A good, fortnightly cleaning of your linens and pillowcases is necessary for getting a good night’s sleep at bedtime. Although this helps to reduce bacteria and microbes, it’s no substitute for a thorough be-yearly deep cleaning of the mattress itself.
Dangers of a Dirty Old Mattress
Disturbing as it may sound, we breathe in a lot of ‘stuff’ while we sleep. Dust mites, body oils, bacteria, fungus, and our very own skin cells accumulate deep within the mattress slowly over time.
Most of us probably don’t want to be breathing in all of this gunk on the nightly, which is why it’s so important to have your mattress deep cleaned no less than twice per year.
Get A Good Night’s Rest with a Deep Cleaned Mattress
The first step towards getting a good night’s rest on a clean mattress is to strip away all linens, pillow, and pillowcases. Toss all of your linens into the washing machine and run it at no less than 60 degrees. This heat setting will actively work to kill off any bacteria and microbes that may have been accumulating inside of the fibres.
Routine Mattress Cleaning Helps Too
Once your mattress is bare, pass over it with a good vacuum cleaner. Ensure the nozzle is sufficient to get into any cracks or crevices along the mattress, and don’t forget any juncture points such as the corners of the boxspring.
After you’ve cleaned off dirt and debris from the surface, you may find stains on the mattress. Sweat, urine, or spills from beverages imbibed months ago can leave behind a nasty streak on the mattress, and they’re sure to attract lots of bacteria.
DIY Mattress Deep Cleaning
To make your own stain and spot remover, simply mix equal parts white vinegar and water into a spray bottle. Add in a pinch of dish soap, a cup of 3% hydrogen peroxide, 1 tbsp of baking soda, and 1 tbsp of powdered laundry detergent.
Once you’ve created your potent concoction, spray it directly on the affected stain areas of the mattress. Allow the solution to sit for 20 minutes and let it do its work. The baking soda and vinegar will scour away at the source of the stain while you wait.
Then, using a sponge, blot at the stain area over and over (don’t scrub and streak the stain) until you notice a difference. Tough stains might be impossible to completely remove, but light stains ought to come out.
Once the stain has been dealt with, sprinkle baking soda on top to deodorize the mattress, allow it to sit for a few minutes, then suck it all up with the vacuum cleaner.
Heavy Duty Disinfection
The aforementioned steps are good for routine cleaning and will help maintain the lifespan of your mattress, but no serious deep cleaning effort is possible without some heavy-duty disinfection.
Garment steamers, carpet cleaners, and other steam equipment, combined with antibacterial spray, will complete the deep clean. This equipment is not always readily available for many homeowners, and the proper use to get at the roots of the mattress’ fibres can be a challenge. That’s why we recommend you let us do the dirty work at Dom Care Cleaning.
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