As you lay down to sleep, dust mites and bacteria lurk beneath your sheets. While dust mites can live without food for a year, the reality is that they rarely have to! That’s because every night, we shed 10,000 million scales of bacteria-laden skin onto our mattresses, offering unwanted dust mites a tasty feast. Since one-third of your life is spent asleep in bed, we recommend taking these extra steps to banish bacteria and reduce allergens.
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Don’t stop there! After doing some basic mattress maintenance, you can turn your attention to bedroom style. Instead of breaking the bank buying fancy pillows or frivolous frames, try a touch of paint! Faux headboards are an inexpensive, versatile and trendy alternative. Here’s a peak at just a few of the stylish faux frames popping up in bedrooms across the country. What kind of designs can you dream up?
1) Flip Your Mattress Grab a friend, because this is a two-person job. Every six months, flip your mattress over so the top is now the bottom, and turn it so the foot of the mattress becomes the head. This distributes the wear on your mattress and prolongs its life.
2) Wash Your Sheets Regardless of your thread-count, sweat, dust mites and bacteria permeate your porous sheets and eventually reach your mattress. Once a week, wash your sheets in scalding hot water and then tumble dry. If you regularly hit the hay without showering, you might want to consider a twice a week wash.
3) Clean Up Stains Spilled drinks, urine and even blood can leak through the sheets and stain your mattress. If the stain is fresh, blot the area to remove as much moisture as possible. Then, use a spray bottle and apply hydrogen peroxide to the area and allow it to sit for about five minutes. Blot the spot dry, then sprinkle baking soda over the area, and allow it to sit for several hours. To clean, simply brush the baking soda off. If the stain persists, repeat the process.
4) Use Dust Mite Covers If you’re allergy prone, sleep can be anything but peaceful. Dust, dander and dust mites build up in your mattress if it’s unprotected. Covering your mattress and pillow delay the growth of allergens and keep your mattress clean. Don’t worry; these aren’t the crinkly-plastic variety of the 1970’s! Silk and wool covers like Allergy Advance allow for a quiet and peaceful night’s sleep.
5) Wash Your Mattress Even if you cover your mattress, unwanted creatures can still creep in. Twice a year, strip and vacuum your mattress. Fight the urge to spray it down with a cleaning solution because moisture on your mattress will promote the growth of mold and mildew. Always try to keep your mattress as dry as possible.
For other practical tips and tricks for your bedroom, read: Maintain Your Mattress.