With kids, you know for certain that the bed is going to get pretty messy, to say the least. There’s spilled food, beverages, puke and even blood that can stain a kid’s mattress, apart from the regular stuff like dirt from muddy shoes. And that is not the best for your kids to sleep of for over 8 hours at night.
It becomes vital to clean the mattress from time to time, if not frequently for most parents. Washable covers are nice, but not many mattresses come equipped with them. What does one do in that case?
Odors are eliminated using linen sprays you can buy from an everyday mart. Don’t go overboard; nobody likes being in the middle of a lavender and citrus farm to sleep. Also, too much humidity can cause the mattress to get mold, and also help bacteria and mites thrive.
As for moisture, like when your child wets the bed, some paper towels or even toilet roll can help you soak up a lot of moisture. It’ll certainly not be as dry as before, and so many prefer mattresses that can be flipped. But if you have a few hours, like if the bedwetting occurs in the morning, then simply pat dry as much as you can, and then sift some baking powder into the mattress over the wet patch. Let it stay for a few hours. And then, use the upholstery tool on the vacuum cleaner with a little pressure and take it out of the area. Some even add essential oils to the baking soda before sifting it in to get rid of odors. You can also do this frequently, like twice a year, to keep mites and bacteria in check, and for all sorts of liquids other than pee (as long as it’s nothing sugary; sugar might require you to wash the area, if not the mattress).
Mattresses are often not washable, except for their covers. You might consider investing in a washable topper, though the remaining mattress will still require you to clean it to be on the safe side.
There are two other ways to clean a mattress. You can clean them like you clean carpets, lay them in the open and beat them with a stick. But mattresses aren’t always as sturdy as carpets. Ask your salesman beforehand if the mattress can be cleaned this way. You’re only hitting to dislodge dust from the fabric, don’t get too aggressive. You might end up with a surprising amount of dirt on the floor afterwards.
The other way is to just let your mattress sit in the sun and enjoy the open fresh air. This is best done in the summer. The hot sun and the dry air kills germs in the mattress as well as a lot of dust mites. This method also gets rid of moisture in the mattress that can otherwise cause germs and mold to thrive. It also removes odors, so it can be a great way to get a new mattress ready to sleep on if you’re not a fan of the formaldehyde smell.
The one thing every parent is scared of: Chemicals!
That said, it is not bad to avoid as many chemicals confirmed to be harmful. Heavy metals like lead and mercury are dangerous, but you probably won’t find them in a lot of mattresses (ask your salesperson). Chemicals like formaldehyde are dangerous as well.
There are trends that are not very conducive to good sleep too, such as organic mattresses made from real cotton wool or sheep wool, or other natural fibres. Even though they might appear fancy, they don’t endure and eventually end up being wholly unwelcoming to sleep on. Avoid them at all costs.