Spring is just around the corner. That means fresh air, warm weather, green grass, and brand new allergies. But it’s not just the pollen that will make you sneeze. There are millions of reasons why a fresh start to the warm season is so important: And they’re all lying right underneath your pillow.
It’s no secret: Your mattress is home to millions of Germs and unprounouncable bacteria, such as Micrococcus, Staphylococcus, Asperigillus, Geotrichum, and even E. Coli. They’re not exactly what sweet dreams are made of, and they can cause allergies and skin infections while making conditions like asthma and eczema even worse.
On average, a used futon mattress (2-5 years old) can contain at least 5 pounds of dead skin, which can attract millions and millions of dust mites. During our quiet sleep, you’re not only bathing in these various germs, but breathing them in for hours straight.
Luckily, our futon mattresses aren’t just cheap and efficient, but easy to clean and maintain. Here are some very useful tips on how to properly clean your futon for the warm season.
STEP 1 – Vacuum the Mattress
It’s one of the most helpful ways to remove all that unwanted dust from your mattress. Make sure you use your vacuum’s upholstery attachment to move slowly up and down the entire surface of your mattress. You’ll be surprised at how much dust fills the container of your vacuum when you’re done.
STEP 2 – Spot Clean
It all depends on the type of stain you want to get rid of, but here are a list of useful mixtures you can make for spot cleaning your mattress:
MIXTURE 1: Combination of hydrogen peroxide, liquid dish soap, and baking soda with water.
Mix these combinations into a spray bottle and cover the stained areas lightly. Be sure NOT to soak your mattress or get it too wet, as this will attract mold and worsen your mattress later on. Instead, dab and lightly rub over the lightly sprayed areas with a rag.
MIXTURE 3: Make a paste of lemon juice and salt. Apply the mixture to the stain, and let it stand for 30–60 minutes. Wipe off salt with a clean towel
STEP 3 – DRYING YOUR MATTRESS
After this deep clean, you’ll want to give your mattress some fresh air. The best source is obviously sunlight. UV exposure is a great way to eliminate bacteria. If getting your mattress outside is too difficult, your best bet could be using a hair dryer on damp spots or running a fan along the surface for a period of time.
STEP 4 – Try a Mattress Cover
A solid mattress encasement is one of the best ways to ensure a healthy sleeping environment. Unlike regular sheet covers, our BedBuard Mattress Cover completely encases your mattress to insure 100% protection against allergens and dust mites. Its stretch knit surface is absorbent 100% waterproof and also breathable, so there’s no irritation to your skin. What’s more, it’s machine washable.
There’s no healthier way to start the Spring season than ensuring a good night’s sleep each day. Once you give your mattress a good clean, not only will you sleep well and easy, but your mattress will last much longer.