It is no double that a good night’s sleep is extremely crucial for both mental and physical health, and a clean bed is a key to fall into sleep easily as well as having good health. According to a study by the Division of Sleep Medicine at Harvard Medical School, deep and steady rest is good for not only learning, memory but also the robust body. Meanwhile, sleep deprivation can lead to higher risk of chronic illnesses, as well as degrade the assessment time and response of the body to external influences.
Therefore, it is not surprising to say that cleaning the blanket and pillow, especially your mattress may significantly affect the quality of your life. Here are some basic reasons why we should keep the bed clean as well as some useful tips which give you advice on how to clean a mattress in different cases of stains.
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MATTRESS SPOT CLEANING & STAIN REMOVAL
While stains on a mattress may sound a little ludicrous for adults, believe it or not, they happen more frequently than you would expect. Maybe you have kids or a dog. Or better yet, maybe you enjoy eating / drinking in bed and end up spilling your tasty glass of wine all over you $1,000 mattress. Now what? Here’s what you don’t do, forget about it. Your mattress is more than likely going to be with you for at least 8-12 years. It’s time to take care of those stains that you never thought were possible.
Steps for Mattress Stain Removal
- Remove linens and soak up the excess liquid
- Lightly mist the stain with an enzymatic cleaner (often used for pet messes)
- Gently blot the stain (don’t harshly scrub)
- For blood, repeat these steps using hydrogen peroxide instead of an enzymatic cleaner
First and foremost, natural stains such as urine or sexual fluids. Maybe your little one has been sleeping with you lately and he / she had an accident while sleeping. If you catch the accident as it’s occurring, your first step should be to remove all linens and toss them into the washer (pending they’re machine washer friendly). Next up, if there’s any liquid that made its way through the sheets, grab a towel or paper towels and soak up as much of the remaining liquid as possible.
Now that there is just a stain, the best removal product is any enzymatic cleaner. Pet mess cleaners are typically enzymatic. If you don’t have pets, a laundry pre-treat product will suffice Before you dive into cleaning your stain, test the cleaner you have on an inconspicuous area of the mattress first. This will verify it’s not going to discolor or otherwise damage your mattress before you use it on the stain.
Lightly mist the area you’re intending to clean and give it a gentle blot. Repeat this process until the stain has been removed and wait to remake your bed until the mattress has completely dried. Additionally, do not excessively soak the mattress with whatever product you use. Soaking the mattress will take a very long time to dry and you may end up with a bigger problem than you initially started with (moisture + mattress = trouble).
Now, with blood we will want to avoid using an enzymatic cleaner. The most well known blood removal product is hydrogen peroxide, but there are several other products that will do the trick as well. Repeat the same process as you would have for urine, sexual fluids, or simple stains.
MATTRESS MOLD REMOVAL
Mold is one of the most common substances that sleepers are unaware of. A moldy mattress can be a dangerous situation that I recommend taking care of as soon as possible. If the mold is new and isolated to the surface of the mattress you may be able to effectively clean and remove it. However, mold is tough to get rid of. If the mold has penetrated the mattress (especially foam) I would highly recommend simply replacing the mattress. Sleeping on a moldy mattress can be detrimental to your health and potentially life threatening. Don’t risk it, replace the mattress.
With that said, mattress replacement isn’t always an option. If you cannot replace your mattress use the following steps to remove the mold.
MATTRESS CLEANING PRODUCTS FOR MOLD REMOVAL
- Rubbing alcohol
- White vinegar
The best of these 4 options is most definitely Lysol. The ability to spray the mold spores allows for deeper penetration that could do more damage to the spores than using a rag or sponge with the other products. Granted if you’re not a fan of Lysol, the other products are good resources as well. When using rubbing alcohol, bleach, or white vinegar you should start by pouring about half of a cup (of your selected product) into a bowl. Take a dry sponge or rag and dip it into the bowl, allowing for full absorption. Next up, wring out the sponge or rag.
Your goal during this process should be to leave enough product on the sponge or rag so that you can kill the mold spores, but not so much that you will soak the mattress. Finally, work the product in a circular motion, repeating the previous steps until the mold is gone. Vacuum up the area you treated and once again, allow your mattress to dry completely before making your bed.
MATTRESS ODOR ELIMINATION
Having completed the previous two treatments, there is a small chance of any lingering odor. That said, it’s very possible that an odor could pop up from a separate issue entirely. If this is the case, we know just what to do. Perhaps you sweat during sleep or have a stinky four legged friend that enjoys sleeping on your mattress.
MATTRESS SMELL ELIMINATION METHODS
- Air out your mattress
- Sprinkle baking soda and vacuum
- Household deodorizers
The first solution would be to air out your mattress. Meaning, literally take your mattress outside and let the fresh air take its toll on your mattress. Although, not everyone has the ability to take their mattress outside. If that’s the case, another good option is to completely strip your mattress of all linens and sprinkle baking soda across the cover. After allowing the baking soda to sit (15-60 minutes) you can vacuum it up and enjoy your freshly scented mattress.
There are also some companies that make scented household deodorizers and are safe for mattresses. These products will serve the same role as baking soda. Lastly, you can resort back to Lysol. Once again, Lysol will kill the root cause and help return your mattress back to its odorless self.
MATTRESS DUST MITE & DIRT PREVENTION
Dust mites and dirt might seem a little far fetched for most people, but this is a common problem that sleepers tend to realize after it’s too late. Our skin cells are replacing themselves almost every day, which means the dead ones have to dispose of themselves at some point. Typically, these dead skin cells do a great job of releasing themselves into the comfort of our mattresses. Most of the time these skin cells travel with dirt attached to them, meaning our mattress now contains dirty old skin cells.
