Your mattress is one of your most important possessions. You may keep cleaning your house daily but how often do you clean your mattress?
Did you know? The state of your dust allergy, skin problems and your indoor air quality highly depends on your mattress hygiene! That’s why only buying a good mattress or following a good diet won’t help you get a healthy sleep; keeping your mattress clean is also important. About once every six months or so, it’s important to clean your mattress.
Despite mattresses being protected by bedding, sweat, stains, dust mites and more can still seep into the fibers, even through the mattress topper. Keep reading to learn how to clean a mattress properly.
a)Vacuum Your Mattress
One of the easiest and most straightforward ways to clean your mattress is through vacuuming. This method won’t remove stains, but, it will efficiently remove most dirt, pet hair, dandruff and food that has found its way under your sheets. To clean your mattress with a vacuum (handheld vacuums are best for this step), make sure to first remove any sheets and coverings. If you’re looking for specific vacuums to use, The Home Depot offers a variety of options.
b)Clean Using Baking Soda
Another method of cleaning your mattress is by using baking soda. This multifaceted compound will easily remove stains and odors, essentially deodorizing the mattress.
In order to begin the stain removal process, sprinkle baking soda over the entirety of the mattress. Then, let the baking soda sit for, at minimum, an hour. The baking soda will then start to absorb excess liquids and odors.
Once you’ve let it do its job, vacuum up the baking soda.
Spot-clean any stains on the mattress by mixing a paste of baking soda, salt, and water. Rub the stain with the paste, and let it sit for 30 minutes. Wipe away with a damp clean cloth.
d)Removing Urine and Sweat Stains
Bedwetting happens-it’s typical in a household with kids to have at least one or two nighttime accidents. Sweat produces similar yellowish stains, and over time, it’s common for mattresses to become discolored and musty smelling from sweat.
1.Create a Cleaning Solution
Mix together one cup of 3-percent hydrogen peroxide, 3 tablespoons of baking soda, and just a few drops of liquid dishwashing soap. Stir until the baking soda dissolves.
2.Soak the Mattress
Pour the mixture into a spray bottle, and then spray the entire stained area of the mattress, letting the solution soak into the mark.
3.Let the Mattress Dry
Leave the solution to air dry for at least an hour. If you want to speed things up, set a blowing fan near the mattress, or use your blow dryer on the cool setting.
e)Removing Blood Stains
It’s an unfortunate fact of life that sometimes mattresses get stained with blood. If this happens to yours, treat the stain as quickly as possible.
1.Prepare a Cleaning Solution
Fill a spray bottle with 3-percent hydrogen peroxide.
2.Spray the Mattress
Spray the bloodstain, then blot with a clean towel. Repeat spraying and blotting the stain until it is gone.
3.Let It Dry
Let the mattress air dry, or use your blow dryer to speed up the process.
f)Removing Vomit Stains
Whether it’s from a stomach virus or too many cookies before bedtime, kids all seem to vomit in bed at one time or another. Acting quickly is key to eliminating the odor and stain.
1.Prepare a Cleaning Solution
Mix a 50/50 solution of water and white vinegar in a spray bottle.
2.Treat the Mattress
Spray the soiled area of the mattress, then blot with a clean towel. Continue spraying and blotting until the mark is gone.
3.Apply Baking Soda
Sprinkle a little bit of baking soda over the treated area. After an hour, vacuum away the baking soda, and let the mattress air dry.
g)Air Out Your Mattress
You can do this step either before or after having cleaned your mattress using the steps above. Airing out your mattress is beneficial in many ways. Not only does it allow any remaining moisture to dry out, but it exposes your mattress to the sun and fresh air.
To air out your mattress, simply open a window so your mattress is hit with sunshine or pick up your mattress and bring it outside. Doing this will eliminate bacteria and mold that may be present on your mattress. Plus, it will help alleviate or eliminate odor.
If you’ve done one or all of these steps, you’ve learned how to clean a mattress. To keep it that way, it’s recommended you invest in a mattress pad, a mattress protector or cover. These items will help prevent future stains, dirt and pests from seeping their way in. It’s also important that you flip or rotate your mattress every three to six months. This will help keep each side cleaner, as well as preventing wear and tear.
Additionally, don’t forget to clean your bedding regularly. Pillow protectors and duvet covers are simple ways to make your bedding last and keep it cleaner.