Ah, bed. Such a wonderful place. Did you know, we actually spend up to ⅓ of our life on our mattresses? No, I’m not joking. Considering we spend such an awful lot of time in them, dust, dirt, oils, stains and bad odours are constantly burying themselves deeper and deeper into your precious bed. An unhygienic mattress can also cause you sleeping troubles. These can be anything from unsettled sleep to full-on sleep deprivation. So, don’t risk your peace of mind and good nights sleep. Get informed with our guide on how to clean your mattress at home. It’s also good to consider professional mattress cleaning from time to time.
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How to Get Rid of Nasty Odours from Your Mattress at Home
1. First, you always hoover. You don’t want loose bits of dirt embedding themselves any further now, do you? It’s best to use a hoover especially for cleaning out vehicles, but a standard one will do. Start with the top side, we’ll worry about the bottom side later.
2. Now, we can all sense the wafts of body odours coming from our mattresses from time to time. While we sleep, many kinds of bacteria accumulate. Whether they be from sweat, blood, dead skin cells, and god knows what else, that’s what comes with being alive. And if we don’t keep on top of it, it’s really not good for our health, nor our beauty sleep. So without further ado, I’ll tell you the secret to a fresh-smelling mattress. Soda bicarb (or baking soda, depending on where you’re from). Yep, soda bicarb is the magic home cleaner. It absorbs dirt and odours. And thanks to its’ small, dust-like form, it can get into all those tiny places you can’t. Just sprinkle it over your mattress and leave it for at least 30 minutes. Overnight is the best option for more serious cases.
3. And now, it’s the hoovers time to shine (again). Why? Because now it’ll suck out the soda bicarb, which has now absorbed all the nasties in your mattress. Ta-da! Isn’t that wonderful?
4. Flip the mattress. And repeat the procedure on the other side. You can also add 10-30 drops of your favourite essential oils for a lovely aroma. Lavender is a good one for your bed. It’s great for a good nights sleep.
How to Get Rid of Stubborn Stains from Your Mattress at Home
Our mattresses gather all kinds of stains. Whether they be from blood, sweat, urine or other bodily fluids, or you’re just the kind of person that likes munching in bed (which results in a few food spills on your mattress), the stains are the bad guys. The moisture from all kinds of stains attract all kinds of bacteria. Of course, it’s better to tackle stains while they’re still fresh. However, sometimes sleep is more important.
1. For Blood Stains You Will Need:
1 cup of hydrogen peroxide, 1 tbsp. of dish soap, and a tbsp. of corn starch or soda bicarb. Mix them together until they form a paste. Lightly apply the mixture to the affected area and leave it for about 30 minutes to dry. Dab away the paste using either a dry sponge or a soft upholstery brush. Using a clean white towel dipped in hydrogen peroxide, dab away at the stain until it’s disappeared.
2. For Other Bodily Fluids You Will Need:
1 ½ tbsp. of soda bicarb, about 200ml of hydrogen peroxide and a just a smidgeon of dish soap. Mix together the ingredients and soak a clean white cloth in it. Before you start, if there is any moisture in the mattress, soak it up using a dry clean towel. Now dab the affected area lightly until no signs of stains are left. Don’t use too much of the mixture, though. Use the bare minimum. You don’t want to end up damaging the mattress.
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