Spring Cleaning: Tips for Cleaning Your Bed
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Are you struggling to sleep at night? Do you wake up repeatedly, or find yourself tossing and turning during the night rather than getting the rest you need? Difficulty sleeping can have a number of causes, and one of them could be the cleanliness of your room and your bed. With spring upon us, this is a great time for some spring cleaning, so take the opportunity to freshen up your bedroom, and clean your bed.
Why Is a Clean Mattress Important?
Have you ever thought about how clean your mattress is? Many of us never give a second thought to the cleanliness of our mattresses, and don’t realize a clean bed is an important part of sleep hygiene, or the habits we have developed around sleeping. Washing your sheets regularly is just the beginning of having a clean mattress that will help you get the sleep you deserve. Not only do dry skin flakes, sweat, and dust particles stick to your sheets, they also penetrate through the sheet or mattress cover, and collect in the mattress. Taking the time this spring to clean your mattress will help you protect the investment you made in a quality bed, and even help you sleep more soundly at night.
Break Out the Vacuum Cleaner
One of the easiest ways to clean your mattress is with a good vacuuming. Next time you change the sheets, take the upholstery attachment of your vacuum cleaner, press it firmly into the mattress, and give the top and sides of your mattress a thorough vacuuming. Dirt, dust, and old skin trapped deep in your mattress will get whisked away, leaving you with a cleaner bed. Make sure you vacuum all the seams and edges using the crevice attachment on your vacuum cleaner to get rid of dirt caught in the corners.
Flip the Mattress
After you’ve vacuumed your mattress, wipe down the bed frame, get rid of any accumulated dust, and flip the mattress and rotate the box springs. This will ensure that no lumps of hollows will form in the bed, and that the mattress will wear evenly.
Does your mattress have any unsightly stains from that time you spilled coffee in bed, or when your child wet the bed? Getting stains out of the mattress is an important part of cleaning your bed, so take the time to clean in thoroughly. To get stains out of a mattress, use a mix of hydrogen peroxide, liquid dish soap, and baking soda, and rub the mixture on the stain. Take a clean rag to blot the area clean. You can also try using lemon juice and salt, make a paste, and leave it sit on the stain for an hour before cleaning.
If your mattress has an odor, sprinkle baking soda over the entire mattress and leave it sit for the rest of the day. Vacuum your mattress in the evening, and you’ll be amazed at how fresh your mattress smells.
Invest in a Mattress Protector
As the name suggests, a mattress protector protects your mattress from getting dirty. It will create a barrier between your skin and the mattress, and protect you from dust mites, the tiny bugs that feed on the dead skin cells we shed each and every day. Get a mattress protector that’s machine washable, and wash it from time to time when you’re changing your sheets.
Keeping it Cool
A good sleep hygiene habit that will help you sleep and keep your mattress clean is to lower the temperature of your bedroom. A lower temperature will make it easier to fall asleep and sleep soundly, reduce the amount you sweat at night, and make it harder for dust mites to survive.
Sound Sleep Medical
Have you been struggling to sleep at night? Follow these tips and clean your bed for a better sleep. Then visit us at Sound Sleep Medical, where our team will work with you to find out why you’re not sleeping. We’ll talk about your sleep habits, look at your sleep hygiene, and test for any sleep disorders you might have, such as sleep apnea. Let us help you get the sleep you deserve, and wake up every morning feeling refreshed.