How to Clean Your MattressFor a good nights sleep and good health it is essential that your mattress is kept clean. Why clean your mattress?
Better environmental hygiene improves your health. According to Environmental Protection Agency 50% of all illnesses are aggravated by polluted indoor air.
The number 1 source of this pollution is the dust mite. They are microscopic eight legged arachnids, are invisible to the human eye (0.3 mm in length) and can crawl through bedding fabrics and feed off the skin particles we shed as we are lying in bed.
For allergy sufferers the bedroom is the primary source of dust mite exposure in the home. About 60% of mites are found in the mattress as we spend on average 8 hours of every day in bed.
To control the dust mite allergens, the mattress should be regularly cleaned at least every 6 months. Here are simple instructions to keep your mattress clean
1. Purchase a mattress protector
2. Turn your mattress over
3. Vacuum your mattress to remove dust
Dust mites can live even in a clean mattress. When removing your cover or turning over your mattresses always vacuum thoroughly both sides, using your vacuum upholstery attachment.
4. Cleaning your mattress if it becomes dirty
You can also use warm water with a mild detergent. Apply suds only to the affected area. Then use clean warm water on a sponge wiping the suds and keep doing until the stain is no longer visible. Afterwards you can dry the affected area using a hairdryer or if it is a hot and sunny day you can place the mattress out in the sun to dry.
5. Airing and vacuuming
When you sleep your body sweat combined with the dead skin provides a great environment for the proliferation of dust mites. Airing of your mattress each morning for a few hours and periodic vacuuming each month will help to keep your mattress aerated and help to minimise any health risks.