The mattress is one of the most important elements of bed equipment. Night after night – sometimes also during the day – we lay our bodies to rest on this functional sleeping mat. The mattress is exposed to certain stresses and it inevitably leads to various types of “soiling”. In order to feel completely comfortable in bed and to enjoy the mattress for a long time, it is important to take good care of and clean the mattress. You can find out how to properly clean your mattress in this article in Betten.de sleep magazine.
Tips for caring for and cleaning the mattress
Correct care of the mattress is often directly related to its cleaning. With the right care, you can prevent some soiling and extend the life of the mattress.
Ventilation of the mattress
As already described at the beginning under “What a mattress has to do”, the mattress has to absorb a large amount of liquid every night. Good ventilation is necessary so that this can be released again without any problems. This ventilation is partly guaranteed by the gaps in the slatted frame. Nevertheless, you can and should actively contribute to optimal mattress ventilation.
Ventilate the bedroom every day as soon as you get up. It is best to fold back the duvet completely or take all bedding out of the bed so that the mattress can better “breathe” upwards. Since duvets and pillows also absorb fluids from the body during sleep, it is also advisable to hang or lay them down so that the bedding is well ventilated. You can hang blankets and pillows out of the window, for example, or place them over a chair.
The mattress should also be optimally ventilated from below. If you have a bed frame with a closed bed box, for example, open any existing drawers or pull the mattress out a little when airing so that the air can circulate better on all sides.
If your mattress is lying on the floor or an airtight surface, stand it upright to ventilate it.
Make the bed no earlier than two to three hours after getting up and if possible avoid using bedspreads or bedspreads. If you still want something more decorative, avoid synthetic products and choose blankets made of breathable materials such as cotton for your bed.
If you have the opportunity, it is advisable to ventilate the bedroom briefly for 10 to 15 minutes during the day. To do this, open the window completely and ensure that there is proper draft so that a complete exchange of air can take place. In general, make sure that the recommended indoor climate is achieved in the bedroom (see above: Pay attention to the indoor climate).
You should ventilate your mattress completely at least every three months. To do this, take the mattress out of bed and stand on edge. Leave the mattress for several hours with the window open. Please note that mattresses with a spring core, foam core or latex core must be protected from direct sunlight. If you own a futon or natural mattress, you should leave it out in the sun. The UV rays have a germicidal effect and the fibers of the mattress dry out very well. Before you put the mattress back in bed and cover it with a sheet, you should close the window and let the mattress stand for a while so that the mattress can still release moisture at room temperature.
If you buy a new mattress, it is advisable to let it air out properly before using it for the first time (period: approx. 12 to 24 hours). The substances contained in the mattress are generally not harmful to health, but can initially emit uncomfortably. This typical “mattress odor” on new sleeping pads disappears completely after a short time.
Turning and turning the mattress
In order to ensure that the mattress wears evenly and to prevent the formation of pits, the mattress should be turned and turned regularly. It should of course be noted that there are mattresses that can only be used from one side – here the mattress should only be rotated 180 ° and not turned.
A cotton futon should be put up, loosened and pounded every day. In addition, it should be turned every week.
Aids for cleaning mattresses
A highly recommended tool for properly cleaning the mattress is a soft brush . You can brush the mattress surface regularly with the brush. The brush can also do a good job of removing stains, for example if the mattress has a firm cover made of hard-wearing ticking, it is no problem to gently brush stains in the fabric.
Even if there are still people who use the carpet beater to clean their mattresses , this cleaning utensil is extremely unsuitable and should not be used at all. Apart from the fact that the cleaning effect is questionable, the use of the carpet beater can also cause the upholstery layers in the mattress to shift or fibers to be detached from the fine upholstery of the mattress.
The vacuum cleaner is very popular for cleaning mattresses . The use of the vacuum cleaner can, however, have a negative effect on the upholstery of the mattress (e.g. hardening due to displaced fillings) or damage the cover (sagging, pilling). If you want to use your vacuum cleaner, you should attach a special upholstery nozzle and vacuum the mattress surface with reduced power.
Special mite vacuum cleaners or dust mite vacuum cleaners are offered especially for allergy sufferers . These devices usually work not only with suction, but also with UV light, which is supposed to kill the mites. The effect of the mite suckers is, however, not entirely undisputed in specialist circles. Some vacuum cleaner manufacturers also offer special anti-mite vacuum cleaner attachments for their devices. Here, too, you should be careful not to work on the mattress surface with excessive suction.