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Every single night most of us spend at least 6 or 7 hours in bed. During this time just think how much sweat, dead skin cells and oils from your body have the opportunity to transfer onto your bed. Regularly washing and changing your bed linen is just another part of the household chores, but have you ever considered washing your mattress too? It is more important than you think.
Every six months at least, simply attach the upholstery element to your vacuum cleaner to freshen up your mattress. This is a simple way to ensure any dust mites are removed efficiently. Pay close attention to both the seams and the area nearest your headboard, as these are the most common areas they tend to gather. Also remember to rotate your mattress around every three months, this way you will find it lasts far longer and continues to offer the support it had initially. Flipping your mattress over works just as well too, as long as it is recommended by the manufacturer as some can be ‘no turn’!
Stains are likely to occur over time if a mattress protector has not been used underneath the fitted sheet. To remove these stains, it may take some patience while you experiment with different products. Firstly, use a cloth or sponge to target the area rather than paper towels which will disintegrate and make the stain worse (avoid getting your mattress too wet in the process). Following this use the vacuum cleaner to go over the target area from any dust and dirt, then go in with the cloth again to scrub away the problem. With young children accidents do happen, but be aware when washing dirty bed linen to select a cool wash. By washing at a high temperature, the stains are more likely to be set rather than be removed as hoped.
Next time an accident occurs – fear not! Keep these clever techniques in mind and you will save yourself from the costly replacement of a new mattress.