You spend one-third of your lifetime sleeping on your mattress, so it’s important to keep it clean and fresh. Cleaning your mattress, in the best eco-friendly way, may seem complicated. However, it’s actually a lot easier than you might think.
Many people don’t realize the importance of cleaning their mattresses regularly, even though there may be dirt, dust mites, pollen, skin cells, bacteria and oils multiplying on them every night. Proper eco-friendly mattress cleaning enables you to sleep in a clean and healthy environment nightly. It may also improve the lifespan of your mattress. In this article we explore the best eco-friendly ways to clean your mattress.
Conventional cleaners provide seemingly good results. But, at what cost? These products tend to contain harsh brighteners and bleaches that can irritate your lungs, skin and eyes. You’ll be particularly aware of this if you’ve ever tried to use one of these products in a confined, badly-ventilated space. Can you imagine having to then lie on your chemically cleaned mattress and breathe in goodness knows what for nights on end?
Chemical cleaners can be so harsh that when they get on your skin, you experience discomfort and redness. They also typically contain synthetic fragrances and dyes which can irritate your skin and cause headaches.
Furthermore, many conventional cleaning products are also petroleum-based and they typically contain synthetic surfactants. They are made to break down oils and help the cleaning product stick to wet surfaces. When you pour these chemicals down your drain, they end up in the environment and pose a risk to wildlife.
There are a number of reasons why you should opt for eco-friendly mattress cleaning:
There are six simple eco-friendly steps to cleaning your mattress:
You can use a home steam cleaner if your mattress is particularly stained. Make sure your mattress is completely dry before putting on your mattress cover.
If you have a latex mattress, you can use all of the above-mentioned eco-friendly cleaning steps or another method for cleaning a latex mattress is as follows:
Keep in mind that you should never expose your latex mattress to direct sunlight. Direct sunlight can break down the cellular structure of a latex mattress. Always be sure to let your latex mattress air dry inside and in the shade. Also, keep in mind that your latex mattress remains fresher when you keep it covered with a waterproof mattress protector. This is an inexpensive way to ensure that your mattress stays in a “like-new” condition, while protecting it from spills, stains, dirt, etc. The protector is undetectable under your sheets and it is breathable.
Take a look at the following tips for cleaning your memory foam mattress:
1.Vacuum your mattress. You can maintain your mattress by getting into the habit of regularly vacuuming it. A hand-held vacuum is generally the best tool for the job! Be sure to vacuum every inch of your mattress, including the sides.
2. Remove stains. Don’t use harsh commercial cleaning products, with ammonia or bleach, on your memory foam mattress. They will ruin your memory foam interior. Instead, use an organic or natural mild dish soap, mixed with water, to clean any stains. Only dip your cloth into the bubbles and not the solution for best results. If you do not have an organic or mild detergent at home, try using water mixed with vinegar instead. Place the mixture into a spray bottle and spray your mattress lightly. Then, immediately scrub the stained area quickly with a clean, absorbent cloth. The vinegar soaks up unpleasant odors while diluting the stain.
Keep in mind that unlike latex mattresses, you can place memory foam mattresses in the sunlight to dry. You can sprinkle baking soda onto any wet spots, wait a while and then vacuum if it’s not sunny outside. You can even use a hair dryer to complete the drying process. Just remember not to use it on its hottest setting and to hold it at a distance, to avoid causing damage.
Your bed should be your haven. Your comfortable and safe place, in which to relax, at the end of the day. A good quality mattress is expensive. Show yourself and your mattress some love by taking good care of it. Cleaning your mattress the eco-friendly way is easy, it keeps your bedroom and mattress healthy and it’s inexpensive too!
If you have any questions about properly cleaning your PlushBeds latex mattress, give us a call today toll free at 1-888-408-6489 or review our New Mattress: Use & Care instructions.
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