Monthly Archives: November 2015

Best Mattress Cleaning Methods

Until we knock a liquid onto it or strip it of sheets only to notice it’s yellowed with age, most people don’t often think about the cleanliness of their mattress. Sheets get plenty of attention, of course, but the bedding underneath is rarely the subject of our concern. And though it’s true that sheets effectively prevent us from contact with mattress fabric, meaning the latter isn’t likely to require frequent cleaning, it’s still hygienically important to give mattresses our attention from time to time.

It can be intimidating to tackle cleaning a mattress, if nothing else because they tend to be large, ungainly and difficult to handle. With these simple tips, however, cleaning your mattress will be a relative breeze; and since experts recommend you clean a mattress once every season, you won’t even have to go through the trouble more than 4 times a year.

Invest in the right fabric cleaners. This step is fairly important, as, although mattresses rarely touch our skin, using a cleaner that you end up being sensitive to can mean you’re either stuck with a mattress that makes you itchy (at least for a while), or will need to buy or borrow another one – potentially a huge expense. Either use all-natural products (see examples below), or use a fabric cleaner that you’ve tested on the inside of your wrist, prior to using on your mattress. Upholstery cleaners are usually hypo-allergenic, but better safe than sorry!

Vacuum with a specialty fabric or carpet attachment. Thoroughly clean your vacuum bristles prior to use, then vacuum the top of your mattress to remove any dirt or grime that may be present, especially in the seams of the quilting, if your mattress has it.

Experiment with enzyme cleaners. These cleaners work immensely well at removing some tougher stains, as they break down the structure of proteins and help remove any surface grime. If you accidentally overturned a plate full of breakfast-in-bed eggs and bacon, for example, spray or dab enzyme cleaner onto the stain and gently blot to remove. Hydrogen peroxide can have the same effect.

Do a full-mattress wipedown. Sanitation and smell are your primary concerns when it comes to cleaning a mattress, and a baking soda solution can help you take care of both (especially when combined with the next tip). Make a solution of one part baking soda, two parts water – the amount will depend on the size of your mattress – and apply it using a clean microfiber cloth. Allow the solution to sit for 30 minutes, then wipe it down with a towel dampened with cold water. You can use a dry towel to absorb most of the moisture, then…

Give your mattress a “sun bath” outside. When climactically possible, bring your mattress outside onto a clean, concrete surface after cleaning with any liquids, and let it bake in direct sunlight until it’s dry. This has the added benefit of sanitizing the fabric…plus a fresh, outdoor-laundry scent.

If you’re concerned about cleaning your mattress yourself, not to worry – the maids at Minch Professional Cleaning, the best cleaning company in Bucks County, take special orders! We strive to accommodate all of our clients’ needs – simply speak to your Minch representative to find out more about fulfilling special cleaning requests.

Top 5 House Cleaning Myths

There are a lot of old wive’s tales surrounding the most effective means of house cleaning, learned by most of us from our parents or the other adults in our lives – who also learned from their elders, and so on and so forth. The end result? A lot of non-ideal, or at least time-inefficient, cleaning solutions and practices that could be updated to save time, energy and money. Today, our premier Bucks County cleaning company is offering up what we believe to be some of the biggest myths about house cleaning, and how you can change your cleaning regime if you’re guilty of following these outdated ideas!
1.       Use furniture polish every time you clean wood. Nope! Part of the reason furniture polish is so helpful is because it is absorbed by wood, nourishing it and creating a protective barrier. However, wood can only absorb so much polish, and after a while you will notice a subtle, sticky layer on your table that can be difficult to remove. Stick to polishing wood once every two weeks or so.
2.       All cleaning products will do the trick when it comes to killing germs. This is one mistake that can have terrible consequences, especially in the kitchen and bathroom. What most people don’t know is that “sanitizers” and “disinfectants” are entirely different solutions; sanitizers kill 99.9% of all bacteria, while disinfectants can kill both bacteria (and a slightly wider array of it) and viruses…which can help stave off cold and flu season.
3.       Okay, but bleach will work on everything, right? Bleach is an affordable, effective disinfectant, but the sad truth is that it’s entirely too harsh for many materials, and can cause damage to some materials. On top of that, certain kinds of bleach – scented and colorsafe in specific – are not technically disinfectants, just fabric whiteners.
4.       Washing machines are automatically clean, since they run a new cycle with every load. Surprisingly, washing machines can harbor bacteria, mold and mildew – and not just those which have drainage issues. Although loads of laundry are washed in hot or very hot water, they are never boiled, which is the only surefire way to get rid of most contaminants. Add a cup of bleach to a small load on the hottest setting to take care of this issue – you can wash a load of whites in this, if you’d like to be green about it.
5.       Err on the side of vacuuming less; otherwise you’ll wear out your carpets. Actually, vacuuming helps preserve carpets; dirt grinding against carpet fibers is what causes them to separate and fray. You can pretty much vacuum as much as you’d like, within reason – but once a week is generally the recommended number.

We hope you found these cleaning mythbusters to be helpful! If you can come up with any of your own, we encourage you to leave them in the comments section of this month’s Minch Professional Cleaners blog!