Yes, spring has sprung and not only is it a time for new beginnings but for many it is a time for spring cleaning too. Is this a crazy thing to do? Is it really necessary, and if so, should your mattress be a part of this annual regimen?
Well, let’s take a look at some useful and fun facts about why and how we spring clean a mattress…
What’s it all about?
According to an interesting article from the Washington Post, ‘’during the 1800s the biggest annual housecleaning took place in the spring because the winter left homes coated with a layer of soot and grime in every room. Lamps of the time were lit with whale oil or kerosene, which had to be heated with coal or wood, so you can just imagine that mess. Proper cleaning required opening windows to let the soot out, which, of course, could only be done during warmer weather.’’
Well, it’s not like those conditions still prevail but spring cleaning is still seen as an important annual ‘’deep cleaning’’ of many things that we don’t clean properly every day. So…
Why do we need to include the mattress?
- It can greatly improve the air quality in the home. By removing biological contaminants on a dirty mattress, we combat foul odours that could affect your sleep and it helps to prevent potentially harmful pest infestations too.
- Cleaning your mattress properly can get rid of bad mattress staining.
- It assists to get rid of dust mites and other allergens…
- …all of which can irritate your senses and prevent a proper night’s sleep!
How do we do it? – A seven-step solution
According to experts, to thoroughly spring clean a mattress is a seven-step process and these are…
- Stripping the bed and washing all the laundry as well as the mattress protector.
- Vacuuming thoroughly using the upholstery attachment of your vacuum cleaner. Ensure that you vacuum all parts of the mattress, top, bottom and sides and under the bed too!
- Use baking soda! Yes, it is not an old wives tale. Lightly sprinkling baking soda over the surface of the mattress and scrubbing it in a bit with a normal scrubbing brush makes a great deodoriser and it draws odours and moisture out of the mattress from sweat etc.
- Having left it to work for a half-hour or so vacuum again to draw out the baking soda and residual moisture.
- Spot clean obvious stains now. One expert suggests the following… ‘’Use three tablespoons of dry laundry detergent and a tablespoon of water, allowing the solution to turn into a foam. Spread it on the stain and let it sit for thirty minutes or more. Afterwards, scrape it away and use a cloth dampened in hydrogen peroxide to work magic on the stain.”
- Now flip, or just rotate, depending on whether you have a pillow top mattress or not. Then repeat the same process on the other side if you have flipped it.
- Air it! This is very important and should be done for at least several hours if not a full day. Place the mattress in the fresh air or at least near fresh air and let it breathe a bit!
Use the mattress that maximises the springs!
Talking of spring – did you know that every Truform mattress contains the highest spring count of any mattress – and an additional comfort layer under the quilting makes our mattresses firmer, more comfortable and orthopedically superior.
Look for a dealer near you to test lie one today – or contact us directly for anything you would like to know about new mattresses and maintaining the one you have. We are a family business that really cares about our valued customers – so we are always there for you.
Stay safe and keep a spring in your step!