Make Your Bed Feel Like New

Give your bed and bedroom a good going-over for a fresh new feeling that will have you sleeping like a baby.

Everybody likes climbing into a nice new bed with clean sheets. You will feel better and perhaps even sleep better in a cozy nest. In the army, soldiers change bedding sheets and blankets once a week. This is a good habit to get into, and it can prevent the spread of viruses and germs as well as eliminate odors and wrinkles. If you have a family, it is a good idea for everyone to change their bedspreads and sheets weekly or at least every two weeks.

Rather than remodel your bedroom, try a few handy hints to provide a fresh new feel to the room. The first thing to do is to give your bedroom a good cleaning. If you are like most people, this task may be low on your household priority list. But it will make your room seem so much more refreshing than before. Dust everything before you run the vacuum. You should even dust the walls with a clean dust mop or a clean cloth pinned to a fresh broom. Then pull out the dressers and run the vacuum behind each piece of furniture.

Next, strip the bed. When you get down to the mattress, use upholstery cleaner or a non-toxic fabric cleaner to remove all the stains. Then use a convenient attachment to vacuum the top of the mattress. Flip it over, and do the same to the other side. Try to do this once a month to pick up all the dust and to keep your mattress from sagging. Think about getting a mattress cover so if you spill anything on the bed, you can throw the cover in the washing machine and not worry about scrubbing the mattress.

Next, put on clean sheets or new sheets if you have them. When you make up your bed, take some effort to properly tuck in the sheets. Do one side at a time. Then walk to the bottom of the bed and make sure the sheets are tight-fitting and tucked in neatly so the corners won't slide off.

The best way to clean your bedspread is to check and see if there is a label with laundering instructions. If you cannot find one, test the bedspread in an inconspicuous area to see if the colors will run by daubing it with a clean cloth blotted with a detergent solution. If you have matching curtains, wash them at the same time as the bedspread. That way if the color changes a little bit, all the pieces will look the same.

Bedspreads are made from many different materials, like cotton. If the fabric is machine-washable, do not have it dry cleaned because this could interfere with the fabric pattern or texture. Knits should be blocked after washing or dry-cleaned. If you wash satin sheets, be sure your detergent does not contain bleach. Polyester can be washed, as can nylon, but don't over dry either one. Rayon can shrink, so you better take it to the dry cleaner. The same goes for silk, because the colors might run.

Wash the windows and wipe the blinds, if you there are any. Open the windows to air out the room as you work. Now you are ready to clear the bedroom of clutter like old newspapers and outgrown clothing. Tidy the dressers or chests of drawers. Add a fresh bouquet of flowers to a bedside table for a special effect. The next time you lay down for a snooze, you are sure to enjoy your new surroundings even more than before.

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