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Bed Bug Crisis: As Infestations Rise, Why Are Only 11% of Us Cleaning Our Mattresses Often Enough?

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As Paris authorities warn “no one is safe” from their bed bug crisis, reports are now expecting a swarm of the mini vampires infestations throughout the UK.

With that in mind and searches for ‘mattress cleaning’ peaking in popularity, new survey data highlights a forgotten but important aspect of the home regimen.

Leading bed retailer, Bensons for Beds, surveyed Britain to understand how often they clean their mattresses and the results were shocking.

Experts recommend you clean your mattress every 6 months but only 11% of Brits are doing this while 40% of us are cleaning them less regularly.

What’s even more worrying is that over one in six Brits (15.8%) NEVER clean their mattress and are brave enough to admit it with a further 8% only tackling the chore when faced with a big stain

So, is it really a big deal that people aren’t cleaning their mattresses properly?

It could be.

The average Brit spends 7+ hours sleeping per  night, that’s seven hours for dead skin cells, sweat and dust to amass in the warmth of your mattress. If we take that over six months, that’s approximately 1,260 hours (52 whole days) that the debris has to accumulate – meaning you may be sharing your mattress with unwanted bacteria.

And like it or not, there may also be dust mites sharing the bed – in fact, it’s estimated that on average, beds contain around 10,000 dust mites, which produce over 2 million droppings. If you have allergies, these dust mites can really cause them to flare up.

Experts at Bensons advise the best way to give your mattress a deep clean, “ Firstly, remove the bedding completely and allow your mattress to air out. Vacuum the mattress with the upholstery attachment and get the top layer of build-up from the surface. Sprinkle baking soda across the mattress and leave for a couple of hours to allow it to extract dirt and debris from the inside. Vacuum up the remaining baking soda, flip and repeat – a quick, cheap and painless way to keep it clean!”

By following their instructions and mixing up a special remedy to remove mattress stains or by taking full advantage of BedGuard, the care plan that gives you 5-year accident cover on your beds and mattresses, Bensons experts can help keep your mattress clean without the stress.

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