Or worse yet, maybe you were exhausted after a long day at work or the gym and fell asleep before showering? This is the perfect way to accumulate unwanted dirt and more importantly, dust mites. How can we prevent them? How do we know if they’re even in our presence? How do we get rid of them? These three questions highlight the main focus of these disgusting little pests.
METHODS USED TO PREVENT DUST MITES & DIRT
- Cooler household temperatures
- Consistently washing your sheets
- Mattress / pillow protectors
- Steam clean your mattress
- Change your air filter / use air purifiers
First things first, preventing dust mites can be a tough task, but it is definitely possible. Dust mites have been known to survive with temperatures over 70 degrees Fahrenheit. If you have the ability to keep your living space cooler than this, you’ll be in a good position to prevent these little critters. Next, constantly washing your sheets and cleaning your mattress is another excellent way to prevent them.
Yet, the most effective way to prevent dust mites is to use a mattress / pillow protector. By doing so, the dust mites aren’t able to live on your bedroom accessories (with ease).
There are a few symptoms we can experience that help make us aware of dust mites: runny nose, facial pain or pressure, itchy or red eyes, and several others. Basically, the symptoms are similar to that of a head cold, but occur more frequently than you would expect. Now, the big question…how do we get rid of dust mites? Well, getting rid of them is actually a similar process as preventing them.
Wash your sheets frequently with very hot water, steam clean your mattress if you’re able to, use air purifiers, and change your air filter. All of these solutions can be combined, or done individually on frequent occasions.
Dust mites will try and try again to remain in your house and near your mattress / pillows. If you pay attention to prevention and cleaning tactics, you can rest assured knowing you’re not being affected by these critters.
Top 4 Main Causes Why It Is Good To Preserve Your Mattress
Keep your mattress clean
The fact is that we all sweat at night and we all produce oil from our skin. Besides that, all of us also have dead skin cells as well. In addition, there are other activities that can create a damp stain on your mattress such as accidentally spilling water onto it or bed-wetting from your baby, and so on. All this can be absorbed by your body whenever lying on them either in the short or long time.
Moreover, once a little water attached to the mattress, it is almost impossible to remove or even difficult to completely clean it off any kind of mattress. This is the main cause why we should combine it with bed sheets. Because this will prevent a lot of smudges and stains, as well as sweat on your bed. Thus, the cleaning will be easier than ever thanks to a bedspread which can be removed and cleaned.
Keep the mattress “new”
With a mattress without a stain, we will get the feeling of a brand-new one, which is the second reason out of the four reasons mentioned. In the worst case, the sweat (or any food or drink) comes in contact with the side of the mattress, and then the sponge in the mattress will absorb them very quickly. The consequence is to shorten the life of the mattress, which makes the user uncomfortable.
Even if only a small amount of liquid penetrates the surface of the mattress, after several years of use, you need to replace it more quickly without any measure to save your mattress.
Prevent allergies and dust
One obvious thing is that you use the mattress every day. Hence, in addition to routine washing, you should also take it out to dry as well.
Not anyone knows that dust allergies are very common and can lead to health problems like sneezing, runny nose, wheezing, and shortness of breath. One of the reasons is that dirt and dead skin cells will stick to your mattress if you do not use a mattress cover for protection.
Help to ensure the warranty conditions
Warranty policy is very important because the period of use of each mattress is quite long, so the warranty can support you during the process of repairing or returning the product. However, the warranty conditions of each brand are not the same, and most requirements are very strict while using. In fact, no one accepts a warranty if the product is damaged by the user instead of the manufacturer’s fault. The bad thing is that only one stain will invalidate the warranty.
Some Tips For Cleaning A Mattress
A clean and comfortable product is an ideal for good sleep. So, if stains, unpleasant smells, and dust are the consequence of using the daily mattress, frequent cleaning of it could minimize, even eliminate these hard problems.
We make sure that you will find it difficult to clean the stain on the blankets, pillows, especially thick mattress. As a result, today we will introduce some methods for dealing with a wide range of stains that you can refer to. Besides, you can completely apply for tips wash pillow in some cases.
Before you start, make sure you check out any instructions on your mattress including the laundry symbols as well as do not use too much water or any chemicals to remove stains from it.
- For common or unexplained stains, you should clean the mattress with the detergent that contains a composition of citrus essences. Furthermore, you can also you can dilute the chemical in water with a little dishwashing liquid. Then, you spray the solution on the stain and wait for 5 to 10 minutes. Finally, you use cotton to absorb all the liquid from the mattress and remember not to use too much water.
- For blood stains or urine, first of all, you try to pour some of the oxygenated water into the dirty area. Then, soak up the stain with a clean cloth immediately afterward. If the results are not as expected, you can pour a little washing water directly onto the stain. This will help break down the protein structure in the hard stain. Next, try rubbing it and wait for the result. Remember to wash the blood stains in cold water because the hot water will make the stain more firmly.
- For special hard stains, you should try baking soda, after washing with soap. You also wait a night for the baking soda to soak and then using a vacuum cleaner to suck up the dirt in the next day.
To sum up, cleaning mattress is not easy as washing clothes. Therefore, you need to pay particular attention to the laundry signs on the blankets, bed sheets or pillowcases to ensure that they do not shrink or dirty your bedding. Lastly, you should keep in mind to wash the bed cover and pillow at least once a week, the blankets and mattress once a month.