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Mattresses are costly. That’s a fact. People consider high-quality mattresses as bedroom investments for quality sleep. Just as you take precautions to safeguard your investments, there are ways to protect your mattresses too, such as using mattress protectors. It adds a protective layer to your mattress and keeps them safe against preventable problems like damage caused by dust, dust mites, pet dander, spills, sweat, and stains. Using a mattress protector is key to ensuring a good night’s sleep. However, mattress protectors aren’t invincible to the elements. They need protection and cleaning too. If you need help cleaning your mattress protector, this guide is for you. Here’s a complete guide on safely and adequately washing your mattress protector.
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How To Wash Mattress Protectors
Check the Care Label
As with your pillowcases, refer to the label of your mattress protector for wash and care instructions. Depending on the material, some protectors are machine washable. Others, however, must be washed by hand or dry cleaned. Again, the label will provide all the information you need per the manufacturer’s recommendation, such as the proper water temperature, type of detergent, drying instructions, etc.
For Machine Washable Mattress Protectors
If your mattress protector is machine washable, remove any loose debris or hair before putting the protector inside the washing machine. Use a soft-bristled brush or, better yet, a lint roller for this step.
If there are any visible stains or spots that need to be removed, chances are a regular cycle will not be able to remove them. Thus, pre-treat these spots using stain remover or your regular laundry detergent. Apply straight to the spot and let it sit for a few minutes before putting the protector inside the washing machine.
Place the mattress protector inside the washing machine. Make sure you set the cycle in a gentle or delicate setting. Depending on the care label instructions, you may use cool or warm water for washing.
Once the cycle is complete, remove the mattress protector and check the stain spots. If necessary, you can repeat the pre-treatment and rewash it.
Note: Avoid using fabric softeners and bleach when washing your protector in the washing machine. These things can cause damage to the fabric and reduce its effectiveness in stopping spills or trapping particles.
Drying mattress protectors
To avoid damage or shrinkage, it is essential to dry your mattress protector properly. Here are ways to safely dry your mattress protector:
Air drying is the safest way to dry mattress protectors. Hang the sheet on a clean and drying rack or clothesline. Avoid direct exposure to too much heat (sunlight), which can damage the fabric.
If the label says you can tumble dry your protector, use a low heat setting to reduce the risk of damage. Add a couple of clean towels to help absorb the moisture from the mattress protector. Learn more here.
Some materials can be ironed to dry thoroughly. If you opt for this option, set your flat iron at low heat.
Ensure you don’t iron over waterproof or plastic layers, as the heat can quickly melt or warp the waterproofing sheet and cause permanent damage.
Here is a comprehensive guide on selecting the perfect mattress protector.