As we spend a third of our lives in bed, it is important that we keep our sleeping surfaces clean and hygienic. During sleep, our body gives off sweat, moisture, skin cells, and heat – a perfect breeding ground for bacteria and dust mites. Although invisible to the naked eye, these can cause skin allergies, breathing difficulties, and will simply create an unhygienic environment for you and your family.
Here are 5 easy ways to keep your mattress clean and hygienic, but of course you’re already doing all of these right?!
1. Use a mattress protector
This is one of the easiest ways to keep your mattress clean. A good quality mattress protector will form a waterproof, impenetrable barrier between you and the surface of your mattress. This will keep your mattress surface free from moisture and bacteria. To see our range of specially selected mattress protectors click here. A quilt protector is also a great way to keep your quilt hygienic.
2. Wash your linen weekly
We all relate to washing our clothes after one or two wears, but some of us don’t apply that to our bedding linen. Washing your linen at least once per week will ensure it stays free of bacteria and dust mites, helping to keep your sleeping surface hygienic and the air in your bedroom clean.
3. Minimise moisture absorption
Keeping your sleeping surfaces free of moisture is critical in preventing the growth of bacteria and dust mites. One fantastic product that does this, is a fabric protector called protectME. ProtectME is a non-toxic, water based fabric protector, safe for your family, kids and pets. Check out our review here.
4. Let your mattress and bedroom ‘air out’
Many of us like to ‘make our bed’ in the morning to make our bedroom look aesthetically pleasing. The one issue with this is that covering your mattress creates a warm and humid environment for bacteria and dust mites to thrive. Now we are not suggesting you stop making your bed, but every few days, take your bed covers off and let your mattress ‘air out’ for a few hours. Additionally, it is always good to open your bedroom window regularly to allow fresh air to move through your bedroom.
5. Shower before bed
Even if it’s just a quick rinse down, showering before bed is a nice way to wind down and remove sweat and bacteria from your skin. This will hugely reduce the amount of bacteria that spreads into your sleeping environment, and what nicer way to slip into your sheets knowing that your body is clean!
So we hope that these tips are useful and help you to keep your bedding clean and hygienic. The right mattress will obviously help you get a good night’s sleep, but keeping your bedding clean is also a huge part of healthy sleep. If you have questions about sleep hygiene, please contact us! We are always here to help!
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