With Spring officially returning on the 20th of March, there has never been a better time to shake off the winter blues and start some of those spring cleaning jobs around the home.
A mattress is an investment that can last many years, providing it’s looked after and properly cleaned, turned, or flipped a few times a year.
It can harbour sweat, as well as become a cosy hangout for dust mites, dead skin, and other debris, which can be irritating to both the mattress and the person sleeping on it.
Luxury British bedmaker Harrison Spinks is on hand here to advise on how to maintain and clean your mattress for a fresh and healthy night’s sleep that lasts.
Rebecca Mayes, Sleep Expert at Harrison Spinks said: “Your mattress goes through a lot in its lifetime so it’s important to take care of it and prolong its life as much as possible.
Generally, it’s recommended that we clean our mattress once every six months.
“It doesn’t need to be complicated or costly to do this, and you can clean and maintain your mattress easily using a few simple household items.
“For a deep spring clean use gentle, bleach-free, unscented laundry powder, or washing-up liquid mixed with a small amount of water.
Simply blot this onto any marks, and then apply a thin layer of bicarbonate of soda across the entire mattress to neutralise odours. Leave this for a few hours then clean it off with a clothes brush.
“A soft brush will also effectively remove dust from your mattress too, as you must never use a vacuum cleaner on beds that contain natural fillings, like all our sustainable mattresses, as this can displace the filings and pull the fibres through the fabric.
“Be sure not to soak your mattress, and instead tackle stains with a gentle circular motion. Once finished, allow the mattress to dry and then flip it over and repeat the process, before leaving it to dry out completely on both sides.
“Depending on the type of mattress you have, rotating or flipping it every couple of months can also help prevent damage and extend its lifespan.
Turn-free or pillowtop mattresses should be rotated, keeping the soft sleep surface at the top.
“Once finished, you should of course make your bed with fresh sheets.
Adding a mattress protector, ideally made from natural materials, which can be cleaned more often with a lot less effort, will also help to keep your bed in the best condition.
“Finally, make sure you’re cleaning your sheets every week, and your pillows and duvets every few months, to keep your whole bed feeling fresh.”
For more information about caring for your mattresses, visit: https://www.harrisonspinks.co.uk/under-the-covers/guides-advice