By now, we’re all well-aware of the benefits of washing your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds to keep us from getting sick. The coronavirus pandemic has given us all a new-found appreciation for disinfectants and sanitizers. We’ve come to fully realize the significance of keeping ourselves—and our surroundings—clean!
As we continue to learn how we can steer clear of getting sick, mattresses and bedding can’t be ignored when it comes to keeping things clean.
A clean bedroom is good for you.
Keeping your bedroom clean can increase productivity, decrease stress, and improve mental health. A clean room can prevent you from getting sick. Here are our Top 9 Ways To Keep Your Mattress and Bedroom Clean.
1. Let’s Start with Your Mattress
One of the easiest ways to keep your mattress clean is with a mattress protector. A mattress protector is completely washable and helps provide a physical barrier that resists moisture, allergens, dust mites, mold, and mildew. Plus, you won’t even notice it’s there! (bonus tip: pillow protectors do the same thing for your pillow.)
2. Invest in Quality Bedding
Antimicrobial sheets are especially helpful for allergy sufferers but do wonders for any sleeper trying to keep their mattress clean. Coronavirus has made some sleepers hyper aware of their allergies. These antimicrobial sheets are treated with antimicrobial silver product protection to inhibit bacteria, mold and mildew.
3. Make Your Bed
Every day. One survey conducted by the National Sleep Foundation actually revealed that making your bed in the morning increases your chances of getting a good night’s sleep by almost 20 percent! While many of us are still at home due to COVID-19, your mattress and bedding can at least be made to lower your stress and improve your mood. So leave that snooze button alone, hop out of bed, tidy those sheets, and start your day off right.
4. No Outside Clothes on Your Bed
It’s a good idea to make sure you never sit on your bed or mattress with your outside clothes. No disrespect to your wardrobe (we’re sure it looks amazing on you) but your clothes can carry germs, bacteria, and viruses; all things you don’t want to contaminate your pillow, comforter, sheets, or mattress. What a great excuse to get in your PJs as soon as you get home.
5. Replace Your Mattress Every 8 Years
If you’ve seen our commercials, then you’ve heard us say this before: it’s important to Replace Every 8. After eight years, your old mattress practically doubles in weight with sweat, dead skin, and millions of dust mites that can make you sick. Check your mattress tag and if it’s over eight years old, it’s time to replace. Check out our wide selection of mattresses online or in store when you’re ready for a new one.
6. Check For Signs
If you’ve got rashes, asthma, or start to feel tightening in your chest when you lie down, you might be allergic to dust mites in your mattress. If you’re waking up every morning with lower back pain, stiffness, or sore muscles or joints, an old sagging mattress could be the cause. And, of course, if you’re just not getting a good night’s rest, your mattress might be on its way out. All these signs could mean your mattress and bedding need to be cleaned or replaced.
Now for the rest of your bedroom.
7. Nightly Clean Up
Night caps are cool, but have you ever woken up to a clean house? Set aside 15 to 20 minutes every night to take care of some of your top cleaning priorities in your bedroom. Set a timer and focus on the bigger messes in your room that pile up and create clutter. When you’re done, you’ll feel accomplished, relaxed, and ready for some well-deserved sleep.
8. Dust It Off
Here’s a fun fact: in just a single gram of dust (about the weight of a paperclip), there could be hundreds of dust mites. Yikes. Too much dust can become an incredibly uncomfortable nuisance for those with allergies or asthma. And if dust gets into your HVAC system (which it’s likely to do!) it will circulate through your entire house. So grab a microfiber duster or cloth and start dusting your bookshelves, nightstands, dressers, and ceiling fans.
9. Donate What You Don’t Need
Decluttering your house is a great way to stay organized, which also makes things much easier to keep clean. Instead of just getting rid of your old stuff, let someone else enjoy it by donating it to a charity like The Salvation Army or Goodwill. Take a Saturday morning to go through your closet and start making a pile of things you don’t use anymore. Then check the list of needed items at your local charity and set those aside. Make sure they’re clean and folded before you drop them off.
Start cleaning today.
So, yes, your mattress can make you sick, over time becoming contaminated with dust mites, germs and bacteria. Following these tips will help you keep your mattress and bedroom in tip-top shape. We spend about a third of our life sleeping in our bed, so it’s important to make sure your mattress is protected, your sheets are clean, and your room is tidy! Start today with at least one of these tips and we promise you’ll sleep better tonight.