Proper Bed Care Instructions by Marketplace Home Furnishings
Great Strategies for Maintaining Clean and Comfy Beds
You spend ⅓ or your life in bed, so it makes sense to practice regular and proper bed care. Quality mattresses and pillows, clean sheets, and comfy blankets are essential for a good night’s sleep, the benefits of which will carry on into your daily routine. After all, it’s difficult to get much of anything done with a sore back, a kinked neck, and a foggy mind. Learning and practicing proper bed care will go a long way in maintaining your bed, which will in turn reward you with all of the benefits of a good night’s sleep.
You’d be amazed by how much dead skin, dandruff, and body soil we leave behind in our beds, but because it’s generally not visible, it’s something we hardly ever notice. And let’s not forget those tiny dust mites that thrive off of that stuff – and the more that accumulates, the better they thrive. It’s not enough to simply change your sheets regularly, the cleanliness of your bed also depends on proper bed care through regular cleaning and maintenance. With these instructions from Marketplace Home Furnishings, you will learn proper bed care for your mattress, pillows, and blankets.
Cleaning Your Mattress
Most people neglect good bed care when it comes to their mattress, but why is that? Chances are, you’ve probably vacuumed your couch more often than your bed, even though you spend much more time on it. Here are five steps for deep-cleaning your mattress.
- Remove all sheets, blankets, and bedding from your mattress.
- Use an upholstery attachment on your vacuum cleaner, making sure to get in all of the various seams and crevices, since a great deal of body soil, dead skin cells, and all sorts of other uncleanly substances tend to collect in them.
- Spot-treat any stains that might be on your mattress with the right cleaner. Generally speaking, an upholstery cleaner or even an enzyme-based pet-odor remover will be sufficient enough to get the job done. If you don’t have that, then simply use 1 teaspoon of mild dish detergent combined with 1 cup of warm water.
- Deodorize your mattress by sprinkling baking soda over its entire surface. If this is the first time you’ve cleaned your mattress, go ahead and empty the entire 1 lb. box onto the mattress. Since you get the best results from leaving the baking soda on for 24 hours, you will want a backup place to sleep for the night. Exposing the baking soda-covered mattress to sunlight will also help the sanitization process.
- Vacuum up the baking soda with your vacuum’s upholstery attachment.
Washing Your Blankets
Good bed care means washing your blankets every two weeks.
- Shake off the blanket outside to remove any large pieces of dirt or loose dust.
- If you have never washed the blanket before, it’s a good idea to test a portion of it to make sure the color doesn’t bleed in the wash. Soak a small colored part of it in cool water for a couple of minutes, then dab it dry with white fabric or a paper towel. If you see a lot of color on the test cloth, avoid washing the blanket with other clothes.
- Choose a gentle wash cycle using cool water. Rough cycles can stretch fabric, and hot water can shrink fibers and cause dye to run, all of which can make your blanket come out looking worse than it did going in.
- Add a small amount (no more than a quarter cap) of mild detergent so that it diffuses evenly throughout the water. This way, it won’t be too highly concentrated, which can cause damage to your blanket and fade its color.
- Distribute the blanket evenly throughout the washing machine drum so that all parts of it are washed consistently.
- Turn the washing machine on. Heavy or synthetic materials can go through a full wash cycle, however, more delicate fabrics like wool or down can be taken out earlier.
- Place your blankets evenly in the dryer and select a low setting. For down or wool blankets, set the dryer to “tumble.” Delicate blanket materials should be monitored throughout the drying cycle.
Washing Your Pillows
- Wash two pillows at once to help keep them balanced in your washing machine. If you have an agitator-style washing machine, place the pillows in vertically so they don’t get wrapped around each other.
- Add a cup/scoop of regular detergent.
- Use warm water and a gentle cycle for your pillows. After that, it helps to add an extra cold water rinse and spin.
- Tumble-dry the pillows on a low heat setting. It’s also a good idea to fluff them regularly throughout the drying cycle.
Another important part of good bed care is taking care of stains. Generally, there are two types of stains: protein-based stains which come from the body and result in bacteria growth, and food and drink stains. First, let’s tackle body-fluid stains.
- Soak the area in cold water, as hot water tends to increase the odors resulting from these stains.
- Mix equal parts water, hydrogen peroxide, and baking soda.
- Work the mixture into the stain with a soft-bristled scrub brush.
- Dry the area gently with a clean towel, and then let it air dry.
For food and drink stains, use these methods for proper bed care:
- Red wine: Dab with paper towels (do not rub!), apply a solution of club soda and salt, let it soak, and then blot dry.
- Coffee: Dab with paper towels (again, no rubbing), mix two cups cold water with one tablespoon of liquid dish soap, wash with a cloth or sponge, and then finish by applying cool water which should then be blotted up.
- Chocolate: Start by removing excess chocolate. Then, mix 2 tablespoons of dish detergent with two cups of water. Blot the area with a clean cloth.
- Jelly: Soak with cool water. Then, mix 1 quart of warm water with one tablespoon of white vinegar with ½ teaspoon of liquid laundry detergent. Use this to soak the stain for at least fifteen minutes. Finish by rinsing with water and then blot-dry the area.
Marketplace Home Furnishings encourages you to use good bed care, as the benefits of a clean bed with quality materials is essential for your health and productivity.