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When Was Your Mattress Last Cleaned

When Was Your Mattress Last Cleaned?

This guest post is by Leila El-Dean of Ecophy.

We all know that bedding should be changed regularly and most people will take their duvets to the dry cleaners at least every 6 months, but when it comes to cleaning mattresses most of us simply don’t have a clue where to start. So be honest, when did you last clean your mattress?

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The problem with mattresses is that you can’t shove them in the washing machine or take them round to the nearest dry cleaner, so it can be tempting to just spray on some fabric cleaner and hope for the best, but when you discover just what little horrors are lurking in your mattress you may want to re-think your mattress cleaning methods.

Bed Bugs Bite!

Mattresses provide the ideal habitats for both bed bugs and dust mites which are the little critters responsible for aggravating allergies and eczema and their faeces can cause itching and irritation. Bed bugs live off the dead skin that collects in your mattress and once they start breeding, they can be very hard to get rid of.

Your mattress also collects around half a litre of sweat per night, a gram of dead skin, body oil and other fluids all of which will accumulate to provide the ideal homes for bugs but not such a hygienic sleeping environment for you.

However many shop bought mattress cleaning products contain chemicals that can also aggravate eczema and allergies so how can you sanitise your mattress effectively without resorting to nasty chemical cleaners?

Environmentally Friendly Mattress Cleaning

There are green alternatives to most domestic cleaning equipment and that includes mattress cleaning. Ecophy is an environmentally friendly cleaning company which offers full mattress sanitising that will get rid of odours, dust mites, dead skin, stains etc and the only footprint you’ll be leaving behind will be a water-based one.

Not every mattress is the same as each one is made from different fibres that require different treatments. Each customer also has different needs and whilst domestic customers might require a deep clean that takes around 2-3 hours to dry, a busy B&B or hotel might just need a sanitising session that leaves the bed clean, dry and ready to use.

Dry Cleaning Mattresses

Colourful or silk mattresses will require dry cleaning so that the fabric and colour is preserved. This process is ideal for busy establishments as it is quick, efficient and the beds are ready to use straight away. Whilst it’s not possible to remove some dried in stains, the bed will be completely sanitised and free from odours – the green way.

Steam Cleaning Mattresses

For a deep clean that will remove even the most stubborn of stains then a steam vapour cleaner is hard to beat! This method is highly recommended for domestic situations where the mattress can be left to fully dry before being used again.

So choose a cleaner, greener way to sanitise your mattresses and have a relaxing and peaceful night’s sleep.

Night night, don’t let the bed bugs bite!

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Steam Cleaning is Green Cleaning

Why Steam Cleaning is Green Cleaning

This guest post is by Leila El-Dean of http://www.ecophy.co.uk.

Steam vapour cleaning is probably the most effective, environmentally friendly and quickest way of cleaning parts of your home that include carpets, bedding and bathrooms. If you haven’t already discovered the benefits of using steam cleaning then here are a few good reasons to try it:

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  • Sterilising Steam: Vapour steam cleaners can disinfect and sanitise floors and surfaces as they reach temperatures as high as 150C.
  • No Need to Dry: Because the water is turned instantly to steam, carpets and other surfaces are left clean and dry.
  • Saving Water: Only around 6% of water moisture is used which means there is hardly any water wastage.
  • Green Credentials: As steam is so effective at killing bacteria, no toxic cleaning chemicals are needed which makes it an ideal cleaner for eco-friendly homes and safe for asthmatics, people with allergies, children and pets who might otherwise suffer adverse effects from ordinary cleaning agents.

Steam Cleaning Bedding

Steam vapour can also be used to rid households of pesky dust mites which have been cited as a contributory factor in asthma attacks, eczema and rhinitis. Bedding, mattresses and upholstery such as curtains and blinds can all be steam cleaned leaving them naturally sanitised and providing a healthier sleeping environment for young children and allergy sufferers.

Vaporising Bacteria and Mould

Very often mould removers can require a lot of scrubbing and repeat applications with toxic chemicals that come with their own manufacturer’s warning. Yet steam cleaners have been shown to effectively combat not only mould but other forms of bacteria, leaving your surfaces sterilised and germ-free. It’s a hygienically safe green alternative to pollutant cleaners!

Space Saving

Why have a cupboard full of cleaning agents when a steam cleaner can do the job of all of them? Not only will you be able to reclaim some valuable storage space but you can also save money in the long term as you only need to pay out for one steam clean rather than fork out money on a multitude of cleaning products which are less effective and more labour intensive.

Beware of False Steam Cleaners

Because of its effectiveness, there are some carpet cleaning companies who claim to use steam cleaners however their equipment does not heat the water up to the correct temperature needed to produce water vapour. Instead their carpet cleaners will only use steam which uses much more water and doesn’t produce results that are anywhere near as good as vapour steam cleaners. So when browsing through cleaning companies, make sure that they are offering steam vapour systems.

Green Cleaning Companies

Steam vapour cleaners therefore are the weapons of choice for most environmentally friendly cleaning services. So if you are concerned about the environment and possible health implications of cleaning products then contact your local green cleaning company and ask them about their steam cleaning services for a clean home and a clean conscience!

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It’s Time to Spring Clean – This Year Make Your Own Cleaning Supplies

In order to minimize the use of toxic substances in your home, try some of these natural combinations to create your own household cleaners. 


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All-Purpose Cleaner: Mix 1/2 cup vinegar and 1/4 cup baking soda into 1/2 gallon water to remove water deposit stains in the bathroom. 

Carpet Stains: Mix equal parts white vinegar and water in a spray bottle. Spray directly on stain, let sit for several minutes, and clean with a brush or sponge using warm soapy water. For fresh grease spots, sprinkle corn starch onto spot and wait 15 to 30 minutes before vacuuming.

Disinfectant Spray: Combine and store in a spray bottle 2 cups water, 1/4 cup white vinegar, 1/4 teaspoon tea tree oil, and 1/4 teaspoon lavender oil.

Deodorizing Cleaning: Mix one part vinegar and one part water in a spray bottle to clean countertops, floors, stovetops and other appliances. Scrub dishes, surfaces and stains with a lemon that has been cut in half and sprinkled with baking soda on the flat side.

Marks on Walls and Painted Surfaces: Many ink spots, pencil, crayon or marker spots can be cleaned from painted surfaces using baking soda applied to a damp sponge. Rub gently, then wipe and rinse.

Toilet Bowl Cleaner: Mix 1/4 cup baking soda and 1 cup vinegar, pour into basin and let it set for a few minutes. Scrub with brush and rinse. 

Window Cleaner: Mix 2 teaspoons of white vinegar with 1 quart warm water. Use crumbled newspaper or cotton cloth to clean. (Don't clean windows if the sun is on them, or if they are warm, or streaks will show on drying.)

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