Having a good night sleep is mandatory for the health of your body and mind. It allows you to relax, rest, and have enough energy to face a new hectic day at work. However, a good night sleep is not only offered by a warm and cozy bed or a good mattress but also by the air you breathe and how clean your sheets and mattress are.
Mattresses can attract numerous bacteria, mold spores, and dust which could lead to serious health problems, including asthma or allergies. Therefore, you need to carefully clean the bed and the sheets you sleep on. And if you have any trouble finding the best tips on how to do that, here is what we suggest.
Strip the bed
The first thing you need to do to make sure you clean your bed correctly is to take off everything on it. From pillows to decorations, blankets, and sheets, everything must disappear. The cover of the mattress should be taken off, as well, to provide a thorough cleaning.
Before putting everything into the washing machine, you should check the cleaning and washing instructions. Some sheets made of silk or polyester may require a milder cleaning process, while cotton sheets might shrink if they are washed at high temperatures.
Either way, one thing is for sure – everything goes in the washing machine at least once a month or everything sooner. Sheets may require changing every two-three weeks, depending on how fast they get dirty.
After removing the sheets, the pillows, and the covers, the mattress needs to be carefully vacuumed. We suggest using a hand steamer or a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filtration system to absorb even the smallest particles of dust and mold spores that could cause allergies or respiratory problems.
A thorough vacuuming is done using the cleaner’s upholstery attachment and going one inch at a time. It is a job that requires patience, but it is also the best way to ensure you sleep in a healthy environment.
However, since the cleaning process will take you at least one hour, we suggest you do this every couple of months, while the pillows, covers, and sheets should be washed and steamed more often.
Deal with the smells
Even though we don’t usually notice our body smells, both the sheets and the mattress may be damaged by our odors and sweat. And, while there are plenty of chemical substances that can help you get rid of that, we suggest trying a more natural method.
Baking soda is your best friend as this ingredient will help you quickly get rid of bad smells, germs, and bacteria on your bed. All you need to do is sprinkle some baking soda on the surface of the mattress using a scrub brush and rub it until it gets into the fabric.
Wait about 10-15 minutes before using the vacuum again to clean the excess amount. You’ll not only notice that the odors are gone, but your mattress will feel fresher and cleaner too.
You can use the 15 minutes of break to relax or practice your favorite yoga poses using a yoga swing. This will definitely help you stretch out your muscles and spine in order to get a good night sleep.
Don’t forget the other side of the mattress
Most mattresses come with two different sides, so you can stay warm in winter and cold and dry in the summertime. However, we suggest flipping the mattress three-four times a year to get a thorough cleaning on both sides. Repeat the previous steps to deal with stains, sweat, dirt or dust.
A washable mattress cover could be more convenient to take off and clean, but dust, dirt, and debris can still form on the mattress, so flipping it a few times per year will ensure you an allergy-free bedroom.
Cleaning the entire bed
Your bed is not only made of the mattress and its covers, sheets or pillows. It also refers to the wooden or metal structure of it that needs to be kept clean as well.
Metal and stainless steel don’t require a special care regimen, but wood might gather dust and bacteria in time. Thus, we suggest taking the mattress off and using special woodcare cleaning solutions to keep the frame of the bed clean and fresh.