Beds And Bedding Is Essential For Your Success
We spend about a third of our lives in bed, so it’s worth investing in a good-quality mattress and keeping blankets, pillows and other bedding clean and aired.
A good night’s sleep gives the body an opportunity to rejuvenate. It gives muscles and soft tissue time to recover and repair, and the mind a chance to process memories. Poor bedding can disturb sleep, adversely affecting health, mood, and quality of life.
BLANKETS, pillows, and sheets
- Air and shake out your bedding regularly. This distributes the filling evenly and combats dust mites and other pests that like warm, dark places.
- Hang quilts, blankets, and pillows outside on a clothesline on a dry day. However, don’t hang out anything with a feather filling in intense sunlight, as this can make it brittle and porous.
- Wash bedding in a washing machine only if the drum is big enough to handle it. If not, have it cleaned commercially.
- Use a gentle detergent or hair shampoo to wash feather or down pillows then put them in the dryer at a low temperature along with a clean tennis ball, which prevents the filling from clumping. Do not vacuum down or feather quilts, or you risk thinning out the filling.
- If you suffer from allergies, wash your bedding frequently and use pillows, quilts, and blankets made from synthetic materials or rayon and with synthetic filling, not feathers. These are easier to wash and dry to get rid of mites.
GOOD TO KNOW
Good mattresses come in many varieties. They may have a core of synthetic material, such as foam, latex or interior springs, or the core may be made from natural materials such as coconut, horsehair, straw or seaweed. The covering usually consists of linen, cotton or raw silk. Mattresses with a natural core should be refurbished after about five years, as they wear out more quickly than latex or spring mattresses. If allergies plague you, opt for a dust-free, antibacterial mattress of foam or latex.
- Prevent lumps from forming by turning a mattress every 3 months and flipping it twice a year. However, a memory foam mattress should never be turned.
- A mattress must be aired and cleaned regularly. Take it out of the bedroom and let it breathe. Then, place a damp sheet on the mattress and beat it. The cloth will pick up the dust and can be laundered.
- Dust a mattress using the upholstery nozzle on the vacuum cleaner whenever you change the sheets.
- Buy a special mattress protector if you have severe dust mite allergies. It will protect the mattress against mites and can be washed at a high temperature.
- Consider mattress covers made of cotton with a polyurethane backing. They are easy to remove and wash and protect mattresses against stains.
- Rub off fresh bloodstains with cold water, then rub in a little shampoo. Lather with a stiff brush and rinse with cold water. Let dry naturally.