We spend around a third of our lives in bed, so making your bedroom into a nice place seems like an obvious thing to do. Most people spend significantly on bedroom furniture and this helps to create a nice atmosphere, but simply taking proper care of your mattress can make the best improvements. Herein we consider some simple steps that you can take to keep your mattress healthy and clean.

Sun and Air

Making the effort to move your mattress outside can have a wonderful impact on the cleanliness of your mattress. The wind and air will help to remove any lingering smells from the mattress and the sun helps by acting as a natural disinfectant. Your mattress will even benefit from simply stripping the sheets and allowing the sun to shine on the mattress through the window of your bedroom.

Freshen it Up

Baking soda is a common remedy for absorbing unwanted smells and it works very effectively on a mattress too. Sprinkling baking soda over your mattress and leaving it for several hours will absorb any unwanted smells from the fabric and you can then vacuum it thoroughly to leave yourself with a fresh and clean place to rest your head.

Add a Scent

When changing your sheets there is a good opportunity to spray some scented odour remover on your mattress. You will need to allow time for this to dry once you have sprayed it on, but this will add a fresh scent to your mattress. Lavender or camomile are good scents to use because they actively help you to drift off to sleep.

Clean it Up

Accidents happen in bed whether they are from spilling a drink or from a young child having a bad dream. It is important to clean these messes up immediately, however, because otherwise the smell will linger. Absorbing as much liquid as possible with a towel is the first important step, but you should then sprinkle the wet patch with baking soda and leave it for at least a day to soak up the scent and the remaining liquid.

Remove the Covers

Making the bed before you go to work may seem like the right idea, but it is actually better to strip the bed and let it air out for the day. This helps reduce moisture build up and will keep your bed free from mildew.

Rotate It

To get the best comfort from your mattress it is sensible to rotate it every 6 – 8 weeks. You should rotate from head to toe before flipping the mattress, as this will ensure even wear all over. Rotating your mattress should ideally also be combined with airing it out to ensure freshness.

Use Heat

When washing sheets you should do so at the highest possible temperature because this will help to kill everything and anything that is living in them. Hot washes are the best means of keeping your sheets hygienic.

Replace It

Bedding can last for a fairly long time, but it is important to replace your sheets, pillows, covers and mattress on a regular basis. Whenever part of your bedding begins to lose shape or begins to look embarrassingly yellow, then it is time to replace it and throw it away.