I can’t tell you how many times over the years that I’ve read about the horrors that allegedly lurk inside our mattresses. They need to be replaced every 10 years because they’re filled with 10 or 20 pounds of dead skin, dust mites and other terrible things, right?
At the very least, you need to vacuum them regularly to protect yourself from all that crud. That’s what we’ve been told.
Actually, my mattress has more than 10 years on it, and I’d never vacuumed it until recently. I finally managed to find the time to strip it bare and vacuum it, thinking the amassed debris should fill up the tank of my trusty Dyson Cinetic Big Ball.
Lo and behold, the vacuum sucked up…almost nothing. This vacuum has incredibly powerful suction, but it couldn’t suck anything out of my mattress. In fact, the mattress looked absolutely pristine – just like new. I know looks can be deceiving, so I went over the whole thing several times, including the sides and crevices.
I do keep a mattress pad on the bed, under my fitted sheet, all the time. Maybe the mattress pad does a good job of protecting against these invaders.
The vacuum is definitely in good working order, and the furniture attachments I used aren’t clogged or malfunctioning. I used them on the rug just to verify that they did their job of sucking up dirt and debris in a flash.
I wasn’t sure whether to feel relieved that my mattress was so clean or aggravated that I’d wasted time vacuuming it. I decided to feel pleased with myself for crossing something off my list of things I’d wanted to get done for years.
What about you? Have you vacuumed your mattress? How dirty was it?
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