You have heard it a million times as you were growing up. You must make your bed once you wake up and keep it tidy. But have you ever thought about your mattress cover? A mattress cover protects your mattress from the direct onslaught of dust and dirt and even allergens of different kinds. There are two different styles of mattress covers available in the market. Some are a loose-fitting pad that sits on top of the mattress and is held in place with straps. The second kind of mattress cover encases the whole mattress. There are zippers on all sides of the cover and your mattress is sealed in from all sides. You can also buy a waterproof mattress cover for a few extra bucks.
Caring for the mattress cover
Most people assume that by encasing their mattress in a mattress cover, they have done their job. They forget that the mattress cover too needs regular clean up as it cushions spills and is exposed to allergens, dust mites, and dirt. If you use your mattress frequently, you must clean your mattress cover at least once in two weeks.
Many people think that having a mattress topper or a mattress pad is the same as owning a mattress cover, but it is not. Toppers come in different varieties, and each variety has separate washing instructions. It is always recommended to follow the washing instructions on the label to ensure longevity of your topper or mattress cover. For instance, the memory foam mattress topper cannot be dunked in a washing machine! Soaking it in a tub of water will spell its premature death.
Washing the mattress pad at an interval of a few months
If you own a mattress pad, wash it once every 2 months. If you change your bed linen regularly, you can protect your mattress pad from getting way too dirty. As with toppers, follow the manufacturer’s instructions to wash your mattress pad. However, if you do not find any specific instructions, you can wash them in the washing machine in lukewarm water. Once washed, they can be tumbled on low to dry.
In case of exceptions
A mattress cover in a guest bedroom may not need to be washed every so often. However, if you have children and pets, you are bound to have accidents and spills on the mattress. Strip the mattress right away and wash your mattress topper or pad, so that the spill doesn’t get transferred to your mattress.
Similarly, if you are allergic to pollen, or suffer from asthma, wash the mattress covers as often as you possibly can. Your nose will be the best judge. But as a thumb rule, wash the mattress topper or pad once a month at least. Small water spills can be absorbed using a hand towel right away, but stains and drinks must be tackled without procrastinating. If you do not wash your mattress topper and pad when you drop your bowl of soup or cola on it, you are inviting pests and mold to grow on your bedding.
Upgrade to a waterproof mattress protector
Homeowners with young kids and pets prefer buying waterproof mattress protector. This helps in protecting the mattress from getting soiled when your child accidentally overturns a glass of juice on your cozy mattress. The liquid remains on the surface of the protector and can be wiped away with a cloth or tissue. However, this protector needs to be cleaned often too as it can accumulate lots of germs and contaminants over time.
The best way to keep your mattress topper clean is to schedule reminders every 4th Sunday of the month to change the linen and clean your topper before you make your bed again. This will keep your mattress and its cover squeaky clean and your family healthy!