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When Did You Last Vacuum Your Mattress?

According to a recent Dyson survey, 61% of us don’t vacuum our mattresses. Did you know you’re supposed to vacuum your mattress? Um, I didn’t. Though when you stop to think about it, it totally makes sense. After all, you spend a third of your life sleeping there, so why wouldn’t you clean it regularly?

You may want to look away if you’re squeamish, but mattresses can contain between 10,000 and two million dust mites. These mites live in the mattress and feed on the dead skin cells that are constantly sloughing off us. Ewww. Of course where dust mites are eating, they’re also pooping, and a lot of people are allergic to a protein found in dust mite droppings. Allergic reactions range from allergic rhinitis (hi, that’s me!), asthma, and even eczema.

Vacuum your mattress regularly to keep dust mites and allergens under control.

Dyson recently asked us to try out their Dyson V6 Mattress vacuum, a dedicated cordless handheld mattress cleaner with powerful suction designed to remove those icky allergens from your mattress.

So last laundry day I stripped the sheets and got the Mattress V6 out. The first thing I noticed when I took this out of the box is it’s lighter than it looks. And that it kind of looks like a ray gun! It comes with three attachments – the motorized mattress cleaning head, a crevice tool, and a combination dusting brush tool.

I always use a mattress cover on my futon, so I didn’t think I’d get much out of it. I mean, it looked pretty clean to me. It wasn’t. By the time I was only halfway through, I was shocked by how much fine, grey dust came out of my mattress. Yeuch! I’m adding regular mattress vacuuming to my to do list.

The Dyson V6 Mattress has an extra powerful motor to suck dust mites and allergens out of the mattress

One thing to note, my first instinct was to vacuum the mattress by pulling the Dyson towards me, but the recommended technique is to focus on forward passes instead. It only runs when you hold the trigger which helps conserve the battery, but it can get tiring if you’re doing an entire queen size mattress.

Don’t let the name fool you though. It’s not just for mattresses. After all, this would be a pretty expensive purchase if you could only use it on your mattress. I’ve also used this to deep clean my couch and to quickly clean the crumbs and Play-Doh bits off my dining room chairs (what was I thinking buying white microsuede chairs?!)

Comes with motorized tool and crevice tool to deep clean the couch too.

It works great for my car too. My regular vacuum cleaner is too big and unwieldy to drag outside, and it just can’t get all the cracker crumbs, ground in dirt, and dust out of the seats and floors of my car.

Works great to deep clean your car seat upholstery.

The powerful suction and motorized tool get all the ground-in dust and dirt out of the car floorboards.

The run time on a full battery charge is about 20 minutes or 17 minutes with the motorized cleaning head on. It’s a very short six minutes on the Max boost mode though, and unfortunately, the Mattress V6 doesn’t work while it’s plugged into the AC adapter which would have been a really nice option for those occasions when you need a longer operating time.

Like Dyson’s other vacuum cleaners, the V6 Mattress is bagless. The bottom of the bin drops open with the push of a button which means you don’t have to touch the contents. Because remember when we talked about dust mites and dead skin and dust mite poop in our mattresses? Yeah, that.

Learn more at Dyson Canada and connect on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest. The Dyson Mattress V6 is available at Amazon or on the Dyson website.

With the start of fall and everyone heading back indoors with the cooler weather, now’s a good time to get a #cleansleep! When was the last time you vacuumed your mattress?

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  • I’ve never vacuumed a mattress in my whole life; infact, this is the first time I’ve heard of it. Normally I have an allergy protector on my mattress but haven’t gotten around to purchasing one for this bed (they’re expensive! I don’t like the ones at wal-mart).

  • My mom would vacuum the mattress and I always thought it was funny when I was little. It’s not so funny that I haven’t vacuumed mine :/ .

  • I saw it online when I was putting together a chore checklist. I’m not really sure how often I should do it though, seasonally? I used the pet hair brush accessory on the mattress and the couch. It did a good job on the couches, so I assume it also did a good job on the mattress too!

  • I have to say – I have NO idea when I would have vacuumed my mattress…. but I think I need to do it soon after reading those stats! eeek!

  • I usually vacuum my mattress twice a year when I do my big cleanings but I am now thinking I better do it more often. Sounds like a great hand-held vacuum that might be worth the investment!