Most people in Vancouver don’t give too much thought to their mattress. But taking proper care of your mattress with the following seven tips can help extend its life, keep it smelling fresh and remove allergens from your bedroom
1. Use a Mattress Cover
A mattress cover that protects both the tops and sides of a mattress will keep dust mites and their fecal matter from entering your mattress. Dust mites feed on dead skin cells from pets and humans and thrive in mattresses where this food source is in abundant supply. The fecal dropping dust mites produce can build up over time within your mattress and trigger an allergic reaction, particularly in asthma sufferers. To keep dust mites from making a happy home in your mattress, purchase a dust mite allergy proof mattress cover to prevent dead skin cells from entering the mattress. The mattress cover will effectively cut off their food supply and starve them to death
2. Wash Your Mattress Cover, Sheets, Pillowcases & Beddings Every Week
To effectively kill dust mites all bedding must be washed in hot water that is at least 60 degrees Celsius, which is the standard temperature of most domestic hot water heaters. Before washing your bedding, check the temperature of your hot water heater. If it’s below 60 degrees Celsius, set it higher before doing laundry. Aim to wash all bedding at least once a week.
3. Vacuum Your Mattress and Bed Frame
When bedding is in the wash, take a few minutes to vacuum the mattress—don’t forget mattress sides and around the bed frame.
4. Flip/Rotate Your Mattress
A regular flip and rotate of your mattress will protect it mattress from uneven wear and sag. A queen or even king size mattress can be unwieldy for one person. Enlist an extra pair of hands to help you flip and rotate the mattress every three months.
5. Let Your Mattress Breath
Humidity originating from sleeping people and pets can become trapped in a mattress after a night of sleep. Dust mites love a humid environment and so does mold and mildew. For this reason, don’t rush to do up your bed in the morning. Instead, pull the sheets back and give the mattress a chance to air out. You can always make the bed later in the day. Also, never put your mattress directly on the floor. Always place a mattress on a bed frame that allows air to circulate underneath the mattress.
6. Treat Stains Immediately
If you share you bed with children, pets or indulge in the late night snack in bed, accidents will happen. Treat any stains immediately before they have a chance to set in the mattress. Use a clean cloth to absorb as much of the stain as possible. Do not rub, blot only. Treat the stain with hydrogen peroxide. Use as little as possible so as not to soak the mattress. Blot the area dry with another clean cloth.
7. Hire a Professional Mattress Cleaning Vancouver Service
Once a year, treat your mattress to a deep penetrating hot water extraction cleaning from a professional Vancouver mattress cleaning service. Hot water extraction is an effective cleaning method for removing dust mites, odours and stubborn stains from a mattress. Schedule a mattress cleaning once a year to extend the life of your mattress and to keep it allergen free.
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