How to care for your mattress this autumn

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While a mattress may seem like nothing more than a comfy place to lay your head at the end of a long day, for some people it can be a source of discomfort and even severe reactions. Those who have allergies or asthma can react to all kinds of different triggers, and for many, their mattress is a trigger. A typical bed has about 10 million dust mites living in it. I know, gross, right? They leave behind body fragments and droppings, which can cause some pretty serious reactions in those who have dust allergies. So, what can you do to make sure your mattress is as clean and allergen free as possible? Here are some tips you can use…

Launder Linens Often

My first (and easiest) tip is to wash your linens on a regular basis. Usually changing the sheets and washing them once a week is good enough. Now as far as what temperature to use, experts recommend that it must be at least 60 degrees in order to kill the germs and dust mites that are lurking. If you happen to have a washing machine that doesn’t have a 60-degree wash cycle, then you can use a laundry disinfectant in the cycle.

Vacuum Your Mattress

Even with a mattress cover and regular laundering, dust mites and germs can still live in the mattress. It is suggested you take the extra step and vacuum your mattress on a monthly basis. Be sure to get all the cracks and crannies both on the top and bottom of the mattress. The boxspring is especially popular with dust mites, so this is a key area to vacuum. Use an upholstery vacuum attachment to really suck up all the dust. When I moved into my new home this year I got a memory foam mattress and I’m definitely going to keep on top of cleaning it and keeping it fresh.

Don’t let it get old

It would be great to think that each of these steps would do the trick but over time the mattress is just going to accumulate allergens, germs, and dust mites anyway. For this reason, you don’t want to wait too long before replacing your mattress. Regardless of how comfortable it may feel, it is recommended that you replace your mattress every seven to 10 years. Your pillow, on the other hand, should be replaced once a year. When trying to find a new mattress, comparison websites such as Best Mattress Brand are excellent sources for reviews and information regarding different mattresses – it would be worth searching through a few of these as they often share details of upcoming sales you can take advantage of, and might even find a useful review specific to people who suffer with allergies.

Invest in Dust-Mite and Allergen Proof Covers

One of the first things you can do to help lessen the allergens is to invest in dust-mite and allergen-proof covers for your mattress and pillow. These covers can be placed on the items and will stop the dust mites from getting past that barrier. The great thing is that these covers can then be easily removed on weekly basis for laundering.

A Comfortable and Healthy Sleep

For allergy and asthma sufferers, getting a good night’s sleep is dependent on how clean and allergen-free their mattress is. By performing these steps on a regular basis, you’ll be doing the best you can to keep your mattress free from germs and dust mites.

Let me know your tips for keeping your bedroom fresh and dust-free by leaving me a comment below 🙂

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Cassie Fairy
Cassie is a freelance writer with a Masters degree in Lifestyle Promotion Studies and is trained in Personal Money Management. She loves to 'get the look for less' so regularly shares thrifty-living advice, DIY interior design ideas and low-cost recipes on her blog.

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