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How to clean your mattress

A guide to cleaning and refreshing your Savoir bed

A mattress is a significant investment and will last many years provided it’s well looked after. Regular cleaning and care are required to ensure it stays in good condition. We spend around a third of our lives in bed, so if it’s being slept on every night, it’s important to clean it regularly.
Your mattress can harbour dust mites, dead skin and other debris. So, to help keep your bed clean, we have put together a simple guide on how to refresh your Savoir bed.

Step 1 – Remove all the bedding
Remove all sheets, pillowcases and mattress protectors and wash according to the care instructions. If you have any Savoir pillows, you will also be able to wash these as well. Sometimes these are too large for a domestic washing machine so may need to be taken to a local dry cleaner.

Step 2 – Vacuum the topper
Starting with the topper, if you have one, use your vacuum cleaner’s upholstery attachment to go over the entire surface, including the sides. Pay special attention to seams and the tufted petals. Once vacuumed thoroughly, flip over and repeat. If your vacuum has adjustable settings, then set the vacuum on the lowest setting first and then see if this lifts the dust. Some very powerful vacuums can pull the natural fibres through the woven fabric, so start on the lowest setting first.

Step 3 – Stain removal
To remove stains out of your topper, you will need to spot-clean it. Never soak your mattress or apply water or stain remover directly to the surface. The stain remover you choose will depend on the type of stain and the type of mattress. For biological stains, use an enzyme cleaner. Spray the cleaner onto a clean white cloth, and then blot the stained area with the cloth. After that, apply cold water to a different clean cloth and continue blotting until the stain lifts. The aim here is to use as little product and moisture as possible. For food and drink spills, a mix of baking soda and water using the method above should lift any stains.
Once dry, carefully roll the topper and put to one side whilst you move onto the mattress.

Step 4 – Vacuum the mattress
Vacuum the mattress and then remove any stains as per step 3. Then flip the mattress and repeat. Flipping and turning should be done at regular intervals using our care card instructions as guidance, whether you’re deep cleaning the mattress or not. Once vacuumed, put the mattress to one side.

Step 5 – Vacuum the headboard and base
Dust tends to find its way under our beds so it’s important to regularly vacuum the base and the floor under and around your bed. Most headboards can be carefully vacuumed using a clean upholstery attachment. For leather and suede, we recommend using a specialist cleaner only. For most leathers a slightly damp cloth will be sufficient to remove light surface marks. If you are unsure about cleaning your Savoir headboard, please contact us for advice.

Step 6. Protect the mattress
Now that you have cleaned your bed, it’s time to protect it. Once the mattress and topper are fully dry, cover with a mattress protector, which will make cleaning easier in the future and protect from accidental spills and dirt. We also recommend using pillow protectors before you add your pillowcases. The extra layer will help keep pillows clean and last longer.

Step 7. Keep out dust
Using regularly washed fitted sheets and keeping the area around the bed clean, should protect it from any dust and mites. Choose a tightly woven sheet with a high thread count to provide the best protection.

Aim to clean your bed thoroughly every 3 months. Not only will it keep your mattress fresh and hygienic, it will also help extend the life of your bed. If you have any questions about caring for your Savoir bed, please don’t hesitate to contact our team.