Tips to Clean and Sanitize Your Bed
Studies have shown that a clean bedroom helps you get better sleep, and is healthier for you too. And a clean bedroom starts with the bed.While you're switching over to summer style, give your bed a complete clean so you'll be sleeping fresh and germ-free.
Wash the Bedding - All of ItYour sheets fill up with skin flakes, dried sweat, mites, and other yucky things, so experts suggest changing your sheets and pillowcases every week. Blankets, duvet covers, and comforters can wait till the end of the month (or maybe even every other month). You'll get a better wash if you take it slow and put smaller loads in.Make sure you wash each type of bedding separately from other items. Cotton sheets and covers are usually easy to wash on any cycle - but you should always check the tags. To destroy germs, put everything on the hottest cycle if your fabric allows.
Never put an electric blanket in the washing machine unless the safety instructions say it's okay, and it has a detachable cord. Even then, only wash it for a short period of time (about 3-5 minutes), and dry for only 5-10 minutes in the dryer. Then hang it out to dry the rest of the way.
Want to save on your energy bill and help the environment? Drying your laundry on a clothesline does both - and it's healthy! Sunlight is a natural disinfectant (it also brightens up whites). Unfortunately heavier bedding still needs to be dried in the drier, as it can take so long to dry that mildew could form. Try drying them for a shorter time, and then put them out in the sun.
Pay Attention to Your PillowIf you use a pillowcase and wash that with your sheets, you can wash your pillows just twice a year. Keep it feeling softer for longer by fluffing it daily. You can freshen it up by taking the pillowcase off and enjoying some of that sunshine we mentioned about once a month.
Like bedding, there are a lot of different kinds of pillows so you should check the care instructions on the tag. Down and fiber pillows should be washed on the gentle cycle with an extra rinse to make sure the water goes through all the thick material. Foam pillows probably shouldn't be put into the wash. It’s better to spot clean or hand wash them. You can put that off by washing the cover that usually goes over the foam instead.
Make sure you dry thoroughly. Pillows are dense and can remain damp in the center, which can lead to mold.
Don't Forget the MattressYour mattress may be protected by an encasement or topper, but those need to be washed every three months. Stick with cooler water for these in most cases (check the tags).
Then there's the mattress. Keep your mattress from getting too worn in or too dirty on one side by flipping it every 3-6 months. To get rid of any dust or allergens that might still get in, use your vacuum on all sides of your mattress before you put on your next fresh set of sheets. Avoid chemical cleaners, which can damage the foam, and too much water will soak into a mattress and stay wet so that mildew and mold could grow.
Keep things disinfected by lightly misting the mattress with a spray (which is also great for removing any odors). The home remedy of gently rubbing baking soda into the mattress and letting it sit for about an hour before vacuuming it up can also help. Products with oils can stain the mattress and may void your warranty.
Get Rid of StainsDespite all your best efforts, you might still get stains on your bedding or mattress. You'll have a better chance of getting them out if you pre-treat your sheets before you wash them. You can use bleach, but keep in mind it will break down the fabric faster.
On a mattress, treat spots with a stain remover. For a large stain, mix powdered detergent with a small amount of water to form a paste. Apply to the area and let sit for 15 to 30 minutes before wiping clean. Dry thoroughly, then vacuum up the remainder.
For tough stains, you don't necessarily need fancy cleaners. For fresh blood just use cold water, a little soap, and a rag to scrub it off. If the blood stain has set in, you need hydrogen peroxide, dish soap, and salt.
With urine, if fresh, blot it dry and sprinkle the spot with baking soda. Let it dry for 20-30 minutes then vacuum. If the stain is older, mix baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, and liquid dish soap. Get recipes here.
Finish With the Bed
You're spending about 8 hours a day in your bed, so from time to time you should do a clean and check on the bed itself. That includes any box spring, platform, slats, headboard, or footboard.
To keep the box spring fresh, vacuum it at the same time you do your mattress. Then remove any stains and clean it with a disinfecting spray about once a year.
Next, if you have a metal bed frame or platform, wipe it with a damp cloth to remove any dust and debris. Follow with a dry cloth to remove the moisture and any remaining dust. This is also a good method for wood slats – just make sure not to get them too wet.
Headboards, footboards, and side rails should be cleaned according to their material. For wood furniture, use wood polish and a wood-safe disinfectant wipe. If you have upholstery, vacuum, steam cleaning, and disinfectant sprays are usually safe. You can usually use a disinfectant spray without worrying.
This is also a good time to check everything and make sure it’s in good working order. If you need any new bedding support we can deliver right to your door.
- Bedframes.com LLC