Why you shouldn’t make your bed every day after waking up, according to experts
If you’ve ever been told that as soon as your feet hit the ground in the morning you should make your bed, you might want to think again.
Many people, even when they were young, were told by their parents that this is a great way to start the day and keep your room clean.
However, while it may look clean, on closer inspection it may not be as clean as you think.
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According to mattress experts And so to bed Several life coaches and influencers stress the importance of getting up and making your bed every morning, even if it’s just to feel productive — but the experts disagree.
According to The Sleep Council the average adult loses 285ml of fluid each night.
This means that when you make your bed each morning, you trap all that moisture to fester during the day which, you guessed it, will be ready and waiting for you to climb back into your bed to sleep again.
So instead of making your bed in the morning and throwing the pillows over it, experts said it’s actually recommended – especially when the temperature is higher in the summer months – to take the linen out to give the mattress a chance to breathe and for moisture to evaporate.
This means there’s less chance of moisture getting trapped between the mattress and linens, which can be the cause of the discoloration and odors you’re dealing with.
And not only will this help keep your mattress fresh and fresh, it will ensure your mattress lasts longer.
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Four tips for cleaning a mattress
Cleaning a mattress is not an easy task and in severe cases it is best to entrust it to a professional. However, there are a few smaller mattress cleaning tips that will help extend the life of your mattress.
1. Do not use a vacuum cleaner
It seems tempting to vacuum dust and lint from your mattress, but the powerful suction of a vacuum cleaner can dislodge the padding, which can lead to bumps and dips. Instead, use a soft brush to remove debris on the floor, which can then be vacuumed up.
2. Sponge, don’t rub
Stains should be treated immediately by dabbing with a clean cloth. If your mattress is filled with natural fibres, it should be a dry cloth, “wet cleaning” could damage the filling. Other mattresses can withstand hot soapy water on a clean cloth, but always check the manufacturer’s advice before cleaning. Hacks such as baking soda and various harsh chemicals are not recommended.
3. Regularly wash your bedding and mattress protector
Wash your bed linen every 1 to 2 weeks and your mattress protector once a month. Regular cleaning of these will prevent any dirt from seeping through the mattress, keeping it cleaner for longer. In the summer you may need to clean your linens and pads more regularly due to perspiration.
4. Protect to prevent rather than clean
Mattress protectors are like buying travel insurance on vacation, you hope it’s not necessary, but you’ll be glad you have it if the worst should happen.
Mattresses are not easy to clean, so taking preventive measures by investing in a mattress protector is the best course of action to protect it. These are washable, so in the event of a spill, the protector can be removed and easily washed in the washing machine, leaving your mattress unscathed.
However, plastic should never be placed between the mattress and the linen as this could promote condensation which could damage the mattress.