Whilst we view our bedroom as a private sanctuary where we can relax and unwind after a long day, you may be surprised to learn that your mattress can be a huge breeding ground for bacteria. And when you consider that we spend a third of our lives in bed, that’s a whole host of nasties that you could be sharing your bed with
For that reason, you will need to give your mattress a deep-clean on a regular basis. This means removing all the bedding, linen and pillows and getting rid of the dead skin cells, bacteria and dirt that has built-up over months of sleeping.
In this guide, we’ve shared the three cleaning tips that you can use to remove bacteria and smells from your mattress, as well as the simple maintenance techniques that can keep your mattress in tip-top condition:
Because bacteria from your body and clothing can embed and breed within your mattress, it’s a good idea to vacuum the surface regularly. Not only does this remove bacteria, but it also prevents dust mites from feeding on the flakes of skin that are built-up in your bed over time.
One of the most problematic issues with a mattress is that stains are easily noticed due to their light surface colours. Food, drinks, vomit, urine, blood and sweat can all cause mattress staining and should be quickly removed as soon as they are noticed, by blotting the area with a damp cloth.
If an item containing protein makes a mark, you can remove the mattress stain by rubbing a baking soda, salt and water solution onto the area and brushing it off once dry.
Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon for mattresses to become a bit smelly over time, so you may find it uncomfortable to sleep with the unpleasant odour.
If you spot a strange smell coming from your bed, remove anything on top of the mattress and sift baking powder over the surface. Once the powder has absorbed into the material for 30 minutes, vacuum the surface to remove the smell and neutralise any odours coming from your bed.
Tips for maintaining your mattress
- Flip your mattress regularly: Because repeatedly lying in the same position of your bed can cause pressure spots to develop, you should regularly flip your mattress. This helps to keep the springs tight and allow you to have a more comfortable rest.
- Use a mattress protector: Some manufacturers don’t cover staining under their warranty. For this reason, you may want to use a mattress protector to maintain the surface of your bed. It can also be removed and washed regularly which helps to keep your mattress bacteria free.
Remember that if your mattress becomes too-badly stained or you’ve spotted lumps that are disrupting your sleep, you may want to get a new luxury mattress.
As you can see, it’s not that difficult to keep your mattress clean, and taking proper care of your mattress is essential to getting a great sleep. Once you’ve mastered the perfect sleeping environment and are ready to drift off, we’re confident that a cleaned mattress will make you never want to leave your bed!