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Spring clean your bedroom!

11th April 2022

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Spring has most definitely sprung here in the UK. Wave goodbye to winter and stride on into spring with a clean bedroom and a clear mind. With the days getting longer, now’s the perfect time to utilise the extra hours of daylight available.

Piles of clothes, bills and paperwork, dated décor – is your bedroom looking cluttered and neglected? It sounds like a good clear out is in order, pick up some storage boxes and new bedroom furniture and paint the walls a calm colour. Invest in a good, supportive pillow and choose bed linen made from natural fibres. If you’re short of space, choose a bed with divan storage; if you’re stuck for ideas, find out how to create your own sleep sanctuary, with our lifestyle and decor inspiration here.

Another brilliant place to start when giving your bedroom a refresh is your bed. Your mattress goes through a lot in its lifetime. We spend over a third of our lives in bed, so it’s really important to look after your mattress with regular cleaning and taking the necessary steps to protect it. If your bed is in need of some TLC, there’s no better time to learn how to keep your mattress in tip-top condition using just a few household items.

Here’s our step-by-step guide on how to clean your mattress and protect it between cleans.

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How to clean your mattress

Remove dust from your mattress every few months using a soft brush. If your mattress contains natural fillings, never use a vacuum cleaner. Even if you have a specific mattress attachment, vacuuming can displace the natural filling and pull the fibres through the fabric.

To deep clean a pocket sprung mattress you’ll need:

  • Gentle, bleach-free and unscented laundry powder or washing up liquid
  • Bicarbonate of soda
  • A clothes brush or similar
  • Cleaning cloths
  • Cold water

Step-by-step guide for cleaning a mattress:

  1. Completely strip and wash all bedding
  2. Closely check your mattress for any stains or damage
    This will help you understand which areas you should take the most care and attention around when cleaning.
  3. Blot stains with laundry powder/washing up liquid and water
  4. Apply bicarbonate of soda
    Sprinkle a thin layer across the whole mattress - this will neutralise any odour. Leave it for a few hours and then brush it off the mattress thoroughly to remove.
  5. Flip mattress and repeat
  6. Leave to dry completely
  7. Remake the bed
    Once the process is complete and your bedding is dry, remake your fresh, clean bed ready for a dreamy night’s sleep.

You can clean any Harrison Spinks mattress using the above method.

How to clean a mattress brush clean

You should aim to clean your mattress every couple of months to ensure you’re getting the very best out of it. As unpleasant as it might sound, your mattress is likely to be a secret hideout for dust mites, dead skin, dirt, and other debris, which can all be irritating, especially if you suffer from allergies.

It is also most likely harbouring sweat. Even if you don’t wake up particularly sticky and sweaty, it’s something that we all do at night, and unfortunately it has nowhere else to go but straight into our bedding and mattress.

Regular cleaning can extend your mattress’ lifespan, but make sure you know the difference between your mattress needing a clean, and needing to be replaced. Keeping it for too long can bring on a whole host of problems and, most importantly, an old mattress won’t be giving your body the support it needs. Remember to replace your mattress every eight years to ensure good hygienic and comfort. Choosing a new mattress can seem like a daunting task, so visit our blog section for advice on finding the right one for you.

Give your bedroom the attention it deserves this spring and you'll have your own perfect sleep sanctuary in no time!