We spend a lot of time on our mattresses over the years. But 40% of people in the UK say that they didn't know that they need to clean their mattress regularly.
Most of us have accepted that washing our bedsheets every week or two is just something you have to do. Yet when it comes to our mattresses, somewhere along the line we've decided that's just a step too far.
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They're one of the most important items of the home for our health and wellbeing, yet many people cover it with the best mattress topper within their budget and forget about it.
Bed specialist Time4Sleep recently ran a survey on the subject. It revealed that not only are 40% of Brits are unaware that they need to clean their mattresses regularly, but an alarming 22% admitted they have never attempted to clean it.
The average person will spend almost 19,000 hours sleeping on the same mattress. It’s recommended that we clean it once or twice a year. Without regular cleaning, your mattress can accumulate dust, sweat, and dead skin.
After all, we spend a third of our life in bed and the average person can sweat up to 22 gallons a year while they sleep. So it’s essential we make it a clean environment.
If you're not sure where to start, Jonathan Warren, director at Time4Sleep has offered a stain-removal tip. ‘For stains, it's best to invest in a mattress cleaning spray or a carpet cleaner and lightly spray over the affected area,' says Jonathan.
‘Dab the stain from the outside in (so you don't accidentally make the stain bigger) and leave the spray to work its magic before wiping away with a wet cloth.’ That doesn't sound too painful.
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Jonathan also explains that a thorough mattress clean could help tackle any allergy flare-ups you have been experiencing at bedtime and generally improve your health and sleep quality overall.