For some people, their favorite spot in the whole world is their bedroom, which is why it’s important to take care of your sacred space. We all know how sensitive our bedding is and how much special care it needs.
Washing your waterproof mattress cover can seem like a daunting task at first, but with a good routine and effective resources, you can keep your covers clean and looking brand-new. A happy bed leaves you with a happy head!
What Will I Need To Wash My Mattress Cover?
First of all, it’s recommended that you use a washing machine, rather than trying to wash your waterproof mattress cover by hand. This way you can easily regulate the wash cycle and the volume of chemicals you’ll need at your disposal.
On top of this, you’ll need access to warm and cold water, with eco-friendly detergent, and a dryer for your mattress cover after you’ve completed the washing process.
You must take special care of your bed accessory. The main thing to do is make sure that you don’t use strong detergents on your fabric. These can be potentially damaging to your mattress cover, thinning the lining, and potentially creating holes in your mattress cover.
Remember to tumble-dry your cover on low or medium heat in the dryer after cleaning to avoid creating burns in the fabric. If available, dryer balls are incredibly helpful as they speed up the drying process whilst preventing clumping in the cover.
Whilst this is optional, it’s always nice adding a few drops of essential oils to give your bed an extra bit of freshness. A few types of essential oils that we’ve found are great with your mattress cover are lemon-scented, lavender, peppermint, cinnamon, and sandalwood.
There are no right or wrong answers, however, choose whatever scents help to keep you calm and comfortable in your freshly-cleaned bed.
After stripping your bed of its waterproof mattress cover, place the cover in the washing machine and apply eco-friendly detergent. The lower settings are the most suitable for this kind of fabric, so it’s best to aim for delicates setting or the low setting when choosing. Either of these with cold water is your best option.
Once the wash cycle is complete, remove the mattress cover from the washer and place it in the dryer. Again, it’s best to aim for a low setting or use dryer balls, if available. If you have a garden or a warm room then it can be beneficial to allow your cover to dry naturally.
Using a drying line is a great alternative and saves on electricity! Once your mattress cover is fully dry, you’re free to add your cover back onto your bed.
Make sure that you give your mattress cover a good shake and a bit of a fluff-up. This keeps your clean sheets feeling as loose and soft as possible, without feeling too stiff.
Staining And Other Markings
It’s very common for stains and other marks to appear on your sheets. As we all know, getting these out can take a bit more than a cycle in the washing machine.
Pre-treating these stains is essential to their removal, with natural cleaning options a great alternative. It’s recommended to avoid using harsh commercial cleaner and other stain treatments because of the effects they have on your mattress cover.
Pre-treat your stains using eco-friendly laundry detergent as previously mentioned to get the best results. However, eco-friendly dish soap also works brilliantly as a method of stain removal. Baking soda combined with water at a 1 to 0.5 ratio creates a paste that can be used to scrub out the stains in the fabric.
Again, use scented essential oils to get the best smell out of your clean sheets. When scrubbing, small brushes and toothbrushes are great at bringing out the stains without harming the material. Just remember not to use the toothbrush on your teeth afterward!
If you think the stain could be blood, then we understand your frustration – it can be a nightmare to get out of your sheets. Hydrogen peroxide is an effective solution to removing blood, but remember to pour as little as you can to maximize the bubbling action. If the substance is too flat then it won’t have the same effect on the stained area.
If you’re conducting a full wash after cleaning the stained areas then you won’t need to dry the affected areas separately. This is because you’ll be dring the whole cover at once at the end.
However, if you’re only washing the affected area via spot treating, then be sure to dry the area thoroughly to avoid damp. We’ve found that using a hairdryer on low/medium heat works well!
The important thing to remember is that comfort is key when it comes to washing your waterproof mattress cover. The lower water temperatures and the neutral cleaning detergents used make a huge difference in keeping the quality of your bedsheet intact.
Using potentially harmful substances such as bleach-based detergents can thin the material of your bed cover and can also cause staining.
If you have essential oils then they’re a welcome addition to your cleaning routine, making your fresh sheets smell as clean as they look.
Frequently Asked Questions
How Often Should My Mattress Protector Be Washed?
You should wash your mattress protector every two months, using mild detergent and low-temperature water. However, if the mattress protector isn’t used much then it doesn’t have as much of a need for washing this frequently.
Can You Wash A Plastic Mattress Protector?
In short, yes! Because these protectors have a fabric base with a plastic backing, they can be cleaned in a standard washer with a standard drying procedure afterward. However, using low temperatures and neutral detergents is vital to keeping the plastic whole.
How Long Does A Mattress Protector Last?
Keeping your mattress protector in good shape is vital. Make sure you wash regularly every two or three months for the best results. When it comes to the time for replacing the cover, you’ll need to consider getting a new one every one or two years. However, if you start to see holes and other signs of wear and tear, then you may need to replace it sooner.