It's important to follow basic hygiene procedures when you're looking after new beds and mattresses. A good cleaning routine is important when it comes to keeping beds and bedrooms in a hygienic state. We spend at least one third of our lives in bed, and sweat, on average, over half a pint of fluid every night. There are several things you can do to ensure that your bed is as hygienic as possible: ? Protective covers - buy protective covers for your mattresses. Beds don't always need this type of protection, but mattresses will benefit from them, and so will you. That's because the protective cover will prevent potentially harmful allergens in your mattress from becoming airborne, causing an allergic reaction. ? Air your mattress - when new beds and mattresses are delivered, remove the polythene or plastic wrapping and let the base and mattress air for a while. You should also let the mattress air regularly - leave some time between taking one set of bedding off the bed and putting the new set on, for example, and always let your bed air for at least half an hour in the morning before you make it. ? Vacuum regularly - vacuuming your mattress will help to reduce the amount of dust and dead skin in and around the beds in your home. Vacuum mattresses carefully so that you don't damage the outer cover - or ticking - and vacuum under and around the bed as well to clear any other dirt and dust. ? Clean carefully - if your beds or mattresses get stained, clean them with a mild detergent and not too much water. Mattresses don't dry out quickly, so don't soak or over-clean them because you will encourage damp. ? Change your bed - if your bed is more than 10 years old, or if your mattress or base is showing signs of significant wear and tear, you need to consider buying a new bed. Don't give your bed away to someone else, or sell it second hand- if it's too unhygienic and uncomfortable for you to sleep on, why should anyone else want to use it? Bed Next Day sells a range of traditional and contemporary single, double, king and superking beds, most of which are available with next day delivery. Brands include Silentnight, the Original Bedstead Company, Sprung Land and Sealy. Take a look at the beds available on our website, www.mattressnextday.co.uk and order online today, or call 0844 3911 222 if you have any questions.