A sleep expert has shared a step-by-step guide on how to deep clean your mattress to prevent dust mites. Kora Habinakova from Sleepseeker, a UK bedding brand, says that a clean mattress is key to a good night’s sleep and overall well-being.
“It’s recommended that you deep clean your mattress around twice a year and regularly give it a quick clean to prevent odours, and long-lasting stains and keep it in generally good condition,” said Habinakova.
Cleaning your mattress doesn’t have to be a big job, according to Kora. It can easily be added to your regular cleaning tasks.
“Cleaning your mattress can be easily incorporated into your cleaning routine by tackling it whilst the sheets are in the washer or the dryer,” she advised.
You don’t need fancy equipment to deep clean your bedding. A vacuum and basic household cleaning products will do the trick.”This involves quickly vacuuming over the bare mattress, collecting any dust and crumbs that may have collected there, and then spot-cleaning stains or spills using a mild soap and water mixture,” Kora explained.
Taking good care of your mattress can save you money in the long run. The better you look after it and the more often you clean it, the longer it will last, meaning you won’t have to fork out for a new one as quickly.
If you’re a pet owner who likes to share your bed with your furry friends, it’s a good idea to invest in a high-quality mattress protector. This will help keep your mattress in tip-top condition and prevent it from getting worn out too quickly.
Kora has shared five easy steps to help you keep your mattress clean and well-maintained.
1. When to clean your mattress
According to Kora, the best time to clean your mattress is in the morning. This gives it the whole day to dry out, so it’s ready for you to sleep on again by bedtime. The summer months are the perfect time for a deep clean because you can open the windows or even dry the mattress outside in the nice weather.
Kora says vacuuming your mattress is a quick job. All you need is a small attachment nozzle that lets you get into all the nooks and crannies and suck up all the dirt and dust.
“Remove any dust, crumbs, or dirt that may have crept under the sheets. This step should be nice and quick if you’re regularly giving your mattresses a quick clean.”
“We recommend using a handheld vacuum or a crevice cleaner attachment on your usual vacuum so you can easily access the debris.”
3. Spot clean
Simply creating a soap and water mixture can work wonders when cleaning your mattress. Dab the solution with a clean cloth and use it to clean any stains you may see on the surface of the mattress. You can also buy specific products for mattress cleaning, but your homemade mixture does the job.
4. Remove stains
Similarly, other homemade cleaning mixtures can have a big, positive impact on your mattress. Washing up liquid and baking soda mixed together forms a potent cleaning product. “There are many home recipes for removing stains from your mattress. We recommend mixing two tablespoons of baking soda and a teaspoon of washing-up liquid in a bowl with warm water.”
“The same as with spot cleaning, gently dab the mixture over the stained area. Leave this for around 30 minutes and re-dab the spot with a clean wet cloth. Allow this to dry before moving on to the next step.”
If there are any nasty odors from your mattress, there is another, simple, cost-effective homemade solution. Simply sprinkle it with a baking soda cocktail – baking soda combined with washing up liquid and cold water – and this will remove any smells. Allow it to rest for a few hours and then don’t forget to vacuum the mattress again in order to suck up any excess baking soda left over.
“If your mattress has any strange odors or several patchy, permanent stains you should consider purchasing a new one.”
“These are signs of possible dust mites and bacteria on your mattress which can be the cause of exacerbated asthma symptoms and allergic reactions.”