Bed Maintenance Tips

Beds, something we look forward to after a long day at work. So soft, comfy, and warm we never want to get out in the morning. Despite all the good things about our beds, do we really know the maintenance to our bed? Like how often should I change my sheets? How often should I get a new mattress? Or even just everyday maintenance to keep my bed in good shape to make it last longer. Here are a couple of good key points to keep in mind when you own that mattress.

There are five signs you need to keep in mind when you think you would need a new bed. One, you are waking up tired or sore. The bed you own is no longer giving you that support and comfort for your body to relax at night. Your body needs that support from your bed at night to get a good night’s rest. Sign number two, worn, saggy or lumpy? When you change your bed sheets examine that bed. Look for these signs, if these signs come up its time for a new bed. Sleeptrain.com. Three, you’ve resorted to sleeping on the couch or recliner. If this is the case get a new bed. Sleeping on the couch or recliner isn’t good for the body and you are getting a better nights rest on that then that’s a big sign to change your bed! Big number four, I don’t remember when I bought my mattress. That’s key, which says it all. If you don’t remember when you bought your mattress it might just be that time again to go get a mattress. Lastly, if your partner is getting any sleep. If your partner is tossing and turning all night that keeps you up at night which leads to both of you not getting a good night’s rest.

Changing your bed sheets is also key to good maintenance to your bed. Goodhousekeeping.com. Smelling or looking at your bed sheets isn’t the smartest idea to determine whether the sheets need to be changed. Your bed sheets should be changed every other week. Bright Touch Maids recommends our Bi Weekly maintenance program to help you with this goal.  You might be asking yourself, what if I sweat at night. The answer to that is wash them every week! But your sheets aren’t the only item on the bed that needs to be changed. Ever thought of cleaning your pillows or comforter? These items should be washed two to three times a year, to make it easier wash them every season. But what if flu season or cold season is here. Well look at it this way you need to change those sheets as soon as it’s gone. Taking care of your bed during these yucky seasons will prolong the bed. When you’re sick, believe it or not, you sweat more than usual. For an easy fix of that put an extra sheet between your fitted sheet and your mattress. Once that sickness is gone strip the bed immediately, wash your sheets in hot water (if sheets allow) and let that bed air out for a couple hours. Presoak your sheets in oxygen bleach or a trusted stain remover if there is undesirable stains on your sheets.

Lastly, here are a few more points for your maintenance. Flip your mattress every season, unless it’s a pillow topper. You know that song no more monkey’s jumping on the bed? Well not just for their safety but it’s also to keep your mattress in good shape. Jumping on the bed can damage your mattress and box spring. Protect your bed with a mattress pad to absorb any moisture and spills on the mattress. Vacuum that mattress! Vacuuming your mattress every time you change your sheets will remove dust, dead skin, and dust mites.

So the next time you want to go lay in your bed ask yourself, how long has it been since I’ve changed my mattress? Are my sheets cleaned the way they should? Never the less enjoy your sleep and sleep beautifully in your maintained bed. HGTV.COM

Touching your home with a little Bright Touch

~Melissa

The Germiest Part of Any Home…the Kitchen

Did you know that the kitchen harbors more germs than any other room?

The cutting board is a big culprit.

Cracks and crevices in your cutting board provide plenty of space for bacteria to grow. In fact, cutting boards have more than double the bacteria than a standard toilet seat. Experts recommend thoroughly disinfecting cutting boards between use, especially when raw meat and salad fixings are involved.

Here are a few easy ways to sanitize, control smells and clean your cutting board…..

Baking Soda

Keep your wooden or plastic cutting board clean by occasionally scrubbing it with a paste made from one tablespoon each baking soda, salt and water. Rinse thoroughly with hot water.

Bleach

Don’t even think about using furniture polish or any other household cleaner to clean a butcher block cutting board or countertop. Rather, scrub the surface with a brush dipped in a solution of one teaspoon bleach diluted in two quarts (two liters) water. Scrub in small circles, and be careful not to saturate the wood. Wipe with a slightly damp paper towel, then immediately buff dry with a clean cloth.

Lemons

No wonder your kitchen cutting board smells! After all, you use it to chop onions, crush garlic, cut raw and cooked meat and prepare fish. To get rid of the smell on the cutting board, rub it all over with the cut side of half a lemon or wash it in undiluted juice straight from the bottle.

5 Simple Ways to Prevent or Retard Mildew Growth

Mildew, also known as early stage mold, is a nasty little fungus that can cause a variety of health problems. These issues range from mild (scratchy throat, stuffy nose, coughing), to serious depending on the state of your immune system. Fortunately, it’s fairly easy to prevent or clean up mildew if you know what to do. Here are a few simple tips for banishing this hazardous fungus:

  1. Never put anything away wet (laundry, camping gear, shower, ect,). Squeegee your shower and tub down after each use. Even better, take the time and dry the shower and tub completely after each use with a towel.
  2. Well-lit areas don’t agree with mildew. Light prevents its growth and can even kill it.
  3. Put packets of silica gel in small enclosed places, like drawers and shoes. The gel can absorb moisture and minimize mildew growth.  Larger, reusable bags of calcium chloride can be used for larger damp rooms or basements.
  4. Cleaning all mildew-prone areas with a disinfectant solution will slow down the mildew process.
  5. Proper ventilation helps prevent mildew growth. Keep your bathroom air vent on while you use the shower or tub and keep it on for at least ten minutes after. Open a window while showering.
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