8 Myths About Cleaning Bedding and Mattresses

The dirt and stains you can find on your bed are shocking. However, so are the many myths surrounding how to clean them! Learn more in this article.
8 Myths About Cleaning Bedding and Mattresses

Last update: 04 September, 2021

One of the places we spend the most time is in bed. Therefore, you can’t imagine the number of mites, bacteria, and dust that build up in it. But do you know the best way to go about cleaning bedding and mattresses?

The reality is that it’s essential for your health and rest. However, as with so many topics, everyone has an opinion, a belief, and an experience. We’re going to dispel the most common myths about cleaning bedding in this article.

Read on to get to know them!

The common myths about cleaning bedding

1. If you have a protector, you don’t need to clean the mattress

Quite contrary to what most believe, mattress covers or protectors don’t prevent dust mites and other microorganisms that cause allergies. In fact, according to the National Pest Management Association, mattresses can contain up to 2 million mites that can double in weight after 10 years.

The protectors only work to filter some spills because they’re waterproof, but they’re not magic. So, it’s a good idea to clean your mattress twice a year. A good trick is to clean it when the seasons change.

2. You don’t need to wash mattress toppers when cleaning bedding

Although you don’t need to wash them as often as your sheets, you do need to clean mattress toppers. Ideally, do it every six months when you clean your mattress or every four months.

3. Make your bed as soon as you wake up

Keeping things tidy all the time doesn’t apply here, because mites are more active in the heat. After eight hours of rest, your mattress will be warmer than ever.

You will ruffle them and put them in the air if you make the bed right away. Let them cool for at least half an hour. When you make it, open the window to let fresh air in.

Bedding drying outside.

4. You don’t have to clean the pillows

Dirt, sweat, saliva, dust, and much more lives on them. Pillows end up receiving all of this.

They are bed accessories that you always touch, which means you should clean them every three months. After several washes, it’s best to replace them with new ones.

5. Clean your bedding at 100ºF

You may not know how important temperature is when washing your bedding. However, the best thing to do is wash them at about 140ºF, since it will kill any germs.

6. Only wear your pajamas once

The hygiene of your pajamas depends on many factors. For example, if the weather is warm and you sweat in the middle of the night, you can’t wear your pajamas more than once.

On the other hand, if you just showered and sleep in a cold room, you might be able to wear them twice, as long as you take them off when you get up. Regardless, if it looks dirty or smells bad, put it in the washing machine!

7. You can sleep in just underwear

The truth is that going to bed with just underwear, without pajamas, is completely fine, as long as everything is clean. The problem happens when this garment is contaminated with the bacteria from the genitals.

This way, germs will spread more easily throughout the bed. Then, this will eventually lead to health problems that no one wants to have.

8. You need to change all sheets and bedding at the same time

This isn’t true. Pillowcases and comforters or duvets are two things with different uses, so you need to clean them differently.

On one hand, you only need to wash blankets every week or 15 days. On the other hand, pillows directly receive sweat and face products, so you should clean them every 3 or 4 days.

Tips for cleaning mattresses

Properly cleaning mattresses will be reflected in your quality of life, as it represents health and daily rest. Also, one of the benefits is that it will last much longer. Follow these tips.

Ventilate your room every day

When was the last time you opened your window? Whether you remember it or not, you should do it every day for at least 5 minutes, preferably between 7 and 10 in the morning. Ventilating your bedroom is key to your cleaning routine.

Cleaning bedding: Mattress stains

You can’t prevent mattress stains because there is a large number of liquids and fluids that, even with a protector, can reach that surface. Some of the best products include baking soda or paste, lemon, white vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, and cold milk.

For each stain, there’s a specific procedure that we’ll explain to you. The best for each problem is:

  • Sweat stains: lemon with water, white vinegar (mixing one part vinegar and four parts water), or a combination of three tablespoons of ammonia, four cups of water, and three tablespoons of liquid soap help get these stains out.
  • Vomit and urine stains: it’s best to spray lemon water because it removes stains, and the fruit has an antiseptic property. Another option, especially if the stain is dry, is to sprinkle baking soda, cover with plastic, let it rest, then vacuum.
  • Bloodstains: hydrogen peroxide is very helpful. You just have to apply a little, wait for the bubbles, and remove them with a white cloth.
  • Moisture stains: whether caused by sweat or spilled water, moisture is another cause of stains. First, dry the mattress in full sun or with a hairdryer, add a small portion of solvent, rinse with lukewarm water, and finish by spraying a little bit of disinfectant.

Deep clean your mattress every six months

Take advantage of the season to clean your mattressTo get rid of unpleasant odors, sprinkle some baking soda, put on a cloth or sheet, and let it do its thing for a couple of hours or a day.

Avoid wetting your mattress to clean it because it shouldn’t be soaked! This damages the upholstery and causes mold, fungus, and bacteria to grow. Therefore, you shouldn’t use steam cleaners.

It’s also not a good idea to hit it to shake off the dust. Always go for the special bed and upholstery vacuum. Vacuum, apply a disinfectant spray or hydrogen peroxide, rub hard, let it dry, and you’re done.

Tips for cleaning bedding

Bedding also requires special care. Just like we showed you how to clean your mattress, we’ll also help you clean your sheets and blankets.

Take into account the manufacturer’s recommendations

Each fabric has special characteristics, and this affects the way you should wash or dry them. Maintenance varies, but the end will always be the same.

Reading the label carefully, you’ll realize that sometimes, you can only wash by hand with a maximum temperature.

Clean it every week

This is the best time, but you can use several tricks to go longer between washes. First of all, don’t let your pet in bed with you, don’t eat in it, and apply body lotions a while before going to bed. That way, they don’t get all over your sheets and blankets.

A boy eating pizza in bed.

Remove stains before washing sheets and blankets

Before washing, check the bedding to make sure that there are no stains. If you find some, use any of the procedures we mentioned for mattress cleaning. They will work just as well.

Separate the garments when cleaning bedding

We all want to finish housework quickly, but in that rush, we tend to wash bedding with rags, pajamas, and whatever else we need to wash, which is a mistake. You need to separate garments according to material, use, and color.

Wash properly

Don’t overload your washing machine. Pour in the soap first, then put the bedding in. Work with the wash cycle we mentioned at a temperature of 140ºF, especially if they’re cotton.

A useful tip is to apply a fabric softener to be softer. However, be careful not to use too much, since it can leave residue, harshness, or very strong odors.

Keep reading to learn more: The 8 Most Common Mistakes When Washing Dishes

Dry for the necessary time after cleaning bedding

If you prefer the dryer because it’s more comfortable and faster, choose a cycle that doesn’t overheat. If you want to save energy and take advantage of the sun, do it outside.

It’s best to touch it every so often and grab them as soon as they’re dry so the fabric doesn’t lose its color or softness. To avoid wrinkles, shake the bedding after washing and drying

Finally, don’t keep your mattress for too long

For your chores to be successful, there are still several things you need to know. First, your mattress shouldn’t be more than 10 years old. Otherwise, it becomes a pollutant source that will threaten your health with allergies, infections, skin conditions, or respiratory symptoms.

Don’t limit yourself to cleaning mattresses and your clothes. Include everything related to the bed. Also, keep in mind that you spend a third of your day in that space.

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