We, as humans, are massively ‘leaky’ creatures that tend to precipitate more than any other creature on the planet. Not only this, we shed like anything in any given season. May it be winters or summers, the amount of dead skin and hair fall we shed in a lifetime can easily fill up tanks and tanks without stopping.
Now try to imagine how much your mattress goes through in its life cycle. Not only it acts as a dump for all your sheddings but also absorbs every form of liquid your body leaks. The question is ‘How to keep the mattress- the one thing that you spend most of your lifetime, clean?’.
Understanding the Construction
Cleaning a mattress is a tricky affair as all those layers of fabric wrap a foam monster that loves to store everything. All thanks to the cellular construction of the foam, it traps everything thrown at it. May it be spills or cleaners, everything gets trapped in the cavities.
The ideal way is to use a minimal amount of liquid cleaners and always use a mattress protector.
Protect the Mattress
The best way to protect your mattress is by wrapping it in protective layers. Look for a mattress protector that fits like a glove on your mattress, offers anti-bacterial protection, resistant to water, and lets your mattress breathe.
How to Handle Major Spills
In case of a major spill, use a towel to soak up the excess moisture. Make a cleaning paste using baking soda and ¼ cup of cold water. Apply the same on the affected area and leave it for 5-10 minutes for absorption. Either scrub off the stain or use a vacuum cleaner to remove the paste. If you have little ones at home, then we would suggest that you keep your mattress safe by wrapping the same in a mattress protector.
Mattress Cleaning Routine
If taken proper care, a mattress can last for many years. But we recommend that one should change a mattress every 10 years. A few simple cleaning tips are as follows:
- Make sure to air your bed on a regular basis. If possible, remove the bedding from the top and leave the mattress uncovered.
- Make it a point to clean the mattress protector and bed linen every week.
- Vacuum the mattress on a fortnightly basis. Every couple of months vacuum the surface of the bed – even with protector microscopic dust, mite and skin ‘bits’ can accumulate.
- Ensure your mattress is getting airflow around the sides and through the base to prevent moisture build up and mould formation.
- Rotate the mattress lengthwise to prolong the life of your mattress.