It pays to keep the mattress as clean as possible as it could damage your health if it hoards dust mites. These are so tiny you cannot see them with the human eye. They live off your dead skin and hair, that our bodies shed all the time. Their excrement can affect us and cause us to be ill or give us asthma.
To help avoid this, uncover to ventilate and regularly vacuum the mattress. Sprinkle bicarbonate of soda all over the mattress, leave for a few hours, and then vacuum all over.
Wash bedding in temperature of at least 60° to kill them.
If you are worried then get the professionals in. It is a lot cheaper in the long run.
If budget is a bit tight here is a little video that can help you start off your DIY mattress cleaning adventure:
In both cases, do not leave your mattress unchecked and not steam cleaned for more than 1 year. You wouldn’t believe the number of dust mites and other creepy-crawlies that call your bed a “natural habitat’. Don’t take that risk. Not worth it at all.
Let me tell you a story. I remember a friend of mine used to let one of his houses to private tenants. These guys were so out of this world on the subject of cleaning maintenance of carpets, upholstery and bed mattresses. They lived there for a good few years though.
One day they called my friend and were pretty much covered in bed bugs bites. They had let these little creatures in their beds, didn’t sanitise the mattresses regularly, and – voila – a big sorry feeling from head to toes. A bit too late though.
It took my friend a few visits by a professional pest control guy to get rid of the nasty things.
A bet he learned his lesson. Did you?