A mattress cover is a thin casing that goes over your mattress, similar to a fitted sheet. It's typically waterproof, or water-resistant, and protects your mattress from things like dust mites, stains, bed bugs, and more. Mattress protectors collect a lot of sweat and bacteria over time, so you'll want to clean it regularly, so it stays hygienic, and works effectively. Here is a guide for you to follow.
Because you put a fitted sheet over the mattress cover, you may need to wash the protector every one to two months. But, you should wash it before you use it for the first time, to soften it up, and eliminate any odors.
There are, however, some situations where you may need to wash the cover more frequently, such as:
Here are some basic steps to get stains out of your mattress protector:
Step 1: Spray a stain-remover cleaner over the stain on the mattress protector. There are eco-friendly stain removers. If it's a fresh stain, use a clean cloth to blot out the excess moisture. After you've covered the area with the spray, blot it gently with a damp cloth until the stain disappears.
Step 2: Pour a cup of vinegar into a spray bottle (empty), and spray it on the stain. Let the vinegar sit on the stain, and soak for several minutes. Now, blot some baking soda on the stain, which will cause it to bubble. Blot away the moisture with a clean cloth, and let dry.
Step 3: Pour some hydrogen peroxide (a quarter-size amount) into a cloth, and dab the stain until it's no longer visible. Don't soak the stain, however, since it could seep into your mattress.
Step 4: Take the mattress protector off the mattress, and pre-treat any stains with a stain remover. Let it sit for several minutes, and toss in your washing machine separate by itself. Check the tag on the protector for the exact temperature and washing instructions.
Here are some basic steps to wash your mattress cover:
Here are a few common questions you might have about your mattress covers and mattress protectors.
Buying a mattress cover or protector means you intend to preserve your investment by making sure it will not be damaged. This is completely different than a mattress pad, which is usually something you invest in to change your bed's comfort.
Most mattress protectors are designed to sleep cool.
The best thing about skirting material is it may look bigger right out of the package, but it shrinks to fit perfectly when you put it on your bed. You're supposed to tuck the sides into the frame or foundation, if needed. If for any reason you find it's still a little too big, just toss it in the wash and dryer.
You should replace your cover when you start noticing worn and tattered areas, or holes, since they'll compromise its protective properties. To keep your mattress cover in shape, you can wash it with your sheets, and replace it every one to two years, or as the manufacturer recommends.
Yes, you should give your mattress protector a wash before you place it on your mattress, since the fabric is starched for easy cutting in the production process. Washing your cover will remove the starch.
The mattress cover will have to encase the surface your body comes in contact with directly. This is to protect it the same way you would if you were sleeping on your mattress. As such, the mattress cover goes on top of the mattress topper.
Mattress covers are simple to wash, and usually safe to put in your washing machine; however, always check the label to see the exact washing and temperature instructions. Dry cleaning mattress covers isn't recommended as the heat could harm the waterproof material.
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