We all launder our sheets regularly but what about what’s underneath them? While our mattress is protected by a cover and then bedlinen, it still comes into contact with all types of microscopic dirt including dust mite droppings. Dust mites live in upholstery and other soft furnishings, feeding on our dead skin cells, which we shed thousands of every single day. I know this all sounds rather gross, and it is – no mistake, itchy skin and other allergic style reactions can be caused from just lying in bed. It’s important that you regularly vacuum and clean your mattress when laundering the mattress cover and bed linens.

  • Always use a mattress protector and launder it frequently.
  • After removing your bedlinen and mattress protector for washing, vacuum the your mattress on the strong suction cycle of your vacuum cleaner with the crevice attachments.
  • Remember to seasonally freshen your mattress by very liberally covering it in baking soda, allow the soda to sit for a full day then thoroughly vacuum up all the powder.
  • Never wet your mattress with water or spray it with any type of toxic chemicals.
  • It’s important to air your mattress to deter any bacterial growth. Open the windows in your bedroom and pull back the drapes allowing for sunlight to stream into the room. If you’re going away on vacation, leave the bed bare of sheets to air.
  • Make a habit of rotating your mattress from head to toe at least once per season, like your sofa cushion it develops a memory from constant use.
  • The average lifespan of a mattress is 10 years, so caring for your mattress correctly can extend it’s lifespan.

Purchasing a new mattress? Buy quality, paying attention to the stitching of the seams and the materials which your mattress is made from. Always lie on the prospective mattress to confirm its comfort level, when choosing between 2 models go for the firmer mattress option, you can always add a cushioned plush topper. Know the return policies and any warranty constraints before deciding on your purchase.