With Sleeptember in full swing, we thought it'd be fitting to talk all things beds so in this blog were going to give some tips and tricks on how to wash and protect your bed, mattress and bedding. The feeling of jumping into a warm comfy bed furnished with soft, smooth linen and a plump pillow ranks among life’s best feelings. To ensure you get a great night's sleep consistently it's important to take pride in your bedding, both with buying and caring for it washing your bedding regularly will ensure this. The average person spends around 35% of their life sleeping, which means a whole third of your life is taken up lying under a duvet and on top of your sheets and pillow. It’s essential to regularly wash your mattress and bedding including your duvets and pillows, but almost a quarter of people have never even thought to wash their duvet and a third of people haven’t replaced their bedding in over a decade.
At Park we understand the importance of getting a good night's sleep and how it can benefit you, but also why you may not be getting that much-needed sleep. Read on to find our advice on how to properly clean your bed and bedding to ensure you get that all-important shut-eye.
Washing Your Bed
Your bed is one of the most important pieces of furniture in your home, you spend a lot of your time in bed and oils and dirt from your hair or body lotions, food and pets always find their way on to your bed and can quite easily ruin the material over time. However, the main reason to clean your bed regularly is dust, you can't avoid it however fastidious you are about cleaning but regular dusting will keep the amount of dust that forms down to a minimum. So, to prevent the deterioration of your bed it does require some TLC from time to time but as long as you have a clear and regular routine keeping your bed in good condition should never be too much of an issue. Below are some helpful tips on how to maintain and clean your bed frames and headboards.
Frames and Headboards
Bed frames and Headboards are generally manufactured from the same few materials: upholstery, wood and metal. The first step when cleaning any of these materials is to get rid of dust. Using a vacuum with an upholstered attachment, vacuum your bed frame and headboard. We also advise regularly checking headboard and leg bolts on your bed in case they need tightening this will prevent causing future damage. To get rid of stains and odours, follow our tips below.
Fill a bucket with water and a few drops of mild, liquid laundry detergent. Dip a cloth into the mixture, wring it out, and blot the stain. Dampen a second cloth with just water and blot the stain to rinse the soap off. Then with a dry cloth, blot the stain to soak up excess moisture. Let it air-dry.
If your upholstery is emitting an odour, pour baking soda onto a dry cloth and pat it into the upholstery. Let it sit for a few hours then vacuum it up. It's best to do this right before you strip your sheets, as the baking soda will fall onto your bed.
Mix equal parts hot water and white vinegar into a bucket. Take a cloth and dip it in the mixture. Wring it out so it is damp, as excess moisture will ruin the wood. Lightly rub the stain to remove it. Then with another dry cloth, rub it over the spot to remove excess moisture. If you have a wooden bedstead the colour of the wood will naturally mellow with age. However, prolonged exposure to direct sunlight may accelerate this process.
Metal bed frames can come in different forms from stainless steel, chrome, aluminium, copper, brass, iron, and more, so it is best to follow the manufacturer's cleaning instructions. Below are general tips for cleaning the different type of metals.
Stainless Steel, Chrome, and Aluminum
With a damp soft cotton or microfiber cloth, wipe down the surface. Apply a store-bought cleaner meant for that specific metal, and follow the label's instructions. Make sure to always go with the grain when working with stainless steel. With another damp cloth, wipe off the excess cleaning product, and buff with a new dry cloth. Metal that is allowed to stay wet will rust. Wash the frame on an as-needed basis or when doing a thorough housecleaning.
Copper and Brass
While commercial cleaners work well, there are some at-home solutions that work just as well. Place a small dab of ketchup on a clean cloth and wipe it over the stain. You can also cut a lemon in half, sprinkle salt over the pulp side, and use that to scrub the stain. With a clean damp cloth, rinse the ketchup or lemon and salt off. Wipe the area dry with another cloth. Metal that is allowed to stay wet will rust. Wash the frame on an as-needed basis or when doing a thorough housecleaning.
