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By Karen B. Gibbs

When you snuggle into your bed at night, you’re sleeping on more than a comfy mattress. We’re talking sweat, dust, dust mites and allergens all sharing the bed with you. That’s why it’s important to clean your mattress at least twice a year, or better yet, with the change of the seasons.

Home maintenance guru Bob Vila makes it simple with these four easy steps.

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  • Vacuum

Strip the mattress of all bedding. Using the appliance attachment, vacuum the mattress, paying close attention to the seam line. That’s where most build-up settles. Vila recommends using a HEPA-rated vacuum because it has the most powerful suction.

  • Spot clean

If you’re fond of snacking in bed, there will likely be oily stains from food spills. Remove them using a paste of baking soda, salt and water. Cover the stain with the paste, let it set for 30 minutes then brush it away. Wipe with a cloth dampened in cool water. Dry with a hair dryer or a fan. For stains created by crayons, beverages, blood or urine, dab with a 50/50 mixture of hydrogen peroxide and water. Work into stain using a soft toothbrush. Allow to dry for five minutes. Repeat as needed.

  • Deodorize

Sprinkle mattress top with baking soda. Let it sit for an hour, then vacuum up the baking soda.

  • Rotate or flip it

For one-sided mattresses, rotate the top of the mattress to the foot of the bed. For a two-sided mattress, get some help to flip the mattress entirely. Once flipped, sprinkle with baking soda and vacuum it up after an hour.

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Sweet dreams!