How to clean a headboard - the filthy reason you need to follow these 3 steps

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A headboard adds an element of sophistication to your bedroom, but it’s only luxurious if it’s clean. Your headboard collects more dust and bacteria than you’d think, and you should be cleaning it at least once a month. chatted to Time for Sleep and Antimicrobial Expert at Addmaster, Paul Morris, to find out how to clean your headboard.

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A headboard is often a statement piece in a relatively neutral bedroom, but more than a third of Brits admit to never cleaning their headboard.

To leave your bed looking as good as new, founder and director at Time4Sleep, Jonathan Warren, has teamed up with Antimicrobial Expert at Addmaster, Paul Morris, to share some top tips on how to properly clean your headboard.

Paul said: “The fabric on upholstered headboards offers the ideal conditions for several types of skin bacteria that break down sweat on the body.

“We’re more aware of bacteria found on bed linen but the headboard could be a much larger source of bacteria than we think.”

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Here are the three steps to cleaning a headboard for the first time.

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How to clean a headboard:How to clean a headboard: Headboards need to be cleaned at least once a month (Image: Getty)

How to clean a headboard:How to clean a headboard: Check the label before cleaning it (Image: Getty)

Read the label

Before you get to cleaning your headboard it’s vital to know what fabric it’s made from and the products and tools that can be used on the surface.

Jonathan said: “It can be difficult to identify the fabric on your headboard from a simple glance but the letter found on the label will give you the key information.

“The most common label found on upholstered fabric headboards is W which means that the fabric can withstand water-based solvents or foam upholstery cleaners.

“If you are looking to clean your headboard yourself, make sure to always trial a cleaning technique on an inconspicuous area first.”

How to clean a headboard:How to clean a headboard: Start by hoovering the headboard (Image: Getty)


No matter what fabric your headboard is made with (even upholstered fabrics), you should always start by hoovering the headboard.

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A hoover is the best tool to pick up dust, bacteria and light dirt.

Jonathan from Time for Sleep said: “Simply grab your hoover and run it gently across your headboard. This will pick up any dust

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