Mattresses are spawning ground for different types of microorganisms. Due to all the liquids (such as spit and sweat) as well as the heat of human body, this is an ideal place for them to reproduce.
Even though we have seen improved versions of mattresses which are meant to protect our health, like those made of memory foam and latex, this still remains a big issue.
Here is the list of all the organisms that may jeopardize our health while sleeping on a mattress.
This specie is always used in the same sentence as beds. They are similar to spider and ticks and they benefit from high humidity.
Dust mites feed on human skin and their feces are feeding fungus in your mattress. Besides your bed, they can also be found in other items such as stuffed toys, drapes and other stuffed things.
There is no direct threat from these microorganisms. Nevertheless, their impact comes through debris which they leave behind. In fact, they are considered as one of the most common causes of allergies and asthma.
The list of potential medical issues includes: sore throat, sinus issues, hoarseness, itch skin, itchy eyes, asthma and difficulty breathing.
As previously mentioned, it is normal to find fungi in the same place as dust mites. According to studies, pillows may contain up to 16 different forms of this specie.
Luckily most of them are quite harmless to human. Nevertheless, one of these fungi may affect leukemia patients and bone marrow transplants.
At this point in time, research is still not conclusive. Similarly to dust mites, they can be potentially dangerous to people who have allergic reactions.
When it comes to bacteria, they are mainly transmitted from your body to mattress and pillows. They can lead to pink eye, cold and other irritations. Bacteria nest in pillows. Spit and sweat benefits them as it allows them to reproduce even faster.
How to counter these microorganisms?
Luckily for us, it has been known for some time that these species can lead to severe damage to our body. Mainly, they can cause various allergies and irritations.
Besides that, they may also lower our natural resistance. In order to prevent this, companies started producing various mattresses, pillows and cover which may help those who are allergic.
However, have in mind that these are not bulletproof methods. Even with your best efforts, some of them may slip through affecting your health.
In order to protect yourself and your loved ones, you have to be proactive and maintain high level of hygiene. If you wish to read a through guide on how to clean your mattress, check out this this page.
Here are the basic tips that will help you clean your mattress and bedding.
Like everything else, it always starts with prevention. If you are allergic or highly sensitive, it is best if you buy beddings and mattress made from special, anti-allergic materials. Memory foam and latex are great for denying entrance to these microorganisms. It also means that you will have to clean less.
High temperature can easily kill all of these microbes. Each time you wash your covers or pillow cases, you are exposing fabric to extreme temperatures which they cannot handle.
Mattress can pose quite a problem. These biological species inhabit deep layers of your mattress. Sometimes, it can be really hard to reach them. As a solution, you will have to vacuum constantly.
Avoid strong cleaning products
Even though we require something to clean our mattress, most of the products available to us are quite volatile. Although we may get rid of dust mites, they may cause some other type of irritation. This is why it is best to use domestic concoctions. Baking soda is a great way to remove stains. Vodka can be used to sprinkle the surface of a mattress.
Make sure to dry your mattress after cleaning
This is where most people make a mistake. Cleaning is necessary, humidity is disastrous. When cleaning your mattress, do not overdo it. Whatever type of a product or substance you are using, you should only apply it on surface. Deeper layers are much harder to dry and will create high humidity which is ideal for microbes.
Put your mattress in sunlight
After finishing everything else, you should put your mattress in sunlight. As we mentioned, high temperature is disastrous for bacteria, dust mites and fungi. When you place mattress outside, natural sunlight will eradicate all of these microorganisms. At the same time, it allows it to dry quicker.