Bed Bugs

How to prevent bed bugs coming into your home after travelling.

When staying away

When you arrive have a check around for any bugs in the carpet and in the bed before unpacking, look for reddish brown bugs, white eggs and dark spots with is normally their faeces. If you feel there are bugs consult the staff asap.

Keep your luggage of the ground, use the luggage rack which is normally provided to keep your bags off the floor, bed bugs do live in carpets and keep your bags and cases off the bed or chairs.

When you return home

When you return from a stay away from home, do not take your suitcase upstairs and unpack it on your bed, this is literally the worst thing you can do, if a few bed bugs have found their way into your case they will jump straight into your bed and start to multiply.

Instead unpack your bag on a hard floor in a well lite area, this way you can see any bugs that may have come along on the ride with you.

Pop your clothes straight into the washing machine, add a laundry cleanser or white vinegar and use the hottest cycle you can, if you do notice bugs when unpacking keep the clothes you aren’t washing in the case or a sealed bag and pop in the garage or shed until you are ready to wash them.

Once your clothes have been taken care of, use a torch to thoroughly check your luggage, check the pockets and seams for bugs and eggs.

Vacuum inside your luggage and spray the inside with a disinfectant spray.  Be sure to empty the cannister into an outdoor bin to prevent captured bed bugs from re-infesting your home.

 If you have a hard-shell case, you can wash this over with hot soapy water and if you have a soft case break out the steam cleaner and give it a blast with hot steam.

How to prevent them in your bed

Keep your bedroom clutter free, these bugs love dark cluttered spaces and can easily hide in clutter.

If you keep your laundry hamper in your bedroom ensure you give it a regular clean, they love the smell of dirty clothes and have been known to lay eggs in laundry hampers.  Fabric hampers normally come apart and can be washed and plastic ones can be washed over with hot soapy water.

Regularly wash your bed sheets and use a high temperature 60 degrees plus.

When you change your sheets, vacuum the mattress and surrounding frame.

Keep your mattress clean deal with any stains as and when they occur, hydrogen peroxide is the best mattress stain remover as it is a natural bleach. Then a few times a year deep clean your mattress using an upholstery cleaning tool or a steam cleaner.

Try not to use the underneath or your bed unless you have an ottoman bed as a storage solution, this will create clutter for them to live in.

Avoid wearing shoes in your bedroom.

Vacuum your carpet and rugs regularly at least once a week.

If you suspect you have got bed bugs, it’s crucial to address the infestation promptly. You may need to consult with a pest control professional to properly eliminate the problem. Early detection and action are key to preventing a full-blown bed bug infestation.


Vorwerk – Keep your Mattress Clean

How often do you clean your mattress?

Answer – I have never even thought about cleaning my mattress!  I spray with a fabric freshener every so often.

These are answers I hear all the time. So many people don’t even think about cleaning their mattress. They think that if they clean their bedding on a regular basis, that will be enough!

Well, NO, it’s certainly not.

Mattresses are covered in mites. These mites feed on dead skin that we naturally shed in our sleep. This means that you are rolling around and inhaling all kinds of nasty particles which could include fungal spores, bacteria, plasticisers and flame retardants.

It’s something I get a lot of interest in from my online posts when I’m using Vorwerk’s Kobold MP400 & MR440 Mattress Cleaning Set to clean my mattresses. This is a machine that will give your mattress a proper clean – and it’s something I cannot emphasis enough that you need in your home!

It’s been well documented that an accumulation of debris can cause health problems over time, therefore, it’s so important to give your mattresses a proper clean a couple of times a year and not just spray it with antibacterial or fabric freshener spray.

You could book in a mattress cleaning service, but that’s a short-term arrangement which could set you back around £250 to do three or four mattresses. That adds up.

And that’s why, as a Vorwerk brand ambassador, I know the important work and research the team has done to develop the Kobold VK200 Ultimate Homecare System which has the Mattress Cleaning Set.

I clean my mattress monthly with it. It is such an easy system to use and takes no time at all.

The mattress cleaning attachment is a dry-cleaning system so your mattress isn’t going to get drenched and then end up smelling like it would if you used a carpet cleaning attachment on it.

With Vorwerk’s set, you simply cover your mattress with the provided Lavenia Mattress Cleaning Powder. The Lavenia powder is recommended especially for people with allergies and is an amazing powder made of mild, natural substances which fights dust mites, bacteria and mould. It smells absolutely amazing too, it’s such a fresh clean smell, I love it!

With the power, you spread it evenly over your mattress, massaging in using the Kobold MP440 attachment and leave for 30 minutes – which means you can get on with your other cleaning jobs!

After half an hour, I then use the Kobold MR440 attachment to go deep into the mattress. This device vibrates to loosen all the dirt from the mattress surface. It’s such a satisfying feeling using this tool and you can feel this going deep into the mattress and pulling out all the dirt and grime.

Cleaning your mattress plays an enormously important role for a healthy, restful sleep. The first time I used Vorwerk’s system I honestly couldn’t believe how well I slept. I am the worst sleeper and spend endless nights lying awake, but this really has helped improve my sleep patterns.

I now make a point of doing this once a month and I do schedule this time into my cleaning regime. I find you get two cleans for a King size mattress from one sachet of the Lavenia powder so it is such a cost-effective way of cleaning your mattress.

A marvellous feeling of freshness and cleanliness is guaranteed with Vorwerk’s mattress cleaning system. I am so lucky to have this system and I highly advise that you book your FREE home cleaning demo and see this function in action for yourself.

If you feel your bed needs a little TLC then I have put together a simple May Challenge that will help freshen your bed and bedroom.

Thank you for reading and I hope I have given you some mattress cleaning inspiration.

Lynsey Queen of Clean xoxo

This is a sponsored post with Vorwerk