How To Clean And Disinfect Your Innerspring Mattress

Perhaps the most difficult mattress to maintain is the innerspring mattress. It does not have anti-bacterial or anti-allergenic features newer foam mattresses have. The older models of innerspring beds are still prone to molds and mildew formation.

That being said, they require more care and attention from their owners. Cleaning and disinfecting your innerspring mattress can keep it in top shape. This will also prevent health threats such as chemical off-gassing. Apparently, off-gassing can mess up with the serotonin-producing functions of the brain.

Here are some of the steps you should use when taking care of your innerspring bed:

1. Take your mattress in an area where you can clean it and dry it completely. It should be a well-ventilated area so your mattress can dry up properly. Excess moisture inside might cause the appearance of molds and mildew.

2. Prepare your cleaning materials. You need a soft-bristled brush, distilled white vinegar, baking soda, spray bottle, a bucket full of water and towels. You also need a hand-held vacuum cleaner or a shop vac.

3. Vacuum all sides of the mattress first. Carefully remove dirt particles and dust mites. Linger on the surface of the mattress as this is the area usually loaded with dead cells or dirt.

4. Mix your cleaning solution. Mix one part distilled white vinegar with two parts water. Place the solution in a spray bottle. Spray it all over the mattress. This cleaning solution will help disinfect the mattress. Moreover, it will also help dissolve molds and mildew or any stains your mattress might have acquired. Let it stay there for an hour.

5. Soak towel in warm water. Wring out the excess. After an hour of letting the vinegar solution disinfect and freshen up the bed, wipe the cleaning solution using the damp towel.

6. Sprinkle baking soda all over the bed. This will help remove any lingering smell from your mattress. It will also help get rid of stains and discolorations. Use the soft-bristled brush to brush the baking soda on the stained areas. Let it stay there for another hour. Baking soda can also absorb excess moisture inside the mattress.

7. After an hour, vacuum the mattress again. Make sure you remove all dirt particles.

8. Let it dry completely. Do not use the mattress unless it has dried up completely.

You should use these steps in cleaning your innerspring mattress. It is ideal to clean your mattress at least twice a year to ward off bacteria, molds and germs.

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How Do Pressure Relieving Mattresses Work?

A long time ago it was realized that patients that where confined to bed due to illness had a problem, bed sores. These are lesions that are caused by the constant friction and pressure of being prone in bed for a prolonged period of time. The answer for many years was to manage the patients, to lift them and turn them at intervals to relieve the constant pressure that lead to this potentially deadly condition. But that was not ideal patient care and was not always practical or safe. This made finding a more sophisticated solution a major goal of hospitals everywhere. Thus was born the Pressure Relieving Mattress. There are two primary types of Pressure Relieving Mattress, the Static and Dynamic. In general terms they are distinguished by the severity of the patient’s condition and the need to maintain comfort and safety.

Modern Mattresses

The Static Pressure Relieving Mattress works by using modern materials developed over the course of years of research that are designed to reduce the effect of long-term bed rest inherent in the care of the very ill or elderly. These types of mattresses are most applicable in circumstances where patients are in bed for the greater majority of the day but do move or can be moved periodically. This allows them to be as comfortable as possible and minimizes the need to turn or move them to avoid the development of ulcers. The materials that are used are advanced foam materials that allow pressure mitigation. They do so by adjusting to the specific shape and weight of a patient’s own body to eliminate the pressure that develops on certain points of the back and buttocks. These are the zones that are most vulnerable.

Dynamic Pressure Relieving Mattresses

The Dynamic Pressure Relieving Mattress is the next level of critical care tools. These systems use dynamic, controlled air pressure cells to constantly adjust the mattress in response to the patients needs to insure that turning and adjusting are not needed on a daily basis. The cells are vertical columns that form the body of the mattress and are pressurized with air individually. This allows the pressure to be adjusted in each cell to create the conditions necessary to insure the health and comfort of the severely bed-ridden. The most effective method is to adjust the pressure in parallel rows of cells by deflating one row and inflating another gently. This relieves the pressure being felt in each zone of the patient’s body in turn, continuously. This results in an extraordinarily high degree of relief for the patient with minimal intervention.

With modern technology the 21st century is a time when these miracles are available to all. There are now versions of this advanced medical system available for home use allowing both comfort and dignity for those who must be bed-ridden. There is also the relief that it represents for those who are tasked with caring for the bed-ridden. The process of turning and shifting is made all the more unpleasant for the care-giver by the discomfort of the patient. With a Pressure Relieving Mattress the care givers time is better spent and the patient is happier, promoting better health.

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Natural Latex Mattresses – A Chiropractic Solution

An important option in the new federal open-flames mattress standards allows doctors, osteopaths and chiropractors to prescribe natural mattresses to patients with chemical sensitivities. The results of research by the CPSC clearly shows that every man, woman and child will absorb the chemical fire-retardants currently used in mattresses and also chemicals used to fire proof mattresses under the previous codes. Many of these chemicals have documented side effects, causing them to be banned in Europe and California. None of us need to risk the exposure to chemicals in the mattresses on which we spend up to a third of our lives!

One group that has been at the forefront of alternative health concerns is chiropractors, who take a preventative approach to many of the risks of our modern lifestyles. Chiropractors commonly use nutrition, exercise, patient education, health promotion and lifestyle counseling as part of their holistic outlook towards preventive health care. Chiropractors also stress the importance of prevention and primarily utilize a pro-active approach and a wellness model to achieve this goal. The emphasis in chiropractic care recognizes the dynamics between lifestyle, environment, and health, taking a holistic approach to prevention of disease. Because chiropractors emphasize the alignment of our spine as primary to the health of our nervous system and our overall well-being, many have already introduced healthier mattress solutions to their clients.

Certainly the concerns over toxic fire-retardant chemicals have begun to replace the emphasis on mattresses that are more effective in aligning the spine, particularly where newborns and infants are involved. Crib mattresses are held to the same open-flame standards and generally have some the worst chemicals in order to save costs. When an all natural mattress in considered natural latex is the hands down winner. All natural latex simply supplies everything that is best in a mattress. Latex mattresses are unsurpassed in weight distribution and relief of pressure points and are antimicrobial, hypoallergenic and naturally resistant to dust mites.

A natural latex mattress is often covered in organic materials, including wool, which is a natural fire-retardant. Now you have the best of both worlds, a mattress that very effectively aligns the spine and is chemical-free, without the toxic off-gassing associated with polyurethane foam mattresses. It could not be more important to protect the sleeping environment for your children. The rise in asthma, allergies, respiratory problems and even autism has prompted widespread public concerns about potential environmental causes. Certainly children are exposed to a constantly increasing amount of chemicals in their environment. The evidence is clear that our bodies absorb these chemicals, including the fire-retardants in our mattresses, that many of these chemicals have documented harmful side effects.

Consult with a professional, such as your chiropractor or doctor, to insure that you are creating the healthiest possible sleeping environment for your children and yourself. With so much uncertainty over toxic chemicals used to comply with the new open-flame mattress standards, it’s best to error on the side of caution, particularly with newborn and infants whose bodies and respiratory systems are developing so rapidly. A natural latex mattress has been proven to be the most effective solution for a safe sleeping environment.

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