Greatest Myths about Mattress Cleaning

Greatest Myths about Mattress Cleaning

Maintaining your mattress in a good condition is important if you want to sleep well and be healthy. Some of the things you need to do to prolong the life cycle of your mattress are to flip it two times a year, wash and change your sheets every week and to keep it clean. The latter can be difficult as they are too many myths on mattress cleaning that have been circulating for decades. It’s time to debunk them!

Mattresses don’t need to be cleaned

False! Not cleaning your mattress will not only wear it out faster than the usual, but it will also mean that you will sleep over a colony of bugs, dust mites and microbes every single night. That does not sound nice, does it? Therefore, thoroughly sanitise your mattress at least once every year. Also, clean it from dust every week or every month. By doing so you will greatly improve your sleep. If not, you may develop serious allergies, respiratory conditions and weaken your immune system.

All you need is a vacuum cleaner

Vacuuming your mattress is a great way to clean it since that won’t damage its structure and it will effectively remove the dust from it. Still, it will clean only its surface and it will leave things like fungi, pollen and mould to exist in peace and harmony. Therefore, do not be afraid to use cleaning supplies that were specially created for this purpose. Don’t forget to read the label of the product and that on the mattress itself to see whether they will make a good match. You can also use home-made solutions. Baking soda or hydrogen peroxide can do wonders. Water is also acceptable but in very moderate amounts. Otherwise, your mattress may never recover from its bath.

Sunlight can damage the mattress

Another common misconception about mattresses is that they should be kept away from sunlight. In reality, there is no truth in that. The sun will cause no damage. In fact, it is advised to take the mattress outside and leave it for a while. In that way, the moisture in it will evaporate and the fresh breeze outside will work like a natural ventilation. Yes, mattress moisture is a real thing and it is caused by body perspiration, high room humidity and etc.

You will never remove the bad odours

Once smelly, always smelly is not a phrase that can be used for mattresses. A bad odour can easily spoil your sleep but it won’t be the end of the world as it can be removed. Again, baking soda is a great solution for that. Just sprinkle it over the bed and leave it for half an hour. Then, vacuum it and repeat in case you can still smell the unpleasant aroma. For even better results, mix the baking soda with a few drops of your favourite essential oil before you sprinkle it.

Turn those myths into facts and – voila – your mattress will be as good as new!


Posted by: Monster Cleaning Brixton

Blood Stain Removal from Bedding and Clothes

Blood Stain Removal from Bedding and Clothes

Blood stains are not uncommon on bedding and clothing though they are notoriously hard to remove, especially when left for long time, or treated using the wrong cleaning product or solution. Keep in mind that removal of blood stains from common fabrics like cotton and polyester is quite straightforward, however dealing with blood stains on delicate fabrics like silk may require professional cleaning treatments. If the bed linen or piece of clothing has a care tag, by all means refer to it and follow instructions by Carpet Cleaning Dalston.

  • In all instances, the best chance you have to remove blood from fabrics is to act fast, while the stain is still wet/moist. Soak the affected garment or area of fabric in cold water this will prevent the stain from drying and becoming permanent. If dealing with a smaller sized stain just place the fabric under running, cold water, soak larger stains in a sink basin or bathtub.
  • Once soaked, rub the affected area with any old soap you have nearby, dishwashing liquid will also do. Work the soap/dishwashing liquid thoroughly over the stained area, on both sides of the fabric. Rinse the fabric, check results. You may need to repeat the process a number of times, so be patient and take your time.
  • The above steps are considered pre-treatment of blood stains and meant to facilitate a complete removal in combination with machine wash (if such is not achieved by pre-treating alone). Once you are done with the above, subject the fabric to regular machine washing. It is advisable to apply a moderate amount of formulated fabric stain remover directly onto the affected area/s, then machine wash as you normally would.

If removing blood stains from shaggier fabrics and rugs, you may refer to the above guidelines, except for machine washing as some rugs and shaggy fabrics don’t handle machine wash too well. Removing blood stains from shaggy rugs or longer strand fabrics is trickier as you need to work your way between strands, all the way to the bottom. This will require larger amount of cleaning product though start with a sparing amount first. If the blood stain is of small proportions you don’t have to soak the entire rug but the affected area only. If using a dedicated cleaning product test it out on a small, obscured area of the rug/fabric you are cleaning.

In all cases, never subject / pre-treat a blood stained fabric using hot or warm water. Blood contains various enzymes which solidify and became permanent stains when soaked in hot water – always use cold water only! Acting quickly is the first and most important thing when tackling blood stains – the longer the stain sits in the fabric, the harder it becomes to remove. Always look for care tags on rugs, garments and bed linen – following the washing instructions on tags will take the guesswork out of removing blood stains and prevent cleaning/washing damage to your fabrics. If using a specially formulated stain removal product, make sure it is suitable for the type of fabric/material you are washing.