How to Sleep with Pets & Keep Your Mattress Healthy

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As mentioned in our previous blog posts, we have stated before that here at Salem Beds, we recommend against sleeping with your pets. Aside from the possibility that they will damage your mattress, there’s also a huge chance that they will disturb your sleep. However, there’s also no denying that sleeping with pets can also be beneficial to your slumber. Which is why, it is totally up to you whether to let your pets into your bed or not.

If you choose, though, to sleep with your pets, a few precautions should be observed. Especially if you want to keep your mattress healthy and in a good shape, make sure to take these tips to heart.


1. Potty-train your pet.

To avoid bedwetting (or at least minimize the chances of it), potty training your pet is essential. It may not be the easiest thing to do and will ask a lot of patience from you, but by trying this out, you’re teaching your fur baby a great trait. It may even help you travel with them with less fuss, as you don’t have to worry too much about them peeing everywhere.

2. Use a rubber mat.

Protective rubber mats are typically used by parents who co-sleep with infants. It minimizes the chances of urine wetting the mattress, serving as a waterproof shield. This is why it makes sense  that it can also be used for pets who like to sleep in their owners’ beds.

3. Clean your mattress more often.

Aside from urine, other things from your pet can also soil your mattress easily. This is why it has to be cleaned more often than you do when it’s just humans who sleep on them. Vacuum your mattress at least twice a week, especially if your pet sheds, so there won’t be a lot of pet hair on your bed. You should also change sheets at least once a week to ensure the cleanliness of your sleeping surface.

4. Air it out.

Airing the mattress out not only lets your bed breathe, but it also lets odors dissipate. If you can’t take your mattress outside for some sunning and fresh air, you can at least take off the sheets once a week and let it sit bare for a few hours.

5. Keep your pet well-groomed.

Keeping your pet well groomed can also help ensure the health of your mattress. If you keep your pet clean, you can be sure that they won’t stink up the bedroom and won’t bring illnesses as well. Regular and proper grooming can also help your pet to shed less, letting you enjoy a clean bedroom free of pet hair.

6. If your mattress has already been damaged, you can have it professionally cleaned or serviced.

If you already sleep with your pets and they have already peed on it, there are a number of ways how you can help your mattress recover. If these didn’t work for you, you can consider hiring a professional mattress cleaner or opt to have your unit serviced. Here at Salem Beds, we can replace foams and fabric covers. Just contact us and we’ll be more than happy to help you.

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Now that you know how to keep your mattress in good shape, sleeping with your pets should be a lot easier. Let’s just hope that they don’t have disturbing nocturnal habits, so you can be guaranteed of a good night’s sleep.



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