How To Remove Stains, Odors, And Allergens From Your Kid’s Mattress
If you have kids, then your kids’ bedroom is certainly not as neat as you want it to be. Children often play and make a mess in their rooms. Sometimes they spill a drink in the bed. Sometimes they leave grime and dirt on the mattress, especially if they have been playing with paint. As every parent, you certainly also want everything to be squeaky clean in your kids’ bedroom, even their mattress. Although you think this is rather hard or impossible, certain methods can help remove stains, smells, and allergens from your bedding.
Removing Stains From Mattress
No matter how careful you are, stains are inevitable. Even if you do your best to prevent spills and stains, you never know when accidents can strike. Keeping your mattress clean is very important. If not properly cleaned and regularly maintained, our beds and pillows can be filled with dust mites and sweat, or even mold. Just thinking about how gross your mattress may be on the inside can keep you awake at night. Taking care of your bed is even harder if you have kids because you will also have to deal with occasional bed-wetting and vomiting.
Before cleaning a stain, it is essential to identify it first. Is it dried blood or urine? Is it a drink or some food? It is important to remember that you should never use chlorine bleach for mattress cleaning because it can damage the fabric. If the area is wet, start dabbing the area with paper towels. Then clean it a bit with plain water.
If you need to clean dried blood, soak it in cold water. After that, combine 3% hydrogen peroxide, 1 tbsp. of table salt, and liquid dish soap to make a cleaning paste. Star by spreading the mixture on the stain. After it dried a bit, remove the excess paste. Now, dab a rag hydrogen peroxide and clean the stained area. This technique should prevent the stain from setting in and completely remove it.
If you have a steam cleaner, you should quickly remove the stain. However, if you don’t, you can use a spray bottle to cover the stain. Be careful not to spray too much water because you can push the stain deeper into your mattress. Gently wipe the area with detergent powder and allow it to soak for half an hour. Gently wash it with cold water, pat it and let it dry.
If you use mattress protector or an encasement, always remove it and machine wash with hot water. Hot water should be sufficient to clean the most stains. After washing it, it would be best to let it air dry. Air drying is healthy for getting rid of dust mites and other nuisance critters. To remove dust mites, you should also occasionally vacuum your mattress. Make sure you vacuum both its sides.
Deodorize Your Mattress
If you can, it is best to wash your mattress every month in order to eliminate all pesky odors. However, if you can’t wash your entire mattress, you can use baking soda to clean the smell area. Start by sprinkling the area with baking soda and cleaning it with a scrub brush. Leave baking soda to do its magic for 24 hours and then rinse it. Vacuuming your bed will also help remove foul odors. If you are dealing with a stubborn smell, use vinegar instead of baking soda. Note that vinegar has a strong smell and that it might present a problem to kids that are more sensitive to smells.
More than 50 million people in the United States suffer from dust mite allergies. If you wake up every morning with a runny nose, watery eyes and itches, chances are you are also allergic to dust mites. Dust mites can often trigger asthma and allergies in kids. In fact, along with mold spores, dust and animal dander, dust mites are one of the most common triggers of allergies in general.
Since it is impossible to remove dust mites from your home and mattress completely, you should focus on blocking them out. One way to block them out of your bed is to use a mattress encasement or allergen-proof covers. Before covering your bedding with allergy relief covers, you must sanitize it. Apart from cleaning and vacuuming your mattress, you should also regularly wash and dry your sheets and linens. Dust mites are killed at 130 degrees, so you should always wash your sheets on the highest settings. Changing and washing your linens once a week is enough.
When you have the time, leave your kids’ mattress outside to air out and to kill all bacteria. This should be done a very sunny or very cold day. It should be left outside for at least 12 hours. Beating the mattress will also help remove animal dander, dust mites, and dead skin cells. If you are leaving your mattress outside on a cold day, make sure it’s completely dry before putting it back into your children’s bedroom. If your bed is just a little bit wet, dust mites and other allergens will develop again. If you can’t dry your bed outside on the sun, use a fan or any other heating device to dry it completely.
Replace Your Old Mattress
If you are sleeping on a mattress that is more than seven years old and that has visible signs of wear off and damage, it is time for a replacement. Mattresses that are more than seven years old start to degrade, and due to this process they can never be entirely dust mite and allergen-free. An old mattress is filled with dead body cells, dust, mold spores, bacteria, viruses and who knows what more. If you want your kids to sleep healthy, it is best to replace their mattresses every seven to ten years. Memory foam and latex mattresses will help reduce allergens in the bedroom because dust mites and other critters can’t live in them. A Memory foam buying guide will help you choose the best mattress for your kids and yourself.
Get A Dehumidifier
Dust mites love humidity because it helps them to grow. In order to get rid of dust mites, you will have to lower the moisture in your bedroom to 35%. The best way to do this is to get a dehumidifier. Note that low humidity may bother some people and cause night sweats.
Although dealing with stains, odors, and allergens on a daily basis may look like a hassle, it’s essential for achieving good sleep. Only a clean bed is a healthy bed. Making sure your mattress is fresh-smelling, stain-free, and allergy-free will ensure your kids always get an undisrupted and good night sleep.