Now that spring is upon us, we'll all be thinking about ways to give our homes some extra TLC - however, you need to make sure you give each room equal attention
It can seem tempting to only focus on the parts of our home that are on show, but with a third of our lives spent sleeping in our bedrooms, it's crucial to make sure we don't overlook it.
To help, Neil Robinson, the chief sleep officer at Sealy UK, is on hand to explain how we can give it the clean it deserves
1. Mattress cleaning
While the majority of us will clean our bedding every week or so, we'll often fail to consider our mattress. It's not common knowledge, but some require cleaning every six months to prevent dust mites, dead skin and dirt accumulating - lovely!
The spring clean therefore becomes the perfect time to show yours some love. It's easy to do - use a vacuum cleaner to remove any dirt, hair and crumbs, and follow it up with some baking soda to deodorize the mattress, and keep it spick and span.
2. Under the bed
It's all too common for the space beneath your bed to be a dumping ground for everything you don't want on show. However, if it's left, the items will become dust and dirt magnets, which subsequently causes problems, particularly if you suffer from dust allergies.
In the ideal world, you'd keep the space under your bed clutter free, but it's not always an option in space-poor houses. Instead, why not treat the spring clean as a chance to invest in high-quality under-bed storage options?
3. Air it out
It's commonly said that making your bed each morning is a fundamental part of a successful day. However, in reality, it could cause more harm than good. Dust mites love having a warm, moist environment, so making your bed simply gives them the environment they crave.
Get around this by starting a new airing habit - it will help your mattress to stand the test of time. Throw back the covers each morning and remove the pillows for around 20 minutes. This lets the moisture evaporate and allows air to circulate, which helps to increase the longevity of the mattress and prevents dust mites.
4. Minimalist rules
Having a messy bedroom not only looks unpleasant, but can actually leave you feeling anxious and give you a disturbed sleep. A study from 2015 found it's people who hoard items who are likely to have a worse night's kip, in comparison to those who don't keep clutter at all. So, if you're guilty of a disordered bedroom, it could be the time to think about your ways.
A good plan will be reducing the amount of artwork in your room, and investing in bedding that's a more neutral colour, as this creates a more minimal and less cluttered feeling. It could also be time to banish any tech in your bedroom too - studies have revealed the blue light that is emitted from devices like smartphones and tablets can disrupt our natural circadian rhythms, so it's harder to switch off and sleep.
5. Don't forget the small stuff
When you're having a clear out, don't miss the small but essential tasks that are often neglected - for instance, washing your curtains. If you leave them, they gather dust and dirt, which can aggravate allergies. If your curtains are machine washable, remove them from the rail, wash them on a gentle machine cycle and let them hang outside to ensure they're well aired as they dry.
It's also a great time to consider flipping your mattress. They should normally be turned every three months to prevent sagging and to increase their lifespan. However, if it's a memory foam mattress, simply rotate it head to foot, to make sure you get the comfort layer on the top, and the supportive base on the bottom, and to let it wear evenly.