Is your mattress…showing its age? Past its prime? Have you and it come to an impasse, and you’re one step away from kicking it to the curb?
Conventional wisdom (to say nothing of mattress stores) will tell you to replace your mattress if you’re consistently sleeping poorly, find it lumpy and uncomfortable, or simply have had it over 8 years. Prevention Magazine corroborates those guidelines, noting that, “A good mattress lasts 9 to 10 years, according to the National Sleep Foundation, but consider replacing yours every 5 to 7 years if you don’t sleep well.”
So if you’re sleeping just fine, but are concerned about your mattress’s age, cleanliness or ~ ahem ~ its odor issue, then consider giving it a much-needed refresh. Here are three smart tricks we discovered to give your mattress that pick-me-up it deserves.
Wash that mattress cover!
Note: You ARE using a mattress cover, right? If not, you should – depending on the kind you have, a good mattress cover can help protect you from dust mites (which is particular helpful if you’re allergic to them – and many people are), as well as other allergens and bed bugs. Waterproof mattress covers can protect mattresses from spills, leaks or liquids that would then make a mattress more susceptible to mold growth.
TIP: Wash your mattress cover with 1 cup of vinegar on the hottest setting allowable (instructions should be on the mattress cover label). Tumble dry in the dryer, or, if you wish, let it air dry outside in the sun.
Get rid of that smell!
A years-old mattress can definitely acquire…an odor.
TIP: To make it smell better without dousing it in artificial chemicals, mix a few drops of an essential oil (lavender is popular) with about 16 oz of baking soda. Once the oil has been mixed it, pour the baking soda into a sieve and, with your hands, evenly distribute the mixture over your bare mattress, gently rubbing it in. Let sit for an hour, then vacuum up the baking soda.
Afterward, you can use a DIY linen spray made from 1 oz of distilled water mixed with 15- 20 drops of your favorite essential oils. Put mixture into a small spray bottle and keep by your bed for a weekly spritz. This is also great on linens, as well.
Call in the professionals!
If you really want your mattress given a deep cleaning treatment, or if you’ve just purchased a mattress and want to make sure it lasts as long as possible, call in the pros. There are companies that can treat your whole home for things like dust mites and odor, including your mattress. Beyond by Aerus relies on its ActivePure Technology – which replicates a cleansing process naturally found in nature – to rid your home and mattress of allergens, contaminants and odor.
For more information about our process, or to schedule a visit for your home, visit www.BeyondByAerus.com or find us on Facebook.