Getting a good night’s sleep is important for your mental and physical health and clean bedding and mattresses are key to ensuring good sleep and good health. Regular and deep sleep is essential to learning, memory, and overall health, while poor sleep can lead to a greater risk for chronic disease, as well as impaired judgment and reaction time.
How to Clean Your Mattress
A clean and comfortable mattress is essential for a good night’s sleep. While stains, odours, and dust mites are inevitable consequences of daily mattress use, regular cleaning can help to minimise these discomforts.
To keep your mattress clean, follow these 3 essential tips:
- Vacuum both sides of your mattress about once a month. Vacuuming your mattress helps to remove dust and dust mites, which can cause allergic reactions and irritation.
- If possible, air your mattress every few months by placing it outside in a sunny spot. This will prevent any accumulating moisture that can lead to mould, and will also banish any lingering odours.
- You can also air your mattress when changing the sheets and bedding. After removing the sheets, wait for a few minutes to let your mattress breathe. Ideally, open a window to let in fresh air and sunlight.
How to Clean Stains on a Mattress
Cleaning stains off your mattress may seem like an unpleasant task, but here are some tips that will help you clean a variety of stains. Be sure to check any instructions on your mattress tags – including any wash symbols – before you begin, and do not apply too much water or mattress stain remover to your mattress.
- For simple or unidentified stains, clean your mattress with a citrus cleanser or diluted dish detergent. Spray the cleanser and let it sit for five or ten minutes. Blot the mattress repeatedly to remove excess liquid, and remember not to apply too much water.
- For blood or urine stains, first, try applying a small amount of hydrogen peroxide to the affected area. Blot the stained area with a clean cloth just after application. If this does not work, apply a small amount of laundry detergent directly onto the stain. This will help break up the proteins found in bodily fluids. Brush the spot vigorously. Remember to clean bloodstains with cold water only, as hot liquids will set these stains for good. (This article on getting rid of period stains – a common cause of blood on your bedding – has some more useful advice on how to get blood out of sheets.)
- For particularly stubborn stains, try applying baking soda after detergent. Let the baking soda set, perhaps overnight, and vacuum the area the next day.
Top Tips for Cleaning Bedding, Bedspreads & Sheets
Cleaning bedding is usually as easy as washing your clothes, though it is important to pay careful attention to the wash symbols on your blankets, sheets, and pillowcases to make sure that you don’t shrink, stain, or damage your bedding. Remember to wash your sheets and pillowcases about once a week, and your duvet or blanket about once a month.
- In general, it is a good idea to pre-treat spots or stains on your bedding with spot cleaners before throwing them in the wash. Simply spray the soiled area with a stain remover and allow to sit for about 5 to 10 minutes before you begin your wash.
- Be sure to follow the wash symbols on your bedding.
- Consider washing your bedding with a detergent specifically designed for sensitive skin if you or any of your family members have allergies or sensitive skin. For example, you could try an unscented laundry detergent that’s gentle on skin and fabrics.
- Do not wash your sheets in hot water, as this will set any stains that have not yet been removed.
- For duvets, quilts, and comforters, remember to wash them in a machine large enough to provide plenty of space for movement. This may mean that you will have to find somewhere else to wash these large items!
A good sleeping environment could mean a better night’s sleep – give these tips a try, and sleep soundly with fresh, fragrant bedding and a clean mattress.