Mattresses are essential to our lives as they provide a comfortable and cosy space to rest and rejuvenate after a long day. However, mattresses can also be a breeding ground for dust mites, bacteria, and other allergens that can negatively impact our health.
Regular cleaning of mattresses is crucial for maintaining their longevity and ensuring a healthy sleeping environment.
This article will explore the importance of cleaning mattresses for a healthy life and provide some valuable tips and techniques to help you keep your mattress clean and fresh.
5 Important Steps to Clean Mattresses
Ask anyone, and they’ll emphasize the need to clean your mattress. You might think that it’s okay. After all, you use a sheet and a mattress cover, right?
Wrong. Your mattress needs to be cleaned regularly, just like everything else in your house. It’s prone to collecting dust and other small debris.
Thankfully, you can clean your mattress with a homemade solution.
#1: Strip Your Bed
Before you can begin cleaning your mattress, you need to take everything off of it. This gives you an excellent excuse to wash your sheets and clean your pillows.
Yes, your pillows must be laundered as often as your sheets. You can place most pillows in the washing machine and dryer. Just be sure to follow the care instructions on the tag.
#2: Gather Your Materials
The next step involves gathering everything you need to clean your mattress.
You’ll need the following things: a quart-sized jar with a lid, baking soda, a measuring cup, an essential oil (aim for either eucalyptus or lavender), a fine sieve (like the type used for flour), and finally, a vacuum.
#3: Make Your Cleaning Solution
Pour your baking soda into the jar. You’ll need one cup of baking soda for a single, double, or full-size mattress and two cups for queen and king-sized ones.
Put four drops of your essential oil into the baking soda. Put the lid on the jar (make sure it’s tight) and then shake it to mix everything together.
#4: Cleaning The Mattress
Take the jar and the sieve into your bedroom. Open the jar and sieve using the sieve, and sift the mixtures over the entire mattress. Let the baking soda sit on top of the mattress for an hour.
If you have pets, you’ll want to close the door to keep them from interfering with the process. It would be best if you last had your dog or cat rolling in the baking soda.
Finally, vacuum the mixture and place clean sheets on the bed.
#5. Cleaning Frequency
It would be best if you cleaned your mattress every three months. However, sheets need to be changed far more often than that.
So, turn this into a habit every time you change your sheets, and spray some fabric refresher on the mattress.
This will keep your mattress smelling fresh. While you’re at it, flip your mattress around when you change your sheets as well.
Additional Cleaning Tips
When applying the baking soda mixture to your mattress, you’ll need to handle some basic spot cleaning to deal with blood stains. Mix cold water with salt.
The ideal ratio is two tablespoons of salt for every cup of water. Spray the stain and then blot. You can also use a mixture of hydrogen peroxide and water to get out general stains and even urine.