The bedroom is one of the places in which we spend most of our day. Think, for instance, of the average 6 hours that people sleep at night, to which we often have to add – for those who can afford the luxury – a few extra hours to count for the daytime siestas. Cleanliness and hygiene are therefore essential, especially at a time like this, when we are dealing with the Coronavirus emergency.
According to research conducted by the WHO, we need to keep our home and bedroom clean in order to prevent the proliferation of dust mites and bacteria.
Ensuring proper air circulation in the bedroom
Getting fresh air in the bedroom every now and then is the #1 rule to ensure its proper sanitization. It more than anything helps to lower the level of moisture and thus prevents the formation of bacteria.
The morning hours are the best to vent out the stagnant nighttime air, because they are the cleanest and less loaded with smog. The presence of moisture can create unpleasant situations for the mattress. Good ventilation also helps to sanitize and disinfect the mattress in a totally natural way. If you have a king-size mattress used by two people with different body weights, we recommend that each partner regularly switch sides, in order to ensure uniform wear of the mattress.
How to wash the mattress
A mattress with removable lining ensures optimal hygiene, as the “shell”, in fact, can be removed and washed at low temperature (40°C) in a washing machine, or dry-cleaned at a trusted dry cleaner. A disinfectant product can be used for the wash, provided it isn’t too aggressive on the fabrics. Before you proceed, make sure to check the label for the specific washing instructions.
A mattress without a removable lining, instead, can be washed as follows:
1. Use a vacuum cleaner with a brush to get rid of any dust and hair (if you don’t have a vacuum cleaner, you can use a soft brush)
2. Fill up a basin with lukewarm water and dissolve a few spoonfuls of bicarbonate in the basin
3. Apply the solution on the entire surface of the mattress with the aid of a clean, colorless cloth, making sure that you repeatedly rinse out the rag well
4. Lastly, air and dry out the mattress for a few hours, until it is completely dry.
How to properly clean pillows
Pillows make close contact with the face. For this reason, it is important to always keep them clean and sanitized, changing the pillowcase regularly and washing the pillow ever so often.
Unless otherwise indicated on the label, you can wash pillows in a washing machine, adding a bit of sanitizing additive. If, instead, the label says you cannot use water, opt for a damp piece of cloth.
Before the wash cycle
- Do not use aggressive products like bleach, chlorine-based cleansers, or chemical solvents, as they could wear out the fabric’s texture
- Make sure you have dried them out completely before you replace the mattress cover, in order to prevent the formation of mold
- Do not dry out the pillows using an iron or blow-drier
- Leave the pillows to dry in the shade
- In the case of resistant stains, we recommend having the pillows cleaned at a dry cleaner.
It really doesn’t take much to sleep peacefully in a clean and sanitized environment!