Your mattress and bed base form the pillar to good sleep. Sleeping in a dirty bed may be extremely detrimental to your health. Therefore, follow our top tips on how to properly clean and care for your mattress and bed base.
Right from the beginning, follow precaution instead of cure. By purchasing a quality mattress protector, you’ll ensure the lifetime of your mattress to be much longer. By adding one more item to your bedding laundry, you’ll be adding years to your precious new mattress.
Even if your current mattress isn’t in it’s new, pristine state, you’ll still benefit from a mattress protector to prevent further staining.
In addition to protection against stains, proper support is also essential. Providing your mattress with a sturdy, supportive base will prevent any premature sagging. This way, you’ll be able to enjoy the benefits of a supportive mattress for years to come!
Sleeping on the same spot on your mattress, night in and night out can leave body indentations after a while. These indentations are bad for your back, as your mattress can’t support your spine into straight alignment anymore.
However, solving this is quite simple. Most mattresses can be rotated regularly. This shifts the pressure to different spots on your mattress and prevents indentation.
Additionally, some mattresses can be flipped to prevent indentation. However, pillow top and some newer mattresses aren’t designed to do this, so check with your manufacturer before you venture out to flip and rotate your bed. Curious to know more? Have a look at our in-depth explanation here.
Cleaning your mattress can mean a lot of different things. Firstly, it can entail getting rid of accumulated dust. Alternatively, cleaning can be the removal of a stain. Then there are bed-wetting stains to keep in the ‘cleaning your mattress’ category. Lastly, we need to cater for cleaning a mattress from everyday problems such as mould and mildew.
To rid your bed of everyday dirt like accumulated dust and odours, follow these simple steps.
Follow this ritual every two months, or when you notice an odour around your mattress.
In addition to vacuuming and adding bicarb of soda to your mattress, make sure you ventilate it daily. Open the windows and let the fresh air flow through your mattress and bed base. This will prevent any mould and mildew growth.
Furthermore, place your mattress out in the sun every now and then. The sun acts as a natural anti-microbial agent that rids your mattress of microorganisms and mould.
For general stain removals, apply a gentle cleanser such as a mixture of laundry detergent and water. Remember to apply this mixture sparingly, as you do not want to soak your mattress. Let it sit for a few minutes and blot with a damp towel.
Alternatively, apply a paste of baking soda and laundry detergent to a stubborn stain. Let the paste dry, and brush or vacuum off.
Lastly, for a dried blood stain, utilising hydrogen peroxide would be your best bet. Hydrogen peroxide is a weak bleaching agent, so do a patch test on a small inconspicuous area first, to prevent colour change.
To clean the stain, spray a little bit of cold water on the stain. Mix hydrogen peroxide, salt and a little bit of laundry detergent into a paste. Apply the paste onto the stain, and let dry. Vacuum once dry. Repeat this process if necessary.
Lastly, after ridding your mattress of a stain, let it air out in the sun for a few hours. Remember to keep an eye out for the rain to prevent your mattress from getting soaked.
Cleaning your base is an essential step in ensuring its longevity. A well cared for bed base will not only ensure a sturdy support for your mattress but also serve as a beautiful bedroom aesthetic.
To clean your bed base, make use of the following two solutions:
Mix all ingredients in a spray bottle, shake well before use.
Mix in a spray bottle. Shake well before each spray to ensure the water and oil mixes.
Most furniture is covered in some type of finish. This finish can be affected by some cleaning agents, no matter how mild. Therefore, when cleaning any bed base, remember to do a patch test on a small inconspicuous area first.
Wood is a natural element that needs to be cared for regularly and specifically. Among regular dusting and wiping down you’ll need to provide it with nutrients as well. This will ensure that your bed frame stays new and beautiful throughout the years.
Follow these directions to care for your wooden bed base.
Additionally, keep an eye out for chips and scratches in the wood itself. Splinters can scratch and injure a sleeper or mattress. Therefore, sand down any chips and splinters. If necessary, fill any gaps with wood filler and cover with a matching finish. Additionally, to ensure optimal structural longevity, inspect all screws, nuts and bolts regularly.
A steel bed frame has only one major enemy: rust. Luckily, this cause can be prevented easily – avoid water at all costs.
However, any bed frame becomes dirty over time as we touch it with our dirty hands. Therefore, water cannot be avoided all the time.
Wipe down your steel bed frame once a week with the borax cleaning solution. After cleaning, dry down every nook and cranny of your bed frame with a towel. This will prevent the formation of rust.
Additionally, if you notice any squeaking in your bed frame, apply lubricating oil to the affected part.
These bases need different cleaning aids than simple borax or tea tree solution. Most box spring bases are covered in polyester fabric. Since there is fabric involved, you’ll need a fabric cleanser. However, the fabric on an upholstered bed base is stuck to it as on any standard couch. Therefore, you’ll have to clean the base fabric right there, on the base itself.
To start, mix the following solution in a spray bottle:
Shake well before use.
As prevention and cure, protect your base with a cover. This will hide any unsightly stains, as well as prevent future ones from happening. Additionally, you can marvel in the joy of having a base in the colour of your choice!
Now, enjoy sleeping on a new, fresh bed after following these instructions and guidelines on how to clean and care for your mattress and bed base. Find all the best free tips and tricks for mattress maintenance and bedroom hygiene with our informative blog series.
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