Spring cleaning in your bedroom:
how to keep your bed clean

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We have all been at home a lot over the past month – and, as a result, have spent more time in bed or even used it as a temporary office. But those who have spent more time in or on their bed should also pay more attention to bed hygiene – and this doesn’t just mean dusting underneath the frame. So do a little spring cleaning in your bedroom and make sure you have a clean bed and a fresh mattress. This article will tell how to maintain a hygienic bed and what those with allergies should beware of.

What does a hygienic bed look like?

We all release continuous heat, moisture and skin particles into our sleeping environment – and thus create ideal conditions for fungi, dust mites and bacteria. To make sure your bed remains clean and hygienic, you need to care for it properly. Duvets and mattresses, as well as pillows, bed linen and nightwear are crucial for a perfect sleep climate. This entire system should be ideally suited to your individual requirements with regard to retaining warmth, breathability and ventilation, and should be cared for adequately.

How to keep your bed clean

1. Air your bedroom regularly

Ensure you have a comfortably cool room climate in your bedroom. This is usually between 16 and 18°C. Don’t forget to air out your room, as well as your pillows, duvet and mattress daily after getting up, for example whilst having your breakfast or showering. Otherwise moisture from during the night cannot escape. Down and feather duvets must also be shaken so that the filling does not clump together or lose its resilience.

2. Turn your mattress

Most people know that you need to turn your mattress now and again. By why do we actually need to do this? If you lie on the same side of the mattress for a long time, indentations form where you have been lying. This limits the support the material can provide in these areas – meaning those who change position when they sleep will no longer be optimally supported. This can lead to back pain and headaches in the long term. In addition, regular turning of the mattress favours optimal drying. This is why it is worth turning the mattress every time you freshly make the bed.
Speaking of the mattress, those who want to clean their mattress can wash the mattress cover. You can find out how often and at what temperature the cover can be washed in the washing instructions. All BICO mattress covers can be washed at 60°C and fit perfectly in a household washing machine. A 60°C wash kills dust mites, bacteria and viruses in the mattress cover.

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3. Choose your duvet and bed linen wisely

Not all duvets are the same: Choose a duvet that ensures optimal climate regulation, so that you do not sweat or feel the cold, and that is aimed at your individual needs. For example, there are different fillings available with varying properties and varying warmth ratings. Depending on personal preference, specific summer or winter duvets or a year-round duvet are suitable. You should wash bed linen every two weeks – and more frequently in the summer or if you are sweating a lot. When buying bed linen, ensure that it feels comfortable to you and it is breathable.

4. Pyjamas: breathable and fresh

In terms of bed hygiene, it is worth wearing pyjamas. These prevent sweat from being absorbed by the bed linen and ensure that your bed remains fresh for longer. The pre-requisite for this is that you change your pyjamas regularly, i.e. twice a week, and choose a suitable material for summer and winter. Materials such as linen or silk are recommended in the warmer seasons because these fabrics are breathable, whilst flannel or wool can be warming on colder days.

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Mattress tips for allergy sufferers

Those who suffer from dust mite allergies have particularly high requirements in terms of bed care as the majority of house dust mites hide in mattresses. This is due to the fact that mattresses create ideal conditions for dust mites: a warm damp climate and dead skin cells that serve as food for the mites. Those with dust mite allergies usually react allergically to the dust mite faeces – the irritant dust that is breathed into the airways.

So that those with allergies can sleep well despite this, products are available that could help with this: Special protective covers (called encasings), with their close-knit structure, ensure that dead skin cells do not enter the mattress. The mites are deprived of food as a result and that they ultimately die. Ideal encasings are breathable and water vapour permeable so that sweat can be removed easily. When buying a protective cover, ensure that it is washable. The encasing should also be treated with a dust mite spray. All BICO mattresses are available with an anti-allergy mattress cover.

Those with allergies should also avoid dust collectors such as textile materials, open shelving and bedroom plants, take off clothing in another room in the evening and vacuum and wipe the bedroom with a damp cloth regularly. Avoid humidifiers, as these create ideal living conditions for dust mites.

We should all ensure optimal bed hygiene, not just when spring cleaning but in the long term too. Wash and care for your mattress cover, duvet, bed linen and pyjamas regularly – and benefit from more restorative sleep.