6 Tips To Clean A Mattress
Though most of us would choose to believe our sheets are as impenetrable as casino vaults, locking out culprits like stains, dirt and debris, the truth is that our mattresses mop up their fair share of filth. Although mattresses should last about seven years, many mattresses waste away due to poor upkeep. The life of your mattress can be extended with regular maintenance and preserved by preventative methods. Help your mattress last as long as it should with these mattress cleaning tips.
Your Mattress Cleaning Toolkit
Your vacuum cleaner is ideal for removing day-to-day dust and dirt. Many models come with attachments for fitting into hard-to-reach spaces and maneuvering around awkward shapes. Make sure your vacuum is free of debris before operating it on your sleeping surface to avoid adding to the mess.
Likely sitting in your cupboard waiting to be put to use, this versatile kitchen commodity helps get rid of odors naturally, providing a clean, fresh base for future wear. Sprinkle a cup of baking soda evenly over the surface of your mattress, allow it to sit for 30 minutes to an hour, then roll out your handy vacuum to suck up what remains. Add a few drops of lavender oil in the process to freshen the scent of your mattress and rejuvenate your entire room.
Parents may have already explored the secrets of this powerful agent in cleaning their child's toys or play area, but hydrogen peroxide also works as a stain remover. Apply the hydrogen peroxide to the blemished area, and then use a clean, white cloth to dab at the stain. Blot repeatedly until the stain is removed, then carefully dry the area completely with a clean towel.
Flip and Rotate
Not only does flipping and rotating your mattress help to evenly distribute wear, it also helps evenly distribute day-to-day debris. Get into the habit of flipping or rotating your mattress once every season, and use this general timeline as a reminder to give it a thorough cleaning as well.
Protect During Transportation
Whether moving across the country or across the hall, it is prudent to keep your mattress out of harm's way. Major stains and damage can occur during outdoor and indoor transportation. It is always a good idea to cover your mattress completely before moving it, to clear the floor of dirt and junk, and also prepare a safe place to prop it up if your bed frame is not yet in place.
Invest in a Mattress Pad
Frequently advised by mattress professionals, a good mattress pad protects your mattress from many of the stains, spills and harmful build-up caused by daily use. Most would agree that washing it along with your sheets on a regular basis is much easier than pulling out the vacuum and baking soda. Additionally, a thick, cozy mattress pad provides an entirely new dimension of comfort for your sleeping surface.
Habits are as difficult to break as they are to learn, but staying disciplined in how we care for the items we use on a daily basis can help extend their use, reducing future hassles.
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