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    What You Need to Know: Mattress Protection and Hygiene

    Homeowners who are the only ones sleeping in their beds may not be as concerned about mattress protection and hygiene as vacation rental managers. As a VRM, you can never be too careful about protecting your mattresses from human contamination, bedbugs, dust mites and other pesky problems. Protecting your mattresses from bodily fluids — including blood, urine, perspiration and what isn’t easily seen on the mattress — is necessary to ensure good mattress hygiene.
    All mattresses should have protection; it will give you optimal return on your mattress investment, plus ensure your mattress warranty. Your guests will appreciate the cleanliness and protection of a cover when using the bed. A waterproof encasement for your mattresses and box springs protects your guest from bedbugs, dust mites and other pests while you are protected against spills and other unforeseeable circumstances. These covers should be zippered, and they will not need to be removed unless an unfortunate accident has leaked through. You should always protect your mattress with a mattress pad over the mattress encasement for comfort and extra protection. Pads can be washed and dried before dressing the bed for the next use. Have a few extra mattress pads on hand for emergency situations.
    Vacuuming is the only recommended cleaning method for a mattress. If you’ve covered your mattress with a waterproof cover, you should not have any stains directly on the mattress. If liquid does make its way onto the mattress, use a towel to apply gentle pressure to blot and absorb the liquid. Do not press the liquid into the mattress. If you must clean a stain more thoroughly, use a mild soap with cold water and apply lightly. Don’t ever soak or use a dry cleaning fluid of any type on your mattress — these chemicals could damage some of the upholstery materials and make it less comfortable.
    For general care, always flip and rotate a two-sided mattress regularly. Mattresses should be flipped in summer, and again in winter; or alternately, flip it in spring and again in fall. Single-sided mattresses should also be rotated, although you do not flip. Again, you can choose time of year and schedule all flips and rotations on a calendar. Don’t forget to rotate your box spring once a year as well.
    Finally, always use a bed frame with rigid center support that supports the head, foot, sides and center of the mattress and box spring. If using bed slats with a mattress and box spring, use at least three rigid, no-slag slats.
    If you have questions about caring for your mattresses, contact InnStyle. Our knowledgeable team will be happy to assist you.
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