9 Common Mattress Cleaning Myths, Debunked
You should make your bed as soon as you wake up
False. Did you know that 80% of household dust (mites) is made up of your own dead skin, meaning that you’re always producing more?
What’s more, dust mites love the warmth of your bed, so in the morning, you should pull back your bed covers for 30 minutes and leave them to air and cool down, before you make your bed.
You don’t need to clean your mattress if it has a mattress cover
False. Although mattress covers are capable of protecting your mattresses from stains, spillages and other substances, they do not make your bed immune from dust mites and other allergens. It’s, therefore, important to clean your mattress every six months – using the change in the main seasons (summer and winter) as a reminder.
Mattress toppers/protectors don’t need to be washed as often as your bedding
True. Whilst mattress toppers and protectors are waterproof and can protect your mattress from stains, dust mites and bed bugs, whilst prolonging your mattress’ life – they still need to be cleaned to remain effective. However, they only need to be cleaned once every three months.
Inner cushion pads do not need to be cleaned
False. Everything in your bed needs to be cleaned at some point, including the objects that you don’t actually touch. You should aim to wash your inner pillows at least three times a year as they soak up all of your sweat, dust and skin.
You should strip your bedding and wash it once a week.
True. If you can, try and set washing your bedding as a Sunday ritual, so you are ready for the new week. If that’s not possible, there are things you can do to keep your bedding as fresh – such as not eating in bed, not allowing pets on your bed, and using skincare and body products at least 30 minutes before bed, so your skin absorbs them as opposed to your bedding.
Pillowcases should be changed the same number of times as your duvet cover
False. Your pillowcase can trap dirt, sweat and also the products you are putting on your skin before bed, so they should be cleaned more often than your duvet cover – around twice a week.
Washing your bedding at 30 degrees is sufficient enough
False. You should wash your bedding (and towels) at 60 degrees as this is the recommended temperature for killing germs. However, you will need to combine this wash with a good detergent in order to protect your bedding and keep it extra soft.
Sleeping in your underwear is hygienic
True – if washed sufficiently. It’s safe to wear underwear to bed, however, the NHS recommends that you wash your underwear at 60 degrees to prevent germs from spreading. Used pants can contain microbes which can cause urinary tract infections, thrush and more. You don’t want those kinds of microbes hanging around your beautiful bedding, do you?
Your pyjamas are fine to wash every couple of days
True. If they are your only layer and you wear them for a long period of time, such as to work from home in the morning, it’s best to treat them as garments that should be washed daily. But, if you change straight out of them in the morning and they are your second layer, you can probably get a couple of nights’ wear out of them.