People regularly wash their sheets and pillow cases, or so we hope! But cleaning the mattress pad is something that most people tend to forget about. It is true that the mattress doesn’t get into direct contact with your body but this doesn’t mean that it is not subject to getting dirty with dust or sweat.
You might be using a mattress protector to better keep your mattress clean and healthy as it will protect your mattress from dust and bodily fluids. You can also find the best waterproof mattress protectors to avoid staining your mattress.
Cleaning your mattress pad is something that you should do at least every other month. If you have a child or a pet you might need to do this more often. There are a few tips that you can take into consideration if you are planning to clean your mattress pad or protector. In this article we highlight a few:
Cleaning the mattress protector
Mattress protectors are meant to keep your mattresses clean and healthy for years of use and good night sleep. They are usually washable and safe to dry in the drier. You need to use a mild fabric with cold or hot water, depending on laundry instructions printed on your mattress protector. Waterproof mattress protectors are totally different. Washing them in the wrong way can damage their waterproof qualities. Although they are generally machine wash safe, you must be careful not to use a fabric softener or bleach. Let your waterproof mattress protector air dry or dry it in the drier at low heat. Do not have it dry cleaned as you might rip off the waterproof qualities.
Vacuuming the mattress pad
It is the easiest way to clean your mattress pad and the most hassle free, too. You just use the vacuum to clear away allergy-causing dust as well debris and dead skin cells that are so minute to be seen with the naked eye. Clean the attachment first, as you will not be putting the one you use to pick up dust off the floor on your mattress.
Using baking soda
Baking soda is a natural deodorant. You can use a clean wash cloth to rub it on your mattress pad then vacuum it away. This will eliminate the smell of dust or sweat that your mattress might acquire over the years. It is also a safe and cheap option opposed to buying a special deodorant that might be just too much to sleep on.
Stains will be easier to remove the sooner you treat them. Use cold water and a mixture of salt and baking soda to remove stains. You can also use a mild stain remover but you have to make sure that is perfectly removed before you let the mattress pad dry.
Washing your mattress
If you have decided to wash your mattress, then remember that this will take time and energy. A foam mattress will become a lot heavier if you soak it with water. You will have to move it to the bathroom in order to fully clean it. You can use a diluted solution mild fabric solution or a mixture of vinegar and water before you rinse it thoroughly. You have to let it dry completely before you use it again. You can use a fan to help dry it faster. Cleaning a latex mattress is no different, as you will have to completely squeeze the water out before you let it dry.
Cleaning your mattress pad will make your mattress as good as new and will also help you avoid nasty allergies and provide a comfortable clean space for your rest every night.
This is a guest post provided by Mattressi.