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Top Tips for a Cleaner Bed
October 15, 2015 | By Punky Dario-Villena

With a good 1/3 of our lives spent in bed, keeping our sleeping environment clean is a definite must. In reality, most people forget that a mattress needs periodic maintenance. A clean bed minimizes allergies, infestations, and results to better health. Follow these tips to prolong mattress life and ensure a good night's sleep:


1. To prevent wear spots on the mattress, rotate and flip your mattress periodically. This prevents "hot spots" or depressions from forming.


2. Although it's fun, try to keep the kids from bouncing around on the bed, to avoid wearing out the springs or filling.


3. To prevent stains, use a mattress cover. When stains do happen, deal with it right away. Blot liquid stains with a cool, wet cloth, using a pressing motion. For biological stains, try a solution of equal parts baking soda, salt, and water mixed into a paste, then rubbed onto the area. Dry for 30 minutes. Finally, brush away afterwards, dab with a cool damp cloth, and blot dry. For tough stains, use a toothbrush to apply a solution comprised of two parts hydrogen peroxide and one part diswashing soap.


4. Vacuum your mattress occasionally, to prevent the build up of dust and shed human skin, which dust mites feed on. This helps minimize allergies that could result from dust mite leavings.


5. Change your sheets regularly. Once a week is ideal, while once a month is good enough, but less optimal.


6. To neutralize odors, spot-treat with a white vinegar solution first, or mix 1/3 cup white vinegar into your washing machine's rinse cycle. To clean extreme body oil residue, substitute dishwashing soap for detergent in the wash, and add 1/4 cup Borax (sodium borate) into the wash.

7. Periodically air out your mattress, and place it under sunlight if you can. This prevents the accumulation of moisture that leads to mould growth.


8. Deodorize your mattress by sifting baking soda over its surface, and letting it stand for at least thirty minutes, or overnight, before vacuuming, then do the same on the flipside of the mattress. You could even mix a few drops of essential oils into the baking soda prior to sifting, to enjoy a relaxing spa scent.


9. Lastly, for steam or deep cleaning, as well as bedbud de-infestation, leave the task to the experts.



Punky Dario-Villena loves playing with cats, whipping up home-cooked meals, and decorating the rental apartment she shares with her husband. She documents the joys of domestic life on her blog, Punky Plays House. When she's not doing DIY artwork, Punky occupies herself with her work in advertising and real estate brokerage.

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