Is your mattress swarming with dust mites? Imagine how much dust and dirt your mattress has accumulated over a period of time.
Dust mites are common pests that are quick to gather on mattresses. Getting rid of them is important not only for your comfort as you sleep but for your health as well, as it can cause many allergies.
It's time to clean your mattress. But some mattress cleaning methods are more useful than others. We explain a step-by-step process on how to clean a used mattress in order to get rid of dust mites.
Step 1- Stripping your mattress of all the coverings
The first step is to remove the bedsheet, pillows, and mattress covers and wash them in warm water with a detergent. Washing your bed sheets and pillow covers once a week is essential to keep your bed clean and hygienic.
Step 2- Give your mattress some fresh air
Just like getting a gust of fresh air is great for the lungs, it is beneficial to give your mattress a sunbath to kill microorganisms and get rid of nasty smells too. Sunlight is known to kill molds and mildew and also is considered a natural mattress odor eliminator.
Step 3- Spraying the mattress with a cleaner
Once the mattress is dried in the sun, all the stains on it are visible. Often the mattress has sweat stains or urine stains that have been old and dried for days. Cleaning these stains is a tough task since the mattress can't be washed. You can use two types of cleaners, the disinfectant sprays available in the market or some homemade solution of baking soda or white vinegar.
It is totally up to you as to which one you prefer. The catch here is, just spray or mist the cleaning solution on the blotted area of the mattress, and let it soak for a while. If you are using a homemade cleaner then you can always mix some essential oil in it before spraying. This will give a pleasant smell for a few days.
Step 4- Steam Vacuuming the mattress
After you have sprayed the mattress with the cleaner let it soak for some hours. Once this process is completed, steam vacuum the mattress with the upholstery attachment for removing the excess baking soda or the cleaner out of the mattress. This will remove all the stains on the mattress as well as the moisture.
Step 5- Setting up a clean bed
Before putting the mattress back on, clean your bed properly. Place the clean mattress and cover it with a mattress protector. Invest in a good mattress protector since you do not replace it every month. Put on clean bed sheets and pillow covers.
Try to keep your bedding minimal, as too many things on the bed will serve as the breeding ground for the dust mites. In addition to this, if possible, keep the room moisture-free by setting the temperature at 22 degrees Celsius.
All mattresses are different but one thing which all of them need is regular cleaning. Seek the aid of the mattress provider to know what are the special needs of your mattress, for example, a memory foam mattress requires low maintenance, and it has inherent anti-allergenic features against dust mites.
You can consider visiting Mancini's Sleepworld store to find the best anti-allergic mattress and mattress protector for you.