With spring fast approaching, many of us have started thinking about the annual overhaul we give our homes at this time of year. Whilst it can be tempting to leave your bedroom until last on the agenda, it's of utmost importance to start with the room that not only sends you to sleep in the evening - but also where you start each day.
When you bear in mind that the average person spends the equivalent of 25 years in bed sleeping (and that's before we even factor in other bedroom activities!), it makes sense to ensure that you are happy with the sanctuary you create. Not only is the bedroom a place where we sleep each evening, but statistics from the Sleep Council and Birds Eye also show that a quarter of us also spend time eating at least one meal a week in bed; and that's before we take a look at the time spent working, reading, browsing social media, and watching TV in bed too! All this activity can quickly spiral and make what is meant to be a clean and tidy space, in to a cluttered environment.
If your bedroom is starting to be a place of doom, then here are Silentnight's 6 top tips to keep your bedroom clean all year round.
Leaving your bedding unwashed even for a few months can result in one-third of your pillow's weight being made up of dead skin, bugs, dust mites, and even mite droppings(!). To avoid this it's recommended that you wash your pillows and duvet every two to three months, and your sheets on a weekly or bi-weekly basis. We all know there's nothing quite as satisfying as diving in to clean, fresh sheets after a long day, so there's little excuse to avoid this one!
Giving your pillows a quick spin in the tumble dryer between washes will also help keep them clean as the heat kills bugs and mites that can build up. You should tumble dry pillows on a low-heat setting and consider including some rubber dryer balls to keep your pillows fluffed. Not only that, but popping your head on a warm pillow is a satisfaction like no other!
When browsing bedding choices it's important to look at how machine washable friendly your bedding is, this way there's no reason not to keep it clean and fresh at all times. Silentnight's Superwash range is specifically designed to be machine washable and to maintain its bounce after washing. The range is also tumble dryer friendly, which makes it the perfect bedding upgrade.
If you are not able to machine wash or tumble dry your bedding, then you may want to consider investing in a good pillow and mattress protector. As these are far easier to wash than trying to squeeze your mattress into your washing machine, they just make life a little easier! Not only will they help to keep your mattress and pillows clean but it will also extend their lifespan by reducing wear and tear. If you already own pillow and mattress protectors, ensure you are washing these weekly along with your bedsheets.
We're all guilty of rushing around in the mornings, but when it comes to making your bed there's a good reason why you should take your time. On average, an adult can lose up to a litre of sweat in one night, and all of that has to end up somewhere. To help minimise the amount that can be absorbed by your mattress, ensure that you pull down your duvet and let it air before you move on to making your bed later on in the day.
Your bed isn't the only culprit when it comes to dust mites. Bedroom carpets are a breeding group for dust and mites, so ensure you vacuum and dust twice a week to keep your bedroom in top condition. If you're not one to wear slippers and love the feel of the floor against your bare feet, bear in mind the amount of dust and dirt which can be picked up and transferred on to your bed! If you suffer from dust allergies or asthma, you will also feel the benefits of vacuuming regularly.
Will you be taking on a big spring clean this season? Remember to keep on top of your bedroom cleaning on a regular basis to ensure it's not quite as painful in the long run!