Sophie here. It’s a crazy time happening out there, while the novel coronavirus has you boarded up inside, I wanted to touch base with you. I’ve rounded up some vital tips on how to clean and disinfect your bedroom and most importantly your mattress. WHO and CDC are recommending to deep clean and disinfect everything, so why not start with your bedroom?
How to Disinfect and Sanitize Your Emma Mattress?
Most of us spend about a third of our lives in bed. But if you were to think about all the germs and bacteria that pile up over the years, well then chances are you wouldn’t get much sleep.
Is it possible to deep clean your mattress?
The short answer is: Kind of. The longer version is: With a little effort, you can disinfect the surface of your mattress. The inside of a mattress is more difficult, unless you happen to have access to an industrial-style steam cleaner and a sterile containment unit.
First start off with cleaning as much dust as you can by going over the entire surface of the mattress with your vacuum cleaner’s upholstery attachment and crevice tool.
Once you’ve removed the dust, there are a few different methods you can use to disinfect and sanitize your memory foam mattress.
- Steam cleaning– If you are in possession of an at-home clothing steamer that can help rid the surface of your mattress of dust mites and allergens that are not visible with the naked eye, and the heat can help in removing harmful bacteria. Steam the surface and allow it to dry completely before putting bedding over it. It is a must to let the mattress dry completely before making it up and sleeping on it. To speed up the process, ventilate the room. Plus, tip: sprinkling some baking soda will help to freshen the upholstery and remove mild odors (let it sit for a few minutes, then vacuum).
- Anti-bacterial spray (Notice! Avoid using harsh chemical disinfectants or full bleach as this would potentially damage your Emma.) Choose an antibacterial spray or solution with a scent you like, it’s great at killing germs, but we wouldn’t recommend it as it is harsh. If you use a liquid cleaner, dilute it with warm water. Spritz the spray lightly so that your mattress is just barely damp. The goal is to clean the surface of the mattress without letting it get saturated with moisture, which can lead to mold or mildew. Dry out the mattress on each side before going to get your beauty sleep.
- UV light– therefore SUN! Sun has always been a natural disinfectant, UV rays can help reduce the bacteria living on your clothing, bedding, and your mattress. But be aware it can’t fully eliminate bacteria; it can only help reduce it. Leave your mattress for couple of hours in a sunny spot and let the Sun do its job.
- Alcohol such as Vodka – Vodka is a great disinfectant not only for your mattress but for skin as well, due to the high percentage of alcohol in it. Put the vodka in a spray bottle and lightly dampen the mattress, make sure that mattress is completely dry before using it. With what is left of vodka use to make a great cocktail, here is a link: https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/collection/vodka-cocktail.
Also, I am leaving you with a few other steps to do while you are in your home quarantine to make your bedroom a safe zone:
- WASH ALL YOUR BEDDING
- DISINFECT HARD SURFACES
- CLEAN FLOORING
- DON’T FORGET THE CURTAINS
- CLEAN PERSONAL BELONGINGS
- CLEAN YOUR CLOSET, we know it’s messy and you have time now! 😊
I hope that everyone is staying safe and healthy.
Speak to you soon!