You spend a large amount of your time on this Earth sleeping. A good night’s sleep is absolutely essential for your physical and mental well being. Without rest your life becomes much more difficult. Those who don’t sleep well are subject to a wide variety of ailments.
One of the most important contributors to a good night’s rest is a comfortable mattress. Of course buying a good quality mattress is the first step – but keeping that mattress in tip top condition is just as important. As mattresses age they require much more upkeep, including keeping them clean and hygienic(free of dust mites). Mattresses need a bit more care than other items in your house. Of course the mattress is far to large to fit in a normal or even industrial sized washing machine so you need to clean the mattress in your own home.
First up: Give each side of the mattress a good vacuum
Obviously the more powerful the vacuum is the better. If you think you may have dust mites, a good trick is to cover the mattress with baking soda, which you can add a few drops of an essential oil to first. Leave to settle for around 15 minutes, then simply vacuum off. Its always best to use a Hepa style vacuum in these cases to avoid spreading the mites around and is far more effective.
Next take a good long look at the mattress to identify any stains that are on the surface of the mattress. These stains may be from a number of causes, such as spilled food or drink. The first step in getting rid of these stains is a dilute solution of water and lemon juice. this approach is especially useful if you cannot identify what has caused the stain. In other words this is a good all purpose stain removal technique. Using a spray bottle gently blot at the stain.
This should bring the stain to the surface and allow you to wipe it away. Don’t rub at the stain, all that will happen is that the stain will become more ingrained. If you don’t have lemon juice then an all purpose detergent is a good substitute.
One of the most challenging types of stains to remove is blood. To remove blood stains a dilute mixture of water and hydrogen peroxide is recommended. Simply spray this on to the stain and wait for it to start bubbling. Once again blot this up with a clean absorbent cloth. be careful not do repeat this too often as peroxide will eventually destroy the material covering the mattress.
If the blood stain remains (which is the case more times than not) you can use meat tenderizer mixed with a bit of water. This will break down the proteins in the blood and make the stain easier to deal with.
In order to revitalize your mattress and remove odor, Lysol spray is an absolute necessity. You’re going to have to use two of the bigger cans and spray one side of the mattress and then the other. This is the first step in removing unpleasant odors.
The second step is the ever reliable Febreze. Follow the instructions on the container and treat both sides of the mattress. Allow to dry before placing any mattress cover back on to the mattress. If you can allow the mattress to dry outdoors.
The idea of taking your mattress for an outdoor airing is not a new one, but it is still one of the most effective ways of getting rid of mold and mildew. If you are able to leave the mattress outdoors for a couple of hours then do it. Allow the mattress to dry our and then wipe it down with a solution of Lysol. Once this has dried then use fresh water for a final wipe down and allow the sun to do the rest of the work.
Your mattress is one of the most important contributing factors to enjoying a happy and healthy lifestyle – don’t wait years before cleaning it. Ideally this should be an annual exercise.