If only a mattress can talk, it would be crying out for a deep clean!
Mattresses harbour dirt, dust, body fluids and germs which mean that it needs to undergo proper cleaning from time to time.
Regular mattress cleaning is strongly recommended for people with allergies; if you have pets sleeping with you; and if you are fond of eating crisps and snacks in bed.
The good thing is… mattress cleaning is easier than you think!
Here’s an ultimate mattress cleaning guide for you!
You’ll need the following cleaning tools:
- A vacuum cleaner with an upholstery attachment
- Baking soda
- Laundry detergent
- Dish soap
After gathering all the cleaning materials, let’s get down to it!
6 easy mattress cleaning steps
- Remove the beddings.
Change your beddings at least once a week to ensure a clean mattress. It all depends on your sleeping preferences. Some people sleep with their pets on the bed, so it is essential to keep the sheets free from pet hair and dirt to avoid allergies. Wash the beddings, pillowcases and blankets as soon as you can to prevent stains.
- Vacuum the mattress.
From dust in the air to skin cells build up; your mattress is one of the dirtiest items in your home. That only means that you need to have it vacuumed regularly! Use an upholstery tool when cleaning your mattress to remove dust mites, dander and other types of dirt. Using a vacuum with a HEPA filter is recommended as it throws less dirt and microscopic dust into your room when cleaning.
- Spot clean to remove stains and sweat.
Do not soak your mattress or apply the cleaning solution directly to the memory foam. The memory foam is not supposed to get wet!
Here are a few ways to remove mattress stains:
- Mix hydrogen peroxide, liquid dish soap and baking soda in a spray bottle. Spray the stained area and dab the surface gently using a clean rag.
- Use a natural cleaner that can easily break down stains such as baking soda, vinegar and lemon.
- Make lemon juice and salt paste. Rub it on the stained area and soak for 30 to 60 minutes.
- Sprinkle baking soda all over.
Sprinkle a cup of baking soda all over your mattress and let it soak for at least a couple of hours. The longer you leave it, the better! Baking soda deodorises the entire mattress and absorbs excess liquid from the stain during the removal process. While soaking the mattress with baking soda, open the windows to let the natural light shine in.
- Vacuum again.
Vacuum again to get rid of the baking soda and other remaining dirt.
- Flip it and repeat steps 1 to 5.
Flip the mattress to clean the other side.
4 Common Mattress Cleaning Mistakes
- Cleaning the mattress with water
It is a natural instinct to clean the spills on your mattress with water and soap. Your mattress is not designed for getting wet as it can damage the upholstery – manufacturers specifically mention that.
- Using the wrong type of vacuum
A normal vacuum will not suffice – the multi-purpose vacuum cleaner is also a no-no. It is not designed for cleaning your mattress and bedsheets.
- Steam cleaning the mattress
You’re right! Steam cleaning can kill bacteria as well as remove stains. However, it could provide a favourable environment for mold and mildew in your mattress.
- Using a beater
Beating the mattress can spread dust into the air which is not safe for people suffering from allergies. Also, it does not remove dirt and mite, so don’t bother.
We all want to get a good night sleep after a long day at work. We also rely on our mattresses to enjoy a comfy bed.
I am pretty sure that you have invested on a comfy mattress through your hard-earned money. Keeping it clean and fresh is one way to show care for your essential belongings.
If you’re asking… how often should you clean your mattress? It depends.
People with allergies should freshen up their mattress at least once a week. If you sleep with your pets, vacuum cleaning is a requirement.
Others vacuum their mattress once a month.
What happens if you don’t clean your mattress?
A filthy mattress can lead to bed discomforts which can affect your sleep. It can also make you sick due to the allergens scattered in the air.
The build-up of dust, body fluids, dead skin cells and mold can make you feel uncomfortable when laying down.
It is essential to clean your mattress properly and to avoid the cleaning mistakes most people commit.
Get professional help for your mattress cleaning for the best results.
All the best & happy cleaning!