Many people do not give much thought to their mattress other than to change the sheets or if it becomes uncomfortable. However, prolonging the life of the mattress and maintaining the health of those who use it requires regular cleaning. It is relatively inexpensive, especially when the potential dangers are taken into account.
People shed skin cells all of the time, including while sleeping. These can easily fall between sheet threads and permeate the surface of the mattress. These particles are invisible to the naked eye but, attract small pests which will then begin to reside in the mattress, leaving behind their feces and carcasses along the way.
When animals are allowed on a human bed, they do the same thing. Not only can their dander become a part of the bedding, any flea droppings or shedding hair work into it as well. All of these create a breeding ground for hazards. Not only is is disgusting, it can also create breathing problems, especially for the elderly, children or ill individuals.
Bodily fluids also become a part of the mattress. People sweat while sleeping and children sometimes have accidents. Any fluids that make contact with the mattress become a part of it. Over time, these can create unpleasant odors that are virtually impossible to get rid of with over the counter fresheners.
The solids and liquids that contact the mattress will also begin to decay the fibers of the mattress cover. This increases the level of wear and tear, meaning it will need to be replaced sooner than if it had been properly maintained.
All of these reasons are cause for everyone to have their mattress cleaned on a regular basis. The mattress will be healthier to sleep on and is less likely to cause allergic reactions.