Yes, it is a THING, people. We know it’s one of those cleaning jobs that seems a little pointless. You put a cover on it when you sleep under it, right? But Maid Service Olney wants to tell you your duvet should be cleaned regularly – every six months or so. If you live in a warm climate or your pets regularly join you on the bed (hmm!), then washing the duvet more frequently is advised.
There are rules for duvet washing. Don’t wash it with the cover on. You might need to use a laundromat, as domestic washing machines are limited in size and fitting in a king-size duvet won’t work. Gentle detergents work best, and you can use baking soda or borax to keep the duvet a nice white color.
What about the other things that make up your bed, such as the mattress and the pillows?
The pillows have the eww factor for sure, Maid Service Olney assures you. Doctors have discovered that almost a third of the pillow’s weight can be made up of dead skin, bugs, mites and their feces… Your average unwashed pillow can have as many as 16 species of fungi on it. Washing them every three months or so, checking the instructions so you use the right temperature setting.
Then, there’s your mattress. Again, like the duvet your mattress spends most of its working life covered. But keeping it clean is essential, as this will preserve its life. Mattresses usually contain traces of sweat, blood, urine, other bodily fluids as well as mold and dust mites.
Vacuuming or steaming the mattress every six months will help clear up dust mite feces that can cause allergic reactions, as well as get rid of the fungi and mold spores. Once you have vacuumed your mattress, deodorize it by sprinkling it with baking soda. Using a soft brush, work the soda into the mattress and then vacuum once more. You should then flip the mattress and do the other side.
If you want to make mattress cleaning as simple as possible, buy a machine-washable mattress topper. It won’t need cleaning as often as you change your sheets, which should be every week for best effect.
Here at Budget Maids we provide cleaning services in Reston, a Maid Service Olney or cleaning services in Columbia and surrounds, and more. Why not give us a call today and let us help you ensure your bedroom is as clean as your bed?