Beds, bugs and bacteria

BPL441 20 November 2019

How to care for your mattress and when it’s time for a new one

Did you know that we spend around a third of our lives in bed? It’s therefore safe to assume that your mattress is not as clean as it was when you first bought it!

Read on for advice from Gardiner Haskins Interiors very own ‘Sleep Experts’.

The facts

Most people spend between six and nine hours of the day sleeping. The average person sheds around 454g of dead skin over a year, and if one-third of our lives is spent sleeping, that’s an accumulation of 151g of skin cells gathering in your bedding and mattress per year. 

According to the Sleep Council, the average adult produces 285ml of sweat each night, which adds up to around 104,000ml a year! Mattress protectors will go some way to reduce the amount soaking into the mattress. 

The average bed contains 10,000 dust mites that can produce millions of droppings which are known to aggravate allergies. If this read is starting to make your stomach turn, maybe it’s time for a deep clean?

Cleaning your mattress

First of all, give every side a vacuum with the narrow fabric nozzle.

For older stains: combine two tablespoons (30ml) of hydrogen peroxide with one tablespoon (15ml) of liquid dish soap and dip an old toothbrush in the liquid and use it to scrub the stain. Work the formula into the fabric and wipe away any excess as you go.

Avoid using too much liquid on memory foam mattresses as they are not designed to get wet. 

The next step is to deodorise it with baking soda, which absorbs odours.
Sprinkle some across the surface and let it sit for at least 30 minutes – the longer the better! Now vacuum it off.

Choosing a new mattress

If your mattress is getting old, has started to turn lumpy, or is beyond cleaning then it’s probably time for a new one. Gardiner Haskins’ team of bed experts have more than 40 years of experience and can guide you through the many different sizes and designs available. Create your own bespoke bed from brands including Harrison, Sleepeezee, Millbrook and Dormeo.

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