While the wind blows and the snow swirls outside its hard to think about spring, much less about spring-cleaning. We’d much rather snuggle under a blanket in front of a warm fire than get out the vacuum and the Windex. Play a game of Scrabble with the kids instead of shaking out the curtains. We spend hours and hours inside at this time of year, which is exactly why it is the best time of year to do a cleaning chore that you may not even do during spring-cleaning: clean your mattress.
We spend approximately a third of our lives in our beds. Personally, I think a good chunk of that time is during the winter! With it getting dark earlier, and the sun coming up later in the morning, it is very easy to spend more time curled up among the pillows than we do during the summer. We wash our sheets and mattress pads on a regular basis, but what about the mattress itself? We can’t shove it into the washing machine, even those supersize ones at the Laundromat. A mattress can filled up with pounds of dust mites, sloughed off skin cells and dust. So what can you do?
Cleaning a mattress is actually relatively easy to do. The first step is to strip all the linens, including the mattress pad and dust ruffle if you have one. Wash them on HOT water. Use the hose attachment for your vacuum and vacuum the entire mattress – top, sides and bottom. Now might also be a good time to flip your mattress.
Next, if your mattress is stained at all there are several ways to get the stains out. While you can use commercial cleaners like upholstery cleaners to remove most spots, I prefer to keep as many chemicals away from my bed as I can. A paste of baking soda will take out many stains. So will a mild dish soap solution or a vinegar and water spray. Rinse with clear water after treating the stain, blot with a clean white cloth, and let it dry. If the mattress is heavily soiled, you can use a steam cleaner. Again, you can use a steam cleaner that uses cleaning fluid or you can use a chemical free cleaner. Commercial cleaning machines can be rented at many home improvement or grocery stores. Be sure to let the mattress dry thoroughly (about 4 hours) before making the bed up with clean sheets.
If your mattress doesn’t need to be steam cleaned, use a sieve and sprinkle a fine coating of baking soda over the mattress. Let it sit for about half an hour and then vacuum it up. I love a tip I read on makeitdo.com: combine about 1 cup of baking soda and 4 drops of lavender essential oil in a jar. You can use any essential oil you like the smell of, but I like the lavender because of its calming effect. Shake it up to combine and then use the sieve to sprinkle it on the mattress. Let it sit for about an hour, and then vacuum it up. Remake the bed with your fresh clean sheets.
Now you can snuggle in a fresh, clean, sweet smelling bed. You’ll breathe better, and sleep easier for the rest of the winter.
At The Preferred Vacuums we have all you will need to freshen up the springs.