All about your bed: how to deep clean your mattress and pillows
Generally speaking, your bedding is probably washed once a week, maybe every two weeks for the lazier folks!
But, quietly hiding underneath the warmth of your covers, dust mites are crawling into the fibres of your mattress and duvet. Oils, sweat and dirt build up without you even noticing and can turn your bed into a bug’s paradise.
Fun (not so fun) fact: 50% of a ten year old mattress’s weight consists of dust mites and dead skin. Pretty disgusting, huh? It’s quite scary too, as dust mites are a common cause of allergies at home.
So in order to prevent this nightmare scenario from unfolding, we must eradicate the beasts! A proper deep clean needs to be carried out once in a while – approximately twice a year should do the trick.
Let’s start from the beginning and strip your bed from its duvet covers, linens and pillow cases and throw them in the washing machine.
Clean the mattress
Spring cleaning is all about giving your house a big bowl of fresh air so why not make the most of it? If you have a garden, perfect! Take your mattress outside on a bright, sunny day. This will dry out your mattress and remove the excess moisture. Live in an apartment? It is time to open all the windows and leave the room open to the four winds. However, before this, you may have some work to do if you haven’t cleaned your mattress in a while.
1/ Hoover the dust up
Get the big guns out, and use the upholstery tool of your hoover to go over the whole mattress, not forgetting the sides. In addition, you can use a clothes’ steamer to kill the dust mites and repeat the hoovering process.
2/ Stains are not your worst enemies
Have kids? Then accidents at night can happen. But that’s nothing an enzyme based cleaning product can’t deal with. Why not try making your own? Apply it to the mattress with a white cloth and rub it gently. There are probably lots of things around your house to clean all types of stains: hydrogen peroxide works for blood, white vinegar is great for drink stains.
3/ Get rid of odours
Baking soda is basically magic powder. Sprinkle it over your mattress. After a few hours, hoover up what’s left. (It works best if you let it sit overnight)
4/ Final step, spin your mattress around
Spin your mattress from head to toe every 3 months as well as flipping it over seasonally.
Pillow and duvet
Make sure to read the label before doing anything to your pillows and duvet. If you’re unsure about the instructions, take the bedding to the dry cleaner.
- Wash 2 pillows at a time to balance out the weight in the washing machine.
- Use a normal spin setting. 2 rinses are necessary.
- To dry them out, use a dryer on the lowest heat setting with some dry balls, or, even better, grab some strong pegs to hang them outside. Sunlight helps to kill micro-organisms. After this, you will have the best sleep you could have asked for!
- And to keep them fluffy, pop your pillows in the dryer every once in a while!
3 easy tips to help you maintain a clean and fresh bed
The best and easy way to keep your mattress clean is to use a washable cover. It will keep you from having to go through the burden of repeating the arduous cleaning tasks every 3 months. They’ll absorb moisture and prevent the mattress from getting stained.
Swap your duvet twice a year, typically whenever the season changes and the keep the unused one in a separate storage chest so it’s protected from dust and humidity.
We all love our family pets, we just don’t want our clothes or bedding to be covered in their fur. If you want to avoid taking off clumps of hair on your duvet cover, then a Lint roller might be exactly what you’re looking for. Just go over your bed cover every day and your bed will be hair free!