How often do you hoover your mattress? Want to know how often should you hoover your mattress?
Well let’s think about why you might want to hoover your mattress more often than you currently do!
Would it surprise you to know that the average mattress, you know that place you snuggle into every night, has around 2 million dust mites lurking inside it. Those dust mites are feeding on the dead skin that your body sheds and the sweat you produce whilst sleeping.
Your mattress is literally a breeding ground for bacteria.
So how often should you hoover your mattress then?
Well ideally at least once a month. If you’re changing your bed sheets weekly then every few weeks get the hoover out whilst the sheets are off. You are changing them weekly aren’t you? 😉
If you’re not up to doing it on a monthly basis, then it should be done at least as the seasons change, i.e. every 3 months.
Freshen your mattress first!
Before you begin hoover your mattress though it’s a good idea to freshen it up too.
Spot clean any stains. Cleaning stains from food or drink spills, sweat and other bodily fluids – we won’t go into detail 🙂 – can be a little time consuming. However we think it’s worth it to avoid any stains showing through your bed sheet!
Our preferred method is to use a mixture of baking soda, salt & water. This doesn’t overly wet the mattress. Mix the ingredients into the consistency of a paste – think toothpaste – and apply it onto the stain.
Leave for around 45 minutes to an hour to dry out and then hoover it away using a stiff bristle attachment. Finish by going over the are where the stain was with a slightly damp cloth.
For tougher stains use a mixture of water & hydrogen peroxide – half water, half hydrogen peroxide. Use a softer type toothbrush to rub the liquid into the mattress and leave for around 5 minutes. Be careful not to over wet the mattress.
For both methods, if the mattress is still damp, you can use a hair dryer to dry it out.
We don’t recommend steam cleaning as mattresses and moisture don’t mix too well. Not only can it take a long time to dry out if you get it too wet, the moisture can also allow mould to grow within the mattress.
Next sprinkle some baking soda over the mattress and leave to sit for an hour or so. Then it’s time to vacuum the whole of the mattress. Make sure to do the sides as well!
How often should you hoover under the bed?
So you’ve we’ve covered how often should you hoover your mattress but how often should you hoover under the bed?
Well ideally, if you’ve got time you should hoover under the bed at the same time as doing the mattress. Realistically though that may not be possible.
Some beds are very heavy and require more than one person to move them. This might be the case if the base of the bed has drawers full of fresh linen or towels.
As the picture above shows you though, you should make the effort. If you’re hoovering your mattress once every 3 months then make the effort to do under the bed too. At the very least, it should be done twice a year.
You might even make some money out of it as it’s amazing what you’ll find lurking under there! No monsters though… we hope 😉