How to clean your mattress and get rid of bedbugs

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After a really long day, all everyone really wants to do is lay on their beds and sleep, or at least, rest. But what happens when the place where you literally lay your head has been infested by pests and isn’t so comfortable anymore? There are a number of things you could do: leave the house, burn the mattress or just plain deal with it. We’ll go with the last option.

If you are reading this and thinking to yourself that your mattress is fine and there is nothing wrong with it, think again. Did you know that a used mattress can have between 100,000 to 10 million dust mites inside? No, I didn’t just make that up. It was confirmed from a study carried out by Ohio State University, USA. So, do you now see the need to pay close attention to your mattress?

Let’s move on to how you can get rid of these pests. There are a few steps to follow:

Step 1

Take off the bedsheets (including the pillowcases) and soak them in hot water. I say soak because the water will be too hot for you to dip your hands in. SO, soak for a few minutes and then wash thoroughly to get rid of germs and mites.

Step 2

Drag the mattress out of the bed and pour a generous amount of baking soda on it. To get rid of bad odour emanating from your mattress, sprinkle a few drops of lavender oil into the mix.

Step 3

Leave the baking soda to “sit” on the mattress for an hour or two.

Step 4

Use the hose or crevice attachment on your vacuum cleaner to vacuum up the baking soda. You need to do this carefully so you are able to get every side of the mattress. I suggest you begin at a corner of the mattress and work your way across to the other side. Do this in little sections. Don’t forget to vacuum the sides of the mattress as well.

Step 5

Use a steam cleaner to deep clean the mattress. A steam cleaner is effective for disinfecting removing the buildup of stains on surfaces. It is usually used in upholstery cleaning. Use the steam cleaner carefully in two-foot sessions across the mattress, on every side.

Step 6

Keep outside to dry. Stand the mattress on a wall in the sun and allow to dry completely.

The steps seem simple enough although quite tedious. You may have to dedicate a better part of your day to do all these. But, it will be worth it when you are able to get your mattress clean, disinfected and rid of all those annoying pests, especially bedbugs. It will also be wise to vacuum your bed frame while the mattress is left to dry. Many times, pests hide there.

If like me, you’re really trying to live this babygirl life and cannot be carrying baking soda around, then Vconnect has got you. There are affordable and certified fumigation professionals on the platform who are sure to clean up your mattress while nipping all those pests in the bud. So, go ahead, book a fumigation expert.

Blessing Oghota

Blessing loves good food, good books, and good music.

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