COTTON FOR THE FLORIDA FARM AND HOME
TAKE GOOD CARE
OF YOUR MATTRESS
Extension Specialist in Clothing and Textiles
SUE i." RUSH
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Cooperative Extension Work in Agriculture and Home Economics
(Acts of May 8, and June 30, 1914)
Agricultural Extension Service, University of Florida
Florida State College for Women
and United States Department of Agriculture
Wilmon Newell, Director
AGRICULTURAL EXTENSION SERVICE,
STATE HOME DEMONSTRATION DEPARTMENT,
TAKE GOOD CARE OF YOUR MATTRESS
Your mattress will last a long time if you make it well and
give it good care.
You are one of the thousands of families who have received
a cotton mattress because your Government wishes to help you
and your family to enjoy better living on the farm. This mat-
tress not only will make your family more comfortable and
healthful, but it is helping to use the surplus cotton. Your part
has been to make the mattress, and now do these things to take
care of it.
A new mattress should be sunned and beaten for 30 minutes
each day for two weeks before anyone sleeps on it. Clean the
bedstead and springs thoroughly before placing the new mat-
tress on the bed. Afterwards, the regular care includes airing,
sunning, beating, dusting, turning from side to side and end to
end, keeping it clean, not sitting on it, and keeping it free from
Air It.-Air your mat-
tress daily by throwing
back the covers and op-
ening all the windows
for an hour.
Turn It.-Turn your
S-4rEJ, mattress from end to
end, and side to side,
twice each week. This
will help to keep the
cotton from lumping,
and prevent the mattress
from sagging in spots.
Beat It.-Beat and sun
ft. A., your mattress once a
week to keep it fluffy,
clean and fresh. Florida
sunshine is good for
mattresses as well as for
people. Beat with a
broom handle, then
brush carefully with a
clean brush to remove
/#,5AT the dust.
Sun It.-When you
carry your mattress out-
side to beat and sun, get
someone to help you as
you must not bend or
fold it because this will
lump the cotton in your
mattress. Sun your mat-
tress while it is lying flat. The best way is to make a table of
planks and saw-horses like the ones in the mattress center. If
you put it on the ground, be sure to cover with paper or cloth
to keep the mattress clean.
Protect It.-Be careful not to tear your mattress by putting
it on boards with nails or on rough springs.
Keep It Clean.-It is easier to keep your mattress clean than
it is to clean it after it
has been soiled. A good
way to keep your mat-
tress clean is to make and
a springs cover,
a mattress cover,
a mattress pad.
These can be made easily at home, at little cost. Use sacks,
or any material which can be washed. Unbleached domestic
makes good covers. Ask your County Home Demonstration
Agent to show you how to make them.
Never sleep on your mattress without sheets. Sheets help
the mattress to stay clean, and make your bed more comfortable.
Do not let anyone sit on the edge of the bed.
your mattress free of
bedbugs. Look in the
seams and under the roll
each day for signs. If
you should find bedbugs,
you can get rid of them.
It will take time and
Put kerosene into a spray gun and spray into the cracks,
seams, and hiding places of the bedbugs. Go over the bedstead,
mattress, springs, pillows, and covers. A feather or a small
brush may be used to spread the kerosene. Do this every three
days for four weeks.
A surer way to get rid of bedbugs is to use bichloride of
mercury. Dissolve one tablet in a pint of warm water and apply
in the same way as you would kerosene. It will not harm the
mattress, bed springs, or bedstead. Remember bichloride of
mercury is a poison and should be used carefully, and kept out
of reach of the children.
If there are bedbugs in the walls or woodwork of your home,
treat them the same way. Keep your bed pulled several inches
away from the walls until your walls have been freed of bedbugs.
Remember it is easier and cheaper to take good care of the
mattress which you have already than it is to make or buy
another one. If you want your mattress to last a long time then
give it good care by airing, beating, sunning, turning, keeping
clean with covers, and keeping it free of bedbugs.
Many of you who have made a mattress will receive ma-
terials and make a cotton comfort. Take care of it in the same
way as you do your mattress.
/ a Sleep on your mattress
,-. at least eight hours out
of the 24, but let the
children sleep 10 hours
each night. You and your
family will sleep better
on a good mattress cov-
/ wars ered with a warm com-
fort. Better sleep means more rest, and more rest means better
Acknowledgment and thanks are extended to the Commercial Art
Class of the Marion County Vocational School for the illustrations used
in this leaflet.