvet cover.