When Spring rolls around, it’s easy to get caught up in spring cleaning your house – emptying cupboards and dusting those little-seen corners, but how often do you spring clean your bed? While it’s recommended that you wash and change your sheets once a week and bedding every two weeks – cleaning your actual bed and mattress needs doing less regularly, but is equally important!
Bed design and manufacturing company, Sonno, shares some insider tips and tricks on how to give your bed a proper spring clean – from using baking soda to freshen up the mattress to machine washing your pillows.
The best way to tackle cleaning your mattress is to strip the bed down completely and start by sprinkling baking soda on the mattress and letting it sit for an hour to act as a natural deodoriser. Once the hour’s up, you can vacuum the mattress to pick up dust and dirt using the upholstery attachment on your vacuum cleaner. While vacuuming, make sure you check for any stains as these should be cleaned using warm soapy water or tougher stains and left to dry before you remake your bed.
If you’ve got time to go the whole nine yards, remove your mattress from the bed and flip it over to vacuum the other side, and then make sure you give the sides a hoover too. You can even sprinkle a few drops of essential oil onto your mattress to give it a lasting, fresh scent.
Headboard and bed frame
If you have a wooden headboard and frame, cleaning these should be pretty simple. All you need to do is give them a thorough dusting or wipe down with warm soapy water – ensuring you get into all the nooks and crannies.
For fabric headboards, you can use a lint roller to remove excess dust on the fabric, and warm water to gently dab away at any marks or stains.
Pillows and duvets
Nowadays, most pillows or duvets can go in the washing machine – so make sure you check the label to see what temperature/setting they can be washed on and let the washing machine do the hard work. It’s best to do your pillow and duvet wash in the morning on a dry day, so you can hang them on the washing line to dry out. Some pillows may be suitable for the tumble dryer
Sheets and duvet covers
Hopefully, you wash and change your sheets and duvet covers every week or two, but it’s easy for stains to accumulate on bedding – especially if you have children or dogs at home. While you’re giving your bed a spring clean, it’s worth giving your sheets a good machine wash with some stain remover and fabric softener to keep them feeling fresh and soft.
Under the bed
Last but not least – you need to move your bed and clean under it. You’ll be surprised how much dust can accumulate over time. You should move your bed from its normal spot, vacuum under it, and give the slats a wipe or dust while you’re at it.
It’s also important to give any skirting boards or other areas under the bed a clean too, to prevent dust build-up.