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Did you know that your mattress is the dirtiest item in your bedroom? It makes sense when you consider you lie down at night and skin cells, dirt, and bacteria, transfer to the mattress. It’s also a trap for dust and other allergens. With the looming healthcare crisis not yet over us, as well as the common allergens and illnesses always being a threat, it’s more important now than ever for a healthy night’s sleep to thoroughly clean that mattress. But, where do you start? We have the answers!
Start with Bed Linens
Wash your sheet, duvet, pillowcases, mattress cover, and comforter regularly (usually weekly is standard) and especially after you or anyone else who’s been in your bed has been ill. Use the hottest setting and wash in color-safe bleach for colored fabrics and standard chlorine bleach for whites. To optimize disinfecting your bed linens, you want to dry on a high-heat setting for at least 28 minutes.
Mattress Disinfecting Frequency
Mattress disinfecting isn’t something you may think about frequently. However, if you knew just how many microbes and critters were on the mattress at any given time, you’d make it a point. Generally speaking, you want to disinfect your mattress a few times a year. Also, if you or anyone in your house has been ill, in particular with COVID-19, recently and slept on your bed, it’s time to thoroughly clean and disinfect your mattress.
Preparing for Mattress Disinfection
Ideally, you should take your mattress outside to disinfect it. The sun’s heat has natural disinfecting properties. Plus, your mattress will smell like fresh air, which sounds like a win-win situation to us.
If you can’t get your mattress outside, it’s okay. You can still disinfect your mattress adequately without the sunshine. You’ll want to place the mattress in front of the window to dry if at all possible.
To begin the disinfection process, put on gloves and make sure you avoid touching your face during the process. If you touch your face, you’re bringing the microbes on your mattress right to entryways into your body.
Mattress Disinfection Process
Use your vacuum attachment or a mini vacuum to remove dust, crumbs, and pet fur from your mattress. Make sure you sweep in the nooks and crannies of your bed with the attachment.
After, get a warm soapy sponge and scrub down the surface of your bed as well as the sides, edging, and corners. If you have any stains on your mattress, you’ll want to focus on treating them now.
Next, if you have a steam cleaner, now is the time to get it out and steam clean all surfaces of your bed. Only do this once you spot treat your bed, or you’ll set stains into your mattress.
Then, use a disinfecting spray to cover the entire surface of your bed. If you could bring your mattress outside, you should let your mattress dry entirely out. If you placed your mattress in front of the window, you should leave it there until it dries.
Disinfection Clean-Up Process
After the disinfection process is complete, you’ll want to remove your gloves and dispose of them. You’ll also want to wash your hands with warm water and antimicrobial soap.
Once your mattress is dry, feel free to put your fresh sheets and other linens back on your bed.
Make sure you consider all the hard surfaces and curtains in your room when focusing on disinfection. These are all prime surfaces for bacteria, germs, allergens, and more.
With the proper sanitation process, you can sleep more soundly, knowing your keeping microbes and allergens at bay. You’ll wake up feeling more refreshed and ready for a new day.
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