How to Keep Your Mattress in Top Shape
You spend about eight hours each night cuddled up in bed, so it's understandable why it's so important to keep it clean. There are many threats to the cleanliness of your bedding, from bed bugs to simple poor hygiene. However, it's not always top priority to clean this while you're tidying up your home every week. Fortunately, this doesn't have to be a major task. Follow this guide to keeping your mattress in top shape so you can have the best sleep possible.
Make Your Bed Every Morning
One of the easiest ways to keep your mattress clean is by making your bed as soon as you wake up. This will provide a layer of protection from any airborne particles, like dust and pollen, and reduce their chances of winding up deep in your sheets.
Keep Pets Off Your Bed
This one is a given, but it's still important to stress that animals do not belong on the bed. No matter how frequently you bathe your dog or cat, he or she likely carries a great deal of pet dander that can be irritating - especially when it's in your bed and you're trying to get a good night's rest.
Change Sheets Weekly
There's nothing like crawling into bed after you've just replaced the sheets with fresh, clean ones. Swap out sheets every week or so, as dead skin cells and dust can dirty them and weigh them down. You should also wash comforters and blankets monthly.
Flip Your Mattress
You may not think to do this, but flipping your mattress can extend its lifetime. A person typically sleeps in the same area of his or her mattress each night. Flip your mattress about twice each year to reduce the formation of sleeping wallows.
"Reduce the number of airborne particles that can fall onto your bed."
Reduce Allergens in Your Bedroom
Keep an air purifier running to reduce airborne particles that can fall onto your bed. Be sure to clean the room thoroughly to further reduce the chances of your bed getting dirty. Vacuum and dust regularly to keep your entire bedroom as comfortable as possible.
Use a Mattress Pad
No matter how regularly you change your sheets, it's always good to have another layer of protection. Cover your mattress with a mattress pad to protect it from particles that may slip through the sheets. You'll want to remove the pad and throw it in the wash every month or so for good measure.