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It won’t be the first time a customer asks us why the top fabric is white, given that white gets dirty so quickly and other colors are easy to make. The downside, however, is that you would like to know that the mattress is hygienic to lie on and you can see that best on a white fabric. In addition, a white mattress looks clean and fresh, which can promote the sale of a new mattress. The top fabric of the Morningstar Sleeps mattresses will also remain white for the time being, so in this blog we show you how to keep your bed and mattress clean and how often you should change your bed to ensure that the mattress lasts a long time and remains hygienic.
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Knowing that you spend 30 percent of your life on a mattress, you can imagine that this is a gathering place for bacteria and dirt. Regularly changing your bedding or even cleaning the mattress is therefore recommended! But how often should you change the bed? In general, it is advised to change your bedding weekly and to put the mattress cover in the wash about 4 to 5 times a year. If you want to know how best to clean the mattress, we invite you to read this blog, which is especially dedicated to this.
Maybe you can already imagine what happens if you don’t change your bed often enough. Hopefully you have little experience with it, but in addition to stench and yellow stains, there are two good reasons why you should change your bed often. Your mattress is the perfect breeding ground for bacteria and a collection place for dust mites.
You’d rather not put them under a magnifying glass. House dust mites are small spider-like creatures with 8 legs that look quite creepy when enlarged. Fortunately, you cannot see them with the naked eye and they are not really dangerous. But dust mites can cause sniffling or a stuffy nose. You may also suffer from itchy eyes. Annoying! Because dust mites like to sit in your favorite places. They are in your furniture or on your beautiful rug. But where dust mites might prefer to sit is on your mattress or in your pillow. There could be up to a million of those little creeps in your mattress. The idea alone is no fun and that is why it is good to change your bed regularly and also to wash the cover of your mattress a few times a year. You can also combat dust mites well by running the vacuum cleaner over your mattress once in a while. Some mattress covers also have an impregnation against house dust mites.
In addition to being a collection point for dust mites, your mattress is also a breeding ground for bacteria. This is because most bacteria multiply quickly in warm, moist places. The average person perspires during their sleep about as much as the contents of a can of Coke and we don’t have to tell you that most beds get warm quickly when you lie on them. Now it is true that you can find bacteria almost everywhere and not all bacteria are bad for a person. But because your mattress is a breeding ground for bacteria from make-up, sweat, dander and other bodily secretions, the combination of these can trigger allergic reactions. Allergic reactions come in all shapes and sizes and since we prefer to avoid them, this is also a reason to change your bed regularly!
For good hygiene and maintaining good health, it is recommended to change your bedding weekly. It is especially important for people with asthma or certain allergies to change your bed regularly. When changing, replace your duvet cover, pillowcase and fitted sheet and wash at 60 degrees if possible. This will kill all the dust mites and bacteria that were hiding in your bedding. In addition to good hygiene, changing your bed can also ensure that you fall asleep faster and sleep longer. This is because the air you breathe is much cleaner. Want more tips for falling asleep faster? Read our 6 tips to help with that.
To extend the life of your mattress, many people use a molton to protect the mattress against moisture and bacteria. Many people also use a molton for a pillow that protects the pillow against this. But these moltons naturally absorb a large part of the sweat and bacteria and therefore need to be washed regularly! Throw these moltons in the washing machine on time. The advice for this is to wash them every two weeks to keep them nice and fresh.
Often the washing instructions of the bedding are on a label inside. But general hygiene advice about washing your bedding is to wash the bedding at 60 degrees, unless otherwise stated. Washing at 60 degrees kills most bacteria. Are you planning to wash your mattress cover? Then pay attention. Some mattress covers are made of Tencel based on natural fibres. The washing instructions for this are often that you wash the cover at 30 degrees.
You now know how often to change your beds. But besides changing your bed, there are also other tips that contribute to a longer lifespan of your mattress and ensure a healthy sleeping environment. For example, it is a good idea to flip or turn your mattress regularly, provided the mattress offers the same support on both sides and turning is therefore possible. In addition, good ventilation of the bedroom also ensures that bacteria have less chance to settle in your mattress. You can also air the mattress yourself by laying it on its side once in a while. Finally, a previously mentioned tip is to protect your mattress with a Mattress Protector, which traps most of the sweat and bacteria.
To make washing the mattress cover easy, Morningstar Sleeps has made the cover of the Stellar mattress completely detachable, so that you can only remove the top fabric. That way you only do the part that is actually located in the laundry and you save yourself a lot of work. In addition, the Morningstar mattress has an anti-allergenic effect. This means that dust mites and bacteria are less eager to be in the fabric, so you automatically sleep a lot more hygienically. This is an important added value for your health that is often underestimated!
Frequently Asked Questions
Our advice is to wash bed linen weekly and moltons every two weeks. In addition, our advice is to wash the mattress cover about 4 to 5 times a year.
Heat and moisture will spread bacteria quickly, which can lead to allergic reactions and even illness. Regularly changing your bed is therefore not superfluous.
For hygiene, it is best to wash your bedding at 60 degrees. This kills dust mites, fungi and bacteria.
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