What treasure are we talking about? It’s both a thing and a place. It’s one that we take for granted oh so often, one that we spend a third of our lives (or more) cherishing. Many of us invest a small fortune in this treasure. It’s a vital part of our lives, a sanctuary where we do our thinking, sleeping, planning, sleeping and hiding. That’s right, we’re talking about our beds – specifically, our mattresses.
And yet, treasured as it is, the sofa that’s not in front of the television gets more cleaning attention than our mattress. Let’s be honest: any time you’re facing your bed, the last thing on your mind is cleaning it. Unfortunately, that lack of cleaning makes our treasure very tarnished indeed. On average, a bed mattress contains dead skin cells, stains from fluids, and is the home to about ten million dust mites.
Now, dust mites themselves are relatively harmless, but what they bring with them begs attention. For instance, although dust mites feed off the dead skin cells we leave behind, they leave their own deposits instead, like droppings and dead bodies.
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Dust mites (and their after-effects) are linked to several allergy-related symptoms, like sneezing, itchy eyes, hay fever, fatigue, and headaches. Not only that, but the remains of human sweat and other body fluids that seep through your sheets and into the mattress can also affect your overall health.
How to Maintain Your Mattress
First, change your sheets regularly – at least every two weeks, if not more frequently. When you remove your sheets, let your mattress air out for the rest of the day to discourage bacterial growth. If you haven’t flipped or rotated your mattress in the last month, this is a great time to do it.
Also, consider getting a mattress protector. They’re not just for little kids or people with retention issues. Mattress protectors create a barrier for your treasure (then it would be buried treasure – get it?). A mattress protector makes sure any spills or accidents don’t get through – and ensures that certain things lingering in your mattress don’t make their way up to you.
While you are changing the sheets and possibly rotating your mattress, take the time to vacuum it as well. This will remove a good portion of al the microscopic creatures and residue hiding inside. Keep in mind that your vacuum simply won’t have the suction to bring up all the things lodging deep inside. You’ll need much stronger equipment for that.
We Are Here to Help
Thankfully, Preferred Carpet Care has equipment, products and techniques to remove the stains, dust mites, and debris from your treasure. We sanitize your sanctuary, making it a healthy place to spend your time. A clean mattress typically leads to reduced allergic reactions, making your time with your treasure that much more peaceful.
- Posted by Rod Barth
- On November 21, 2019