About one-third of your life you spend on your mattress, so it makes sense to take good care of it. Cleaning your mattress will not only help to reduce allergens in your bedroom but will also help to keep the mattress in its prime condition. But since you can’t just load it up into a washing machine, how to clean a mattress at home?
How Often To Clean Your Mattress?
At a minimum, clean your mattress every six months. However, if there’re stains or unpleasant odor, it’s best to clean the mattress right away.
How To Clean Your Mattress?
Step 1 – Strip the Bed
Before you start the cleaning process, remove anything that’s covering the mattress. That includes pillows, blankets, sheets and bedding. Throw these items in the wash, so they would also get clean while you work on the mattress.
Step 2 – Vacuum the Mattress
Get your vacuum cleaner and use the upholstery attachment to clean the mattress. This will remove any dust, hair, dead skin cells, mites or any other debris that might be lurking in your there. Make sure to thoroughly vacuum, getting into all the cracks, edges, sides and corners.
Step 3 – Treat Stains
Ideally, you want to treat any stains or odors as soon as they occur. Don’t let them settle in, which will make it a lot more difficult to get rid of them.
If there’s a spill, take a clean cloth dampened in cold water and blot the spot. But don’t rub it, as it will only push the spill further into the mattress. Instead, carefully continue blotting, working from the outside to the center of the stain, until all the excess liquid is gone.
If there’re stains, you can do spot-cleaning. There are a few ways to do it but it depends on the type of mattress you have and the makeup of the stain.
To remove urine stains, for example, start by blotting the excess liquid. Next, prepare a cleaning solution with a mix of a cup of 3% hydrogen peroxide, 2 tablespoons of baking soda and a teaspoon of dishwashing soap. Use a clean piece of cloth, soak it in the mix and then apply it onto the stain. Let it sit for some time so that the solution can soak into the mark. After that, vacuum or wipe away any residue that is left of the mix. If the stain remains, repeat the process.
If your mattress gets stained with blood, you can treat with 3% hydrogen peroxide. However, keep in mind that it has bleaching qualities, so if you don’t want to bleach your mattress, check for color fastness. To remove the stain, apply hydrogen peroxide with a clean, white cloth. Leave it for 5-10 minutes and then blot until dry.
You can also use an upholstery or enzyme-based cleaner. Enzyme cleaners, for example, are great at removing a variety of biological stains, such as blood, urine, sweat and other. You can find instructions on how to use them on the product’s label since it might differ for different brands.
When treating stains on your mattress, keep in mind that mattresses are not meant to get wet. So, use the smallest amount of cleaner, especially if you’re cleaning a memory foam mattress.
Step 4 – Add Baking Soda
Once you’ve cleaned the stains, it’s time to deodorize the mattress. A simple way to do this is with the help of baking soda.
Sprinkle a generous amount of baking soda over the entire surface of the mattress. Also, if you want to give your mattress a more refreshing smell, consider mixing baking soda with a few drops of your favorite essential oil.
Leave the baking soda to sit on the mattress for 12 to 24 hours. That means that you might have to spend the night sleeping on the couch or camping out. But the longer you leave it, the more effective will be the odor removal. You can also place your mattress by a sunny window. The sunlight will make the satinizing action even stronger.
Once the time is up, thoroughly vacuum the mattress to remove the excess baking soda.
Step 5 – Air the Mattress
If the weather is good and you can get your mattress outside, air it out. Sunlight with a combination of fresh air has a natural ability to sanitize and refresh fabrics. If you’ve been using anything liquid to clean the mattress, airing will also let it dry. You don’t want any moisture getting trapped inside and leading to mold.
So, wait for a clear day, take your mattress outside and let it air for a few hours. You can also give it a good beating to get rid of any dust, dander or other debris.
If you can’t get your mattress outside, you can leave it next to an open window, which would also allow the sunlight to work its magic.
Step 6 – Use a Mattress Protector
If you’re not using one yet, now is a good time to get it. Mattress covers make it a lot easier cleaning the mattress in the future. It’s a case that seals the mattress and protects it from dirt and stains. And, unlike a mattress, you can just throw it in the washing machine, making it a lot easier and faster to clean.
There are also waterproof protectors that you can use for your mattress. These will also keep your mattress protected from all liquid spills.
Using a mattress pad or a protector will help to keep your mattress intact and will also make sure that your mattress warranty doesn’t go void because of some stains or spills.
Mattresses are bulky and it might seem like a daunting task to clean one. However, hopefully our tutorial has shown you that it’s actually a fairly simple process. Remember that keeping a regular mattress cleaning routine will help to keep allergens and dust away, will prolong the life of the mattress and will make sure that it keeps up to warranty.