March is National Bed Month! If you’re anything like me, and still can’t get used to sharing a bed with someone, even after all these years, then to #ReclaimYourMattress sounds like a great idea! Shove out the other half, and star fish all night, with the comfort of having the whole mattress to yourself! Reclaiming it from your children invading it, is also top of some peoples list…! I had a nightly bed invader, and with two extra people snoring, kicking, and the little one needing to be touching some part of me at all times, there was very little sleep going on for me. But now I’ve made up a little bed for him on the floor next to me, so he just gets in there, and it’s more sleep all around!

So, reclaiming your mattress in that way, sounds fab! But more seriously, probably reclaiming it from smaller, more microscopic critters, may be more important…! I’m sure everyone knows by now, that I’m not the cleanest, or tidiest of people. That hasn’t always been the case, my house was always clean and tidy to a good standard, but then…children.

 

Obviously being ever present for my children has taken precedence over cleaning-as it should (umm, or forcibly having to be present to stop all my stuff getting broken, and peoples eyes gouged out, then collapsing on the sofa of an evening seeming more fun than anything else-those are the actual true reasons…)

 

Having my parents stay at our house, in our bed, to look after the children while we went away, made me realise that our bed was in a bit of a state. I became the statistic of being a member of the quarter of us who are embarrassed to let others see the state of our mattresses…!

 

Between the 13th-26th March, Vorwerk has a dedicated campaign to help you #ReclaimYourMattress from uninvited guests (of the microscopic variety-Jeffrey Dean Morgan is still very much invited.) Our mattress is around 8 years old, and this means that it could have actually doubled in weight, thanks to human debris, and dust mites-I know… Our mattresses can also soak up the half a pint of fluid that we lose every night (!!!!) or more, if, like us, you regularly seem to have fevers from being stressed and constantly run down! Mix this with yearly pound of skin we lose-what a great recipe for ickiness!

 

Also, ya know London? That place with the massive population, always busy? Well, the equivalent population of London could be living in your mattress. Yep-10 million bugs and dust mites can set up home in your mattress in one year-that’s effectively the entire population of London camping where you sleep-which would be quite the fun statistic, if it didn’t make you itch all over, and want to sleep on the floor, rather than your bed! Some information suggests that some people don’t actually wash their sheets more than three times a year-ok, I’m bad, but no that bad!! I think when the little one was born, he may have peed in our bed, and I didn’t wash the sheets for about 2 months afterwards, but hey, I had him plus a 15 month old! I do wash the sheets more frequently than that now! Beds filled with debris, may also cause less support and comfort (maybe why I have a bad back at the moment?!)

 

Here are the six top tips for cleaning your mattress!

1 Treat it like a carpet, and vacuum it. My children are over their fear of the vacuum, and like to help with it now-I give them a little hand held one to do the mattress with.

2  Vorwerk have a specialist mattress dry cleaning kit, which is part of the VK200 vacuum cleaner . Part of it rubs cleaning powder into your mattress, and the other vibrates to loosen the dirt, then sucks out all the dust and icky stuff!

3  Rotate and flip-this is an easy one!

4  Don’t clean it with water-I think this is a pretty self explanatory one-it’s going to be difficult to ever get it dry, and will just provide a better breeding ground for your population of London, marching around in there.

5  Deodorise it. A useful tip is to sprinkle baking soda over it, leave for 30 minutes, then vacuum away.

6  Use a mattress protector. It may be too late for our mattress (after the said visit from my parents, my mum had put a mattress protector on ours before we got back,) but these stop sweat etc from actually reaching the mattress. I wish we had used one of these from the start, with our mattress!

By heading to the Vorwerk site, you can win a Kobold VK200 with a mattress cleaning kit, to help you #ReclaimYourMattress To enter, visit the site between 13th-18th of March.

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