Cleaning the mattress is a big hassle but it has to be done. It is your primary resting spot and you spend almost 1/3 of your day there. A dirty mattress does not make for hygienic living conditions. If you keep avoiding cleaning the mattress, then eventually the dirt and other substances will accumulate over time and turn into a serious a health hazard. Yes, we agree that cleaning the mattress can take up a lot of your time, but ultimately it’s for your own good.
Here are a few simple thing you can try to make you mattress super clean.
It’s not as weird as it sounds. You might be disgusted to know how much dead skin cells we shed during a night, and all of them lie on the surface of your bed. Eventually, they merge together with the dust and debris. You can use the small head attachment of the vacuum to suck out all the nasty and unwanted things. The vacuum will also suck out the dust and debris that is deeply rooted in the mattress.
Remove the Spots & Stains
The first thing you have to know about stains is that if you can take care of them while they’re fresh then you should do it, otherwise they will dry up and become an ugly spot which is a nightmare unto itself to clean.
When you notice the fresh stain, blot it using a wet clean cloth. You can use a dry cloth to get rid of the excess liquid. Make sure that while using the cloth, you are pressing it in the bed and spreading the stain by making a circular motion. You might be tempted to use hot water to remove the stain but it actually helps the stain permeate more.
If the fresh stain proves to be a little stubborn, then you can apply a home paste of baking soda, salt and water on it. Let it rest for about half an hour and then use a clean cloth along with cold water to wash it off. With any luck, the stain will go with it.
Over time you will notice that the mattress will start developing its own scent. It’s not exactly a bad thing but some people might find it uncomfortable. To combat that, you can deodorize the mattress. You can buy a mattress deodorizer from the market to spray the mattress, or you can make your own deodorant using a mixture of essential oils and water in a spray bottle. Spray very lightly and let the mattress dry for a few hours.
Kill the Bacteria
Another trick you can use is leaving your bed out in the sun for a few hours once every few months. This will effectively kill all the bacteria and germs crawling on the surface or rooted underneath it. If you don’t want to use a mattress deodorizer, then you can use the sun’s heat to get rid of the smell. It doesn’t always work to the base level and the smell lingers somewhat but it is still better than nothing.
Leather furniture is the key feature of modern décor. Not only is it chic but classy as well. Other items like leather bags and purses help you make very effective style statements. But if you put their aesthetic benefits aside, then they are a real pain to maintain. The slightest misstep could ruin the entire thing.
Here are a few easy tips you can apply to clean your leather objects in the most efficient way without destroying them all together.
· Tips for Leather Bags/Purses
If you are thinking about buying leather purses or bags, then be warned that they stain and spot very easily. They come across as dirty after just a very short time. When that does happen, many people turn to the regular dish washing or laundry detergent to tackle the problem. This is a terrible idea because this seriously messes with the quality of the leather. You might as well throw out the purse because it won’t look nearly as good as it did when you bought it. Here is what you should do:
Use a facial soap if you can or a very, very mild detergent for clothing. Mix one large tablespoon of that with one large glass of water. Make sure that they water is clean. Pour the solution in a spray bottle and shake is well. Spray the solution on a clean piece of cloth. You will be using the cloth to clean the purse. Using of a lot of liquid could damage the bag beyond repair. Wipe the bag gently and leave it out to dry on its own. When it dries, use a little moisturizer and spread it on the bag. This will keep it smooth and new like.
· Tips for Leather Furniture
Unlike the leather purse or the bag, you don’t have the option of using the leather furniture only sometimes and then putting it away. The more it is used, the more regularly it will need to be cleaned to maintain its current state. Here is what you should do to clean the leather furniture:
Vacuum the furniture thoroughly. Use a mild detergent or saddle soap for the actual cleaning. But remember to make sure that it contains oils and waxes, as they will help make the leather shine. Use a clean cloth with the detergent or the saddle soap to gently wipe the furniture. Never use an old towel for this task. The cloth needs to be just as delicate, so micro fiber will suffice. You can apply a single spray of water with the detergent or the saddle soap. Leather reacts negatively to oversaturation. After that, wipe the residual soap with another clean cloth. Leave the furniture to dry naturally. Don’t use strong artificial lights and never put it out in the sun. If you are not sure about the strength of the detergent then you can always spot check. But make sure to pick an area that will not be visible to others easily.
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