In a bucket, mix warm water and a few drops of liquid dish soap. Dip a dry cloth into the mixture, wring it out, and wash off the dirt and dust. Take a second damp cloth and rinse off the soap. With a third dry cloth, wipe off any excess moisture.
If your iron has rust spots on it, brush the area with a steel wire brush to get rid of loose flakes. Pour some vinegar directly onto the rust spot. Let it sit for ten minutes. With the steel wire brush, scrub the rust again. Rinse off the area with a damp cloth. You can continue this process until the rust is gone. You can also use sandpaper to get any really tough rust spots out. When you are done, dry the area. Metal that is allowed to stay wet will rust. Wash the frame on an as-needed basis or when doing a thorough housecleaning.
Firstly, simply dust your leather sofa and Wipe away any stains with a moist cloth, followed immediately with a dry cloth to avoid watermarks. To clean we recommend reading the manufacturer's directions regarding the best way to spot-treat a stain. Certain types of leather require specific cleaners. Generally, you can pour baking soda on a cloth and pat it into the stain. Let it sit for a few hours before vacuuming it up. Then mix a mild leather soap into a bucket with the label's recommended amount of water. Dip a cloth into the mixture, wring it out, and lightly dab the stain. Dampen another cloth with water and rinse the soap off. With a dry cloth, remove excess moisture and let the area air-dry.
Never use furniture polish, detergents or spirit-based cleaners as these can damage the surface of the leather. We recommend that you avoid placing the bed near radiators or fires as it may crack and dry out. Similarly, direct sunlight may cause some fading.
Textured and Micro Micro Suede
Textured Micro Suede is an exciting fabric, which has been manufactured to look like leather whilst providing all of the soft, sumptuous qualities of Micro Suede. These fabrics are water repellent and dirt resistant. However, should you need to remove any heavier stains, please use a neutral detergent and take care, not to over rub. Rinse with clean lukewarm water.
Scrubbing your Mattress
Avoid sitting on the edges of your mattress as this can affect its shape and cause it to lose its structure.
Avoid jumping or putting heavy weight on your bed to prolong your mattress's lifespan and effectiveness.
Use mattress handles, if provided, and do not overload divan bed drawers
Keep sharp objects away from your mattress to avoid tears.
How to Clean a Mattress
Although washing your bed linen is important most people tend to avoid going that extra distance and cleaning their mattress but cleaning your mattress is equally as important as your linens. While you may think that your mattress isn't dirty, especially if you normally shower before going to bed and if the mattress is stain-free, that's unlikely to be the case. Mattresses absorb a lot of dust and oils that you release during the night and without regular breathing can build up and be harmful to your health and the mattress lifespan. Below is the step by step process to cleaning your mattress.
Step 1: Clean the Covers
The first step is to strip your mattress of any sheets, covers, or pads. Follow any specific cleaning instructions if they are provided by the manufacturer, otherwise load the sheets into your washer. Use any laundry detergent you have lying around and put the water temperature on a hot setting to take care of any bacteria that may be lingering on your sheets.
Step 2: Vacuum
Using an upholstered brush attachment for easy accessibility, vacuum your mattress to prevent a build-up of dust, dander and dust mites. Make sure to get between the seams to make sure you pick up every last bit of dust and dead skin. It's a good idea to vacuum under the bed to remove dust at the same time, especially if you suffer from allergies.
Step 3: Rotate or Flip
Rotate your mattress from head to toe if it's one-sided, or flip it if it's two-sided. If it's the latter, make sure you vacuum both sides of the mattress. And rather than flipping your mattress once a year during the spring clean, it is advised that you do so once a month, this applies to standard and memory foam mattresses.
