How and how often should you clean your mattress protector?
Although foam mattresses and spring mattresses are durable and rot-resistant, you should still protect them to promote the health of those who sleep on them. A mattress protector can easily do the job, as long as you follow the instructions regarding how and when to clean it. Regular cleaning is important for any mattress protector. However, the washing method and frequency will vary according to the manufacturer and the type of mattress protector, in particular, the fabric and components used in its construction.
Normal cleaning schedule for a mattress protector
First, we should clarify that mattress protectors aren’t the same thing as fitted sheets. Quilted, breathable and hypoallergenic, they resemble a fitted sheet; however, they go underneath the fitted sheet, directly on top of the mattress, to which they adhere, thanks to the elastic around the edges. They’re impermeable, hygienic liners used in specific cases (such as incontinence) to provide an extra layer of prevention and protection.
Mattress protectors are commonly used in the hotel industry, as well as in households. Some include multiple layers of polyurethane, making them waterproof, while others feature an anti-bacterial, dustproof, mite-resistant or mold-resistant design. The cleaning procedure for each type is subject to its own set of rules.
You should wash your mattress protector at least every two months—and preferably every month—after daily use. In the case of a bed that you only use occasionally, for example, in a guest room, you’ll still need to wash the mattress protector sometimes, although not as often. To eliminate trapped dust and particulate matter, it’s a good idea to wash it two or three times a year. On the other hand, if the user suffers from allergies, especially to dust mites, pollen or domestic animals, it’s recommendable to wash the mattress protector twice a month. If the person has been sick in bed or if someone has spilled liquid on the bed, you’ll need to clean the mattress protector as soon as possible.
How to go about it
As in the case of many types of clothing, it’s always a good idea to read the care label to find out the recommended cleaning method for your mattress protector. However, in general, it’s safe to machine-wash it. Furthermore, unless the manufacturer specifies otherwise, it’s preferable to wash it in hot water. All-cotton mattress protectors can tolerate temperatures of up to 95° C. In the case of mattress protectors made of synthetic materials, the maximum temperature may range from 40° C to 60° C, so it’s always best to read the instructions.