Did you know that your mattress accumulates dirt and grime over time? Did you also know that every night, your body produces almost half of a liter of sweat and that you naturally shed about a gram of skin? What this means is that your mattress is like a home to fungal spores, bacteria, bed bugs, and dust mites that want to feed on your dead skin. Additionally, did you know that the average mattress has about 2 million dust mites? That is gross.
The buildup of dead skin cells, grime, dust, and sweat accumulate on your mattress. And guess again if you think your sheets and mattress cover are protecting it. Little tiny bits of dirt and dead cells fall through your bed, making it their permanent home to fester or become food for mites. This is where the importance of deep cleaning your mattress comes in: here are several reasons why you should do it.
• You will replace mattresses less often. A mattress cover will help, but the accumulation of dead skin, sweat, and other bodily fluids will build up. Giving your mattress a thorough deep cleaning will help it last longer and stay fresher.
• Cleaning your mattress helps allergen control. Nighttime is when the most severe allergy symptoms occur, not just because it’s when pollens produce in greater numbers, but also because it’s when allergens that are worked into mattresses are just waiting to infect the next unsuspecting victim who breathes them in.
• Depopulate the dust mites. Dust mites are unavoidable, however, they can be controlled. Mattresses are one of their favorite lairs, so fight back by keeping it cleaned regularly.
• Just as clean sheets make you feel cozy, a fresh mattress will help you sleep better, too! Keep your bed fresh between cleanings by sprinkling baking soda on the fabric, then wait 15 minutes and vacuum it up. Doing this will help trap and get rid of body odors and the smell of sweat. Smells can also disrupt your sleep.
• Get rid of unwanted stains. Stains can be caused by eating in bed to pets, and children having accidents. Treating stains immediately can prevent discoloration, but it can protect your mattress from any smells in the future. The sooner you act on these once they happen, the longer your mattress will last, too.
• Cut down on germs! One of the most overlooked areas to clean when a flu epidemic hits your home is the mattress. You can keep it from re-infecting your household by giving the mattress a deep clean.
Make sure to invest in a mattress cover. This can be used as a barrier against moisture and other debris from getting deep into the mattress. Some mattress covers are made o control allergens and dust mites, which can be essential for members of your household who suffer from allergies or breathing problems.