Step 4: Remove Stains
Knowing how to get stains out of a mattress will come in handy in your mattress’ lifetime. Use an enzyme cleaner instead of other alternatives to best break down the proteins in stains. Spray a clean cloth with the enzyme cleaner and use that to blot the stain. Let the cleaner sit for about 15 minutes while the enzymes get to work. Then, blot the stain again with the same cloth to further remove the stain. Wipe up any excess cleaner and blot the area with a cold, damp cloth. Remember that mattresses aren't waterproof, so it's best to clean slowly and steadily.
Step 5: Deodorize
Deodorizing your mattress is essential when considering how long a mattress lasts. Pour baking soda in an even layer across one side of your mattress until it is completely covered. Let this sit for a minimum of 10 minutes and up to a maximum of 24 hours. The longer the baking soda sits the more it will penetrate the fibres, removing odour and soaking up any moisture, you can speed up the process by leaving it near an open window to air. Once it has finished setting, vacuum up the powder. You may have to repeat this step more than once to make sure all of the baking soda is vacuumed.
Step 6: Dry
Let the mattress air dry to ensure that it is completely void of any moisture before you return the sheets. The best place to let it dry is by an open window that lets in sunlight. The UV rays will fight any existing bacteria, mould, and odours on the mattress, drying it out faster.
Step 7: Protect Your Mattress
We recommend buying a mattress cover to keep your mattress clean, free of dust mites and allergens, and protected against absorbing moisture. They are easily removable and washable. It will also reduce the need to vacuum the mattress as often.
Cleaning your Bedding
For cotton, unless stated otherwise, all prints and solid colours are washable at 60°C. Before first use, we advise you to soak your sheets and covers overnight in cold water (without adding laundry), then wash them in the machine at 40°C with a little bit of laundry. This process allows you to get rid of residual pigments, and minimise the shrinkage of your bed linen.
It is recommended that you wash your pillows more often than your duvet if you think about it they probably should be washed at least once a month. Most pillows can be washed up to 40°C or 60°C degrees, but always read the label. However, natural pillows, like the duvet may need professional cleaning.
Removing Stains - Natural Remedies
Removing these unwelcome marks needn’t be costly nor difficult. There are plenty of solutions to remove stains from bed sheets, be it using a specialist bed sheet stain remover or doing a little bed stain remover DIY with natural products. Perhaps the most recommended natural solution is a 50/50 blend of white vinegar and water. Simply spray onto the affected area, then leave to sit for 10 minutes before dabbing it off and popping into a regular wash with biological detergent.
Removing Blood, Urine or Sweat Stains
If the stain isn’t too stubborn, try first using a small amount of laundry detergent, rubbed in and left to work its magic before washing between 40C and 60C using a biological detergent. If you’re in need of a tougher bed sheet stain remover, an enzyme-based pre-soaking agent, or a solution of soda crystals will wet the stain again without setting. Then, pop into the wash at up to 95C with your usual biological detergent.
Remember – if trying to remove blood stains, always use cold water to start with. Warm or hot water could set the stain. For blood stains that won’t budge, leave the sheets to soak in a diluted mix of hydrogen peroxide (you’ll be able to pick this up from a chemist) and then wash as normal.
Protecting the Colours
If possible, wash all items of the same set at the same time so that they look the same over time and after multiple washes. Turn over on the pillowcases and duvet covers, and never mix intense colours with light colours when doing the laundry. Do not overfill the drum with bed linen, so that the washing stays efficient and your laundry is less creased. When the wash cycle is finished, do not wait to take out your clothes to extend or dry.
Drying and Ironing
Using washing lines to dry your bed linen is always preferable. If you use a tumble dryer, do not overload it to avoid creasing that will be difficult to remove. The ideal would be to iron your bed linen when it is still slightly wet.
As obvious as it may seem when it comes to cleaning your bedding, carefully follow the care label instructions. Cotton, down and synthetic duvets and pillows can normally be machine washed, however, foam pillows need to be gently hand washed. Something you may not know is that when washing bedding, you only need to use a small amount of detergent – almost a third of what you’d use for a normal laundry load.