That you don’t lie directly on your mattress pad does not mean it won’t get dirty. Your mattress pad collects dirty stuff ranging from dust mites to dead skin, spilled drinks and food, and urine. Therefore it is essential to know how to clean it.
How to Wash a Mattress Pad
The following steps will guide you on how to wash a mattress pad:
I. Vacuum Your mattress Pad
Before you start washing, it is important that you vacuum any dirt or dust from the pad. When you want to do it, it is best to place a sheet below on the floor and put your pad on it. This will keep the underside clean and also protect the floor as you do the vacuuming.
2. Select a good cleaner
You can use a homemade cleaner. Just mix equal parts water, lemon juice and vinegar together. Avoid using bleaches.
3. Start from outside of the stain
Applying a toothbrush, work the cleaner into the stain from the outside of the stain towards the centre. This will prevent the solution from spreading to other areas of the pad.
4. After spot cleaning every stain on the mattress pad, let the cleaner soak in for 10 to 15 minutes. It will help dissolve the stain and make rinsing easier.
5. Blot the stains you have spot cleaned with a sponge. You may need to repeat this until everything is clean.
6. Use clean towels to blot the clean areas dry. You may need to do this more than once. You can also air dry it.
Now, let’s look at weighted blankets.
How to wash a weighted blanket
Your blanket won’t stay forever clean. Hence, you must know how to wash it. Here are the steps:
1. Wash with either a washing machine or with your hands.
You can wash your weighted blanket in a washer. However, if your blanket weighs over 20 pounds, it is best to take it to a commercial washer that will be able to wash it better.
If you are using a machine, put it on low heat so as not to damage it. If you can hand wash, it is fine too.
2. Use mild detergent
Avoid using bleaches like chlorine, hydrogen peroxide, etc., to wash your blanket. Opt for mild detergents. If you have stubborn stains on your blanket, you may have to spend more time cleaning those areas.
3. Air dry
After washing and rinsing and you are sure your blanket is clean, you can air dry it. Make sure it is completely dry before you pack it.
Washing a mattress pad or a weighted blanket is not difficult. Remember that, at times, little is much. Follow the steps given above and you are sure to have a clean pad or blanket.