We all spend at least a 1/3 of our lives sleeping on our mattress so it is really important to ensure we look after it. Quality of sleep can have a profound effect on the quality of life of both kids and adults and can affect how well we all function. Most people just ignore it as it can’t obviously be put in the washing machine.
It is really important to look after your mattress as it can affect your posture and give you problems with your back or neck plus it can also harbour stains, dust, dirt and dust mites, chemicals from toiletries and even pollen. The average person perspires 1/2 pint of fluid every night and sheds a pound of dead skin cells a year – yuk!
6 Top Tips to maintain a good quality kids mattress.
- Rotate their mattress monthly, you need to follow the instructions that comes with your mattress as some mattresses can be flipped over and others because they have a mattress topper are just rotated so the top of the mattress is moved round so it is at the bottom.
- Ensure you have a sturdy base for support, if their mattress isn’t supported correctly it will start to sag.
- It is essential that you use a good mattress protector, this is because it will form a barrier between your kids bodies & their mattress and you can take this off and wash everytime you change your sheets. It is best to buy a good quality waterproof mattress protector that will ensure if they do wet the bed that the bed doesn’t get wet.
- Vacuum & deodorise their mattress monthly if you don’t have a mattress protector, every 6 months if you do. See below on how to do it.
- Allow their mattress to air every morning for around 20 minutes to allow any body moisture to evaporate.
- Wash your sheets regularly, otherwise there is a risk of spreading bacteria and can increase health problems such as asthma and allergies which is on the increase with children.
How often should you replace your kids mattress, pillows and duvet.
The Sleep Council recommends that a mattress should be changed every 7 years (probably for younger children this will be changed more regularly due to moving from cots to larger beds), duvets every 5 years and pillows every 2 years.
They also recommend that pillows should be washed every 3 months to eliminate the amount of skin scales, dead and living dust mites and their allergen laden dropping – Gross !
How to deodorise your mattress
To deodorise your kids mattress sieve baking soda over your mattress and leave for 30 minutes. The baking soda will absorb any odors and neutralise them but it won’t remove stains. After you have left it for 30 minutes then hoover with upholstery attachment.
If you add a couple of drops of essential oil such as lavender oil to the baking soda pre-siving and they will enjoy a few nights of the aroma.
How to remove stains off your wet mattress
The most important thing to remember is heat sets stains so you must never use warm or hot water in these situations. If your child has an accident and wets the bed or is sick you can remove stains & odours by following the following steps:
- If the stain is still wet blot with a dry cloth and remove as much of the liquid as possible, don’t rub as you will just push the stain further into the mattress.
- Using Distilled White Vinegar spray over the area using a spray bottle.
- Open a window or use a fan this speeds up the process of the vinegar breaking down the odour.
- Use paper towels to soak up the excess liquid.
- Sprinkle baking soda over the stain and leave it for as long as possible, the longer the better, after a few hours you will notice the baking soda abosorbing the vinegar & odours.
- Once dry hoover the baking soda.
- DO NOT put sheets back on a damp bed as this will encourage funcus to grow.
How to remove dried stains from your mattress
We have all been there and have missed that time when our kids have wet the bed and because of a busy life we don’t notice until its dried. If you find yourself in this position then follow the following and it should remove them:
- Mix 3 tablespoons of baking soda with 8oz of 3% Hydrogen Peroxide and 1 drop of household soap in a spray bottle by swirling it around – do not shake.
- Make sure you use a spray bottle with a wider hose so there is room for the baking soda & it doesn’t clog up.Spray over the stain and leave it for 5-10 minutes.
- Wipe or hoover up the dried residue and your stain should of gone, if it has been there for a while you may need to repeat this process again.
If you have any questions about anything above, please comment below.