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Tackle a Task: Freshen Up Your Bed
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The hero products and information you need to keep your bed, bed linen and mattress looking as good as new
Wash your duvet twice a year and pillows at least once every two months.

Those filled with synthetic fibres can be washed in a machine (a 60?C wash will kill dust mites), while feather and down bedding needs to be professionally cleaned.

Tackle stains as soon as possible, especially on a mattress.

Soak the mark with a dry absorbent cloth, then dab it away with cold water and a sponge.

Don't use hot water as it will only set the stain, and use a stain remover on stubborn marks.

Revive your mattress by sifting bicarbonate of soda directly onto it.

Leave it for at least an hour to soak up the smells, then vacuum off.

Pre-treat upholstered beds, especially headboards, to avoid marks.

Always use a cleaner that's suitable for upholstery to remove stains, following the instructions on the bottle.

Wooden bed frames can also become covered in dust - a quick polish will leave them looking as good as new.

Create a cleaning cocktail. Fill a spray bottle with vodka (a natural disinfectant) and equal parts water, then spritz directly onto your mattress.

Ensure you leave your mattress to air-dry completely before you make the bed again.

Preserve your bedding with a mattress protector - go for a design with quilting and extra padding for comfort, or wicking and waterproof top layers for practicality.

Look out for a machine-washable option, too, so you can wash it with your bed linen.

Give your bed an airing every morning by drawing the covers off and letting your sheets and mattress breathe for 20 minutes before making the bed.

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