Ashpinoke's Practical Guide to Cleaning and Maintaining Your Bed for Longevity and Comfort

Guide to Cleaning and Maintaining Your Bed

Your bed easily becomes a haven for bacteria with the 1/3 of your life being spent in it, it really does become your own little ecosystem. Not necessarily a bad thing, but it also can lead to the bad bacteria stacking up and ruining your day (or, most likely, night) with bad smells, bugs or even just aesthetics.

Here’s Ashpinoke’s helpful, practical guidance to help you make your bedroom a haven of comfort and beauty.

Find a downloadable (and printable) Image and PDF at the bottom of this post.

Immediate Actions:

  1. Spot clean spills and stains: As soon as you notice any spills or stains on your bed, attend to them promptly. Blot the affected area with a clean cloth or towel, avoiding excessive rubbing that could spread the stain. Use a mild detergent and water solution to gently clean the spot, and allow it to air dry completely.

  2. Remove and wash bedsheets and pillowcases: Remove bedsheets and pillowcases immediately after spills, sweat, or prolonged use to prevent the build-up of dirt and oils. Launder them according to the manufacturer's instructions using a gentle cycle and mild detergent, and ensure they are thoroughly dry before reapplying them to your pillows.

Every 2 Weeks:

  1. Change and launder bedding: Strip your bed of all sheets, pillowcases, and duvet covers, and wash them according to the care instructions. Use a gentle cycle and mild detergent, and consider adding a cup of white vinegar to the rinse cycle to remove any lingering odours. Dry your bedding thoroughly before making your bed again.
  2. Rotate and fluff your pillows: To maintain the shape and support of your pillows, rotate them regularly. Fluff them by gently kneading and squeezing to redistribute the filling. This prevents clumping and ensures optimal comfort for a good night's sleep.

Every Month:

  1. Wash mattress protectors: If you use a mattress protector (you should. If you don't have one, get one) remove it and launder it following the manufacturer's instructions. This step helps maintain cleanliness and protects your mattress from spills, stains, and allergens.
  2. Vacuum your mattress: Use a handheld vacuum or the upholstery attachment of your vacuum cleaner to remove dust, debris, and allergens from your mattress surface. Pay extra attention to the seams, corners, and edges of the mattress, as these areas tend to accumulate more dirt.

Every 3 Months:

  1. Deep clean your mattress: Vacuuming alone may not remove all deep-seated dirt and allergens. Sprinkle baking soda liberally over the entire mattress surface and let it sit for several hours (preferably overnight) to absorb odours. Then, use the vacuum cleaner to thoroughly remove the baking soda. Consider using a mattress cleaner or upholstery cleaner specifically formulated for mattresses, following the instructions carefully.
  2. Check for bedbugs and pests: Inspect your mattress, box spring, and bed frame for any signs of bedbugs or other pests. Look for small brown or black spots (bedbug faeces), shed skins, or tiny bloodstains. If you suspect an infestation, contact a pest control professional for appropriate treatment.
  3. Rotate your mattress: To ensure even wear and minimise sagging, rotate your mattress 180 degrees. If your mattress is two-sided, flip it over as well. This practice helps distribute your body weight evenly and extends the lifespan of your mattress.

Every 6-8 Months:

  1. Flip or rotate your mattress: If your mattress is one-sided, rotate it 180 degrees to promote even wear. If it is two-sided, flip it over and rotate it 180 degrees. This action helps prevent permanent indentations and sagging in specific areas, ensuring consistent comfort.  Some newer mattresses are designed not to be flipped, so make sure your mattress is flippable.

    Ashpinoke - flip and rotate mattresses

  2. Clean bed frame and headboard: Wipe down your bed frame, headboard, and footboard with a damp cloth or appropriate cleaning solution. Dust and dirt tend to accumulate in these areas over time, so regular cleaning helps maintain a fresh and tidy sleeping environment.

What to Watch Out For:

  • Avoid using excessive moisture when cleaning your mattress, as it may cause mould and mildew growth.
  • Check the care labels on your bedding to ensure proper cleaning and drying methods.
  • Be cautious with chemical cleaners and always follow the instructions to prevent damage to your mattress or bedding.
  • If you have specific concerns or unique mattress materials (e.g., memory foam, latex), refer to the manufacturer's recommendations for cleaning and maintenance guidelines.

Bedroom Maintenance Checklist - Ashpinoke 
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