Get Your Mattress Cleaner, Faster.
According to the National Sleep Foundation’s recently updated sleep recommendations, young adults between the ages of 18 and 25 years old and adults aged 26 – 64 years-old should get between seven and nine hours of sleep every night. Adults who are 65 years old or older are advised to get between seven and eight hours of sleep daily.
What do those recommendations mean? It means you may spend as much as one-third of your adult life in bed, sleeping on your mattress. What does that mean for your mattress? It means you need to clean it regularly to ensure you get the amount of restorative sleep you need in a healthy environment.
Cleaning your mattress often can do more than help improve the quality of your sleep and ensure you get the rest your body and mind need. It can also help your mattress last longer.
How Often Should You Clean Your Mattress?
Not that long ago, you didn’t have nearly as many mattress options as you do today. It used to be that consumers had just one choice for a mattress – a mattress that could be flipped over. Back then, it was recommended that people flip their mattresses twice per year and clean them at the same time. While mattresses like pillow-top mattresses don’t need to be flipped, it’s still advisable to clean your mattress a minimum of twice per year.
While you may know you should clean your mattress, doing so isn’t an intuitive science. That’s why we thought we’d provide some tips that can help you get your mattress as clean as possible.
Strip Your Bedding and Wash Your Linens
To begin, you should strip your bedding from your mattress and wash it. When you wash your linens, be sure you use the hottest water setting on your washer. Make sure you use high heat to dry your bedding as well.
Break Out the Vacuum
The next step to cleaning your mattress is to vacuum it. Start by using your vacuum’s upholstery attachment to clean the surface of your mattress. Then, use the crevice attachment to clean the mattress’ seams and crevices thoroughly.
When you’re done vacuuming your mattress, check it for stains. If you notice stains, you’ll need to spot treat them. If you have pets, consider natural spot treatments, such as an enzyme-based pet stain remover. You can also use an upholstery cleaner or a homemade mixture consisting of one teaspoon dish detergent and a cup of tepid water.
You don’t need to buy expensive products to deodorize your mattress. In fact, if you have a box of baking soda in your pantry, you have everything you need. Sprinkle the baking soda all over your mattress without hesitating to use the entire box if necessary. Leave the baking soda on your mattress for as long as possible, ideally 24 hours.
After the baking soda has been on your mattress long enough, you should vacuum your mattress again using the upholstery attachment.
No matter how well you care for your mattress, you’ll eventually have to replace it. If it’s time for you to get a new mattress, you should visit a Ben’s retail location in the Atlanta, GA area. If you can’t make it to one of our stores, you can shop for a mattress at on our website because we ship to locations throughout the United States. Shop with us in person or online today.