Mattresses are no longer like in the past when it was just a piece of 5 inch thick foam that can be rolled for storing. Instead, mattresses are now made with more expensive and better quality material that can easily last for a decade – with the right maintenance, of course.
Below is a mattress care guide to correct some of the common understanding how to maintain your comfortable and plushy mattress to help prolong its lifespan:
Wrong Mattress Maintenance #1
My mattress doesn’t need cleaning because my mattress is guaranteed to be dust mite free
Many mattresses made by established mattress manufacturers are mostly treated with anti dust mite coating which justify their promises that their mattresses are free of dust mites – at the point of sale. But this promise does not guarantee your new mattress will be free from dust mites for a life time.
As you lie on the mattress, the anti dust mite coating on the mattress will gradually wears off over time. When the anti dust mite treatment totally wears off depends on how often you lie on the mattress and how you use the mattress. Generally by 9 months to a year, significant amount of dust and dust mites would have been accumulated within the mattress.
Wrong Mattress Maintenance #2
My Mattress Looks Clean so No Need to Clean
We often don’t think that the mattress needs cleaning because it looks clean except for occasional stains if there is any. Even if there is any stain, the mattress is always nicely covered with bed sheet and bed covers that are regularly washed and changed. So the thought of dirt and lingering living micro organisms deeply embedded within the mattress can be quite disbelieving to many.
The truth is we shed dead skin every day, mostly at night when we sleep, which penetrate through the bed sheet, all collected within the mattress together with airborne dust, excreted body fluids, and thriving micro organism like dust mites. All of these “rubbish” are not visible on the bedding where we lay on every night, but it doesn’t mean that they are not present in the mattress. In fact, the mattress contains the highest amount of dead skin, dust and dust mites compared to sofa, carpet, curtain and other soft furnishings.
Wrong Mattress Maintenance #3
Cleaning Mattress Needs to Use Shampoo and Water
Most people still have the perception that cleaning soft furnishings should use water and shampoo, just like bathing requiring soap and water.
Unlike sofa cleaning, leading mattress manufacturers are against cleaning mattress using liquid, which includes steam, and harsh chemical based cleaning agents like shampoo as this will damage the upholstery.
If there is any stain on the mattress, you are recommended to use mild soap and damp cloth to blot the fabric immediately after stain occurs and to quickly dry to prevent causing water marks to form on the mattress fabric.
The only recommended mattress cleaning method by leading mattress manufacturer is by vacuuming as this is the only cleaning method that will not introduce any fluid into the mattress and will not damage the upholstery quality.
Wrong Mattress Maintenance #4
Mattress Cover Can Stop Dust Mite Infestation
Fabric mattress cover commonly found in the bedding store is different from plastic mattress protector sold in allergy management store which is waterproof and non-permeable. Fabric mattress cover primarily acts as a mattress protector to prevent mattress from getting stained while plastic mattress protector’s main function is to keep dust and dust mite away from the mattress.
While plastic mattress protector is the most effective mattress filter against dust mites, this protector is uncomfortable to sleep on because it is warm and change the feel of sleeping on plush and soft mattress.
Because sleeping on plastic mattress cover is not as comfortable, most people turn to fabric mattress cover which claim to prevent dust mite infestation. While fabric mattress cover is a more comfortable alternative, most fabric mattress protector is not able to guarantee 100% filtration against dust mite, which means that some amount of dust and dust mites would still penetrate through the mattress cover into the mattress. Over time significant amount of dust, dead skins, dust mites would be collected within the mattress and infestation of dust mites continues.
Wrong Mattress Maintenance #5
I Vacuum My Mattress Weekly So No Need to Clean Mattress Professionally
Weekly vacuuming of mattress is a good housekeeping practice that is very commendable as not many households are able to accomplish this task. However, professional mattress cleaners should still be engaged as professional mattress cleaners are trained to understand the structure of the mattress, which part of the mattress contains the highest amount of embedded dirt, how to rotate and flip the mattress without causing injury or damaging the mattress, ensuring mattress is thoroughly cleaned during the mattress cleaning treatment.
Multipurpose vacuum cleaners are also made for general vacuuming purpose, to vacuum the floor, sofa, carpet, etc. While it can extract some amount of dust and dirt from the top 1 inch layer on the mattress, its motor power would not be sufficient to extract the rubbish from the thick mattress. Even if you manage to buy an expensive, heavy, industrial grade vacuum cleaner that claim to be able to clean mattress, the machine is bulky and not easy to maneuver, making it difficult for the user to ensure mattress is thoroughly cleaned. Because such industrial grade vacuum machine is heavy and not user friendly, more common than not, these machines are kept in the store room and used only whenever necessary.