Ever crawled into bed at the end of the day and felt something was terribly wrong? Mattresses aren’t as solid as they seem. They’re prone to a thousand forms on dirt, grime and even pests creeping inside the plush foam. Even if you’re pedantic with your hygiene and don’t have other people or pets sleeping on the mattress with you often, pretty much none of the unwanted stuff can be avoided.
Why Clean Your Mattress?
Mattresses infested with germs and mites are not the best places to sleep. Bacteria, mould and fungi can get you infections, and needless runs to the doctor. Dust mites too can trigger rhinitis and asthma. But it is not just health that is a reason you should clean your mattress. A damp, smelly mattress (as all mattresses tend to become) produces a lower comfort level on bed. Affected sleep can lower your performance in school, at work and in social life. Of the other hand, a nice smelling, comfortable and healthy mattress gets you a sound sleep, which helps your brain perform better at all sorts of tasks. If you’re unamused that you’ll have to hire a cleaning agency, then you’re in luck, because you don’t. If you own some basic kitchen supplies, you’re good to go. Here are 5 mattress cleaning methods to try out.
Method 1# – Sprinkle some Baking Soda
Baking Soda is a great household chemical that dries things. It also causes grief to pests and insects. Take a few tablespoons of baking soda depending on the size of your mattress. Take off all bedsheets and pillow cases, and dust it lavishly over the surface using a kitchen strainer. Let it sit for an hour or more, and then vacuum it out, taking time to cover each inch of the mattress. You can add a few drops of fragrant oils into the powder before sprinkling it too, to have a nice smell afterwards.
Method 2# – Hit out the dirt
If you can get an open area (like a lawn), there is no better idea than to air out the mattress in the hot summer breeze. But to take it a step further, get a formidable stick, and whack the mattress. You should see a lot of dust coming out with each hit, and you can be sure there’s plenty of mite coming out too. This traditional method has been employed right since the days of cotton spring mattresses. However, some modern mattresses might not be covered in their warranties if this is regarded as rough use by the company. Make sure to also check with the local authorities, since some might regard this as littering or something of that sort.
Method 3# -Sunning
Mould is pretty much the death of a mattress. Mould travels via spores, which are virtually impossible to contain once they make their way into your apartment. However, they can be avoided by regularly sunning the mattress. Mould finds it virtually impossible to grow where the sun shines. So make sure to lay your mattresses upside down on your balcony a few hours each month. It rids your mattress of many more germs as well, and gets moisture and damp smells out.
Method 4# – Use pest repellent fragrances/oils
Using a mild pesticide usually does the trick when you want to keep the creepy crawlies away. However, since you’re going to be spending 8 hours on the mattress on an average night, it is probably a good idea to keep away from synthetic smells that can not just cause you to lose sleep, but even fall ill. There are quite a few fragrances in the natural world that the common pest just can’t tolerate. Citronella oil is great to keep mosquitoes away, but it can also keep other insects and bugs far from you. If you’re fond of eating in bed, you know you cannot get all the crumbs out, unless you have a special table for bed. So if you’re bothered about ants showing up, take a small spray bottle and put some white vinegar in it. Spray it lightly over the bed every few days (don’t overdo it unless you want your bedroom to reek), and the ants should keep right off. You can even put a few pieces of camphor under the mattress. Bugs hate camphor too.
Method 5# -Airtight with plastic
Not everybody loves to do this. But if you have a baby who sleeps on the same mattress as you, or if you’re prone to bed wetting yourself (for example, after a surgery), then this could save you a lot of trouble. Airtighting the entire mattress with a layer of plastic makes it impossible for bugs and mites to thrive in the mattress coir or foam. Bacteria too aren’t very comfortable cut off from the fresh air and moisture. If you’re not very comfortable sleeping on the slippery surface, use a bed topper. A cheap memory foam topper can even add some additional support to your mattress. If the mattress gets wet in the middle of the day, you can just flip it, or take it off, depending on the thickness and your preference. Toppers, being usually thinner than the average mattress, are also easier and quicker to dry, sun and lay back in place. You can get the pee smell out with some vinegar, after dusting with baking soda like we told in the first step. A clean and fresh mattress might not be on the top of your priority list. But it definitely deserves a prominent place if you value sleep and recreation. A good night’s rest can get you performing better at work or school, be more active throughout the day and feel happier and more content. There’s nothing to lose, and everything to gain. Which method are you going to adopt?