Why you need to wash your mattress more often

Forget bed bugs, there’s something more unsettling lurking in your bedding.

We may be sleeping with more than just our partner at night - but a cocktail of saliva, urine and genital fluids too.

Over eight years, your mattress can soak up enough liquid from our bodies to fill two bath tubs.

During sleep, we continue to perspire, and body oils and soil are released. It is possible to find saliva, urine, genital fluids, and fecal matter in the fibres.

It’s not just bodily fluids risking disturbing your sleep, your sheets could be lined in layers of EXCESS SKIN - and it could be as much as five kilograms over eight years.

The shedded cells create a visible barrier on your mattress over time, leading to unsightly stains and discolouration on your mattress.

This thick layer of cells help to breed dust mites, which are known to aggravate sufferers of asthma and even eczema.

This can increase two-fold if you let your pet dog sleep on your bed, as half of the population admit to doing.

Here are some top tips to keep it clean between the sheets:

1 First, open your windows where possible to ventilate your bedroom. This helps to stop the growth of mould.

2 Wash pillowcases and your bedding on as hot a wash as possible - preferably 60°C to kill off bacteria and viruses.

3 Invest in a mattress protector to help reduce the fluid that is absorbed into the mattress, but make sure to wash it regularly.

4 Professionally deep clean your mattress every 12 months or if your renting get you landlord to organise this.