Do You Know How to Clean Your Mattress?

Cleaning your mattress is a task that you should do on a regular basis. Regularly and thoroughly cleaning your mattress will prevent the accumulation of mites and resulting allergies.
Do You Know How to Clean Your Mattress?

Last update: 15 November, 2021

Due to the amount of time we spend in our beds, it’s important to clean our mattresses on a regular basis. Even if you use mattress protectors or good bedding, your sweat, dust, and mites can cause bad odors and the accumulation of dirt. Do you know how to clean your mattress?

Good mattress hygiene will help you to prevent developing allergies. Dust and dirt attract the presence of mites, bacteria, and even fungi when moisture accumulates. So, beyond aesthetics, when you clean your mattress properly, you’ll protect your health and that of your family.

Therefore, in this article, we’re going to explain how to carry out a thorough clean of your mattress. Remember that if you don’t have enough time to do this task, you can instruct a specialist company that’s dedicated to solving this problem.

Steps to cleaning your mattress

Vacuum the mattress.

Although for many people the task of cleaning their mattress seems tedious, it doesn’t have to be! You only need to dedicate a couple of hours every 15 or 20 days to ensure a thorough clean. In addition, once you follow a regular routine, the easier the task will become and cleanliness will start to reign.

1. Get all your cleaning implements ready: clean your mattress

The most important step of any cleaning process has to do with the selection and organization of all the implements you’ll need. These include a special upholstery vacuum, stain remover or furniture soap, baking soda, wet and dry cloths, and most importantly–water.

As you can see, you can opt for specialized cleaning products or use general household products and ingredients. Among them, lemon, vinegar, or hydrogen peroxide, are all very effective in removing stains.

2. Vacuum your mattress to remove dust and mites

The vacuum cleaner is a very important tool when cleaning your mattress. It allows you to efficiently remove dust, crumbs, traces of dirt, and mites in a single exercise. If you haven’t done this for a long time, vacuum the entire mattress at least twice, paying particular attention to the cracks, joints, and corners.

If you have a steam cleaner instead of a vacuum cleaner, the cleaning task will be more than finished in this first step. Since with this utensil, liquid, food, and sweat stains are instantly removed.

3. Time to scrub your mattress

If you don’t own or have access to a steam cleaner, you’ll need to clean the surface of your mattress the old fashion way: with water, soap, and a cloth. Due to the materials from which most mattresses are typically made, it’s not advisable to apply large quantities of water directly to your mattress.

The first option you have is to mix your cleaning supplies in a bucket and scrub the mattress with a damp cloth or soft sponge. The second is to mix the products in a spray bottle and spray it on the mattress while you gently scrub the stains.

To disinfect and deodorize apply a little vinegar and baking soda mixed in a spray bottle. If the smell of vinegar overwhelms you, then apply a mild deodorizer with a more pleasant aroma.

4. Dry your mattress after cleaning

Once you’ve finished and you think your mattress is clean, you have to get drying! Use a hair dryer or open your windows and leave your mattress exposed so that the fresh air can dry it.

Clean your mattress: remove urine stains

Urine stains

Urine stains are very common on a child’s mattress, especially in young children who aren’t yet toilet trained. It’s okay, simply follow this advice to keep their mattress clean.

When the urine stain is fresh, try to blot quickly with an absorbent cloth. Apply a little white vinegar or hydrogen peroxide to eliminate the smell. Now, if the stain is dry, use baking soda diluted in water.

For stubborn stains, mix hydrogen peroxide and baking soda to create a paste, let it work before wiping it off with a damp cloth. In any case, you can buy enzymatic products that in addition to removing the stain, eliminate the odor more easily.

How to clean sweat stains

All of us sweat during the night and some more than others. Sweating and the amount we sweat also depends on the climate, diet, and hydration levels, among other factors. The fact is that sweat becomes impregnated in the mattress and can create stains and odors.

To clean sweat stains, especially those that are old and ingrained, you can use ammonia. However, because it’s such a strong product try using hydrogen peroxide first. Or even a little hot water mixed with white vinegar, and baking soda.

Clean your mattress: remove blood stains

Blood stains on mattresses are common. These can be due to accidents while you’re resting or during menstruation. The ideal thing is to clean the stains shortly after they occur, so it’s easier to remove them. When the blood dries, it clings more tightly to the fabric.

Hydrogen peroxide is one of the best alternatives to clean fresh blood stains. When it comes to dried-on stains try baking soda diluted in water.

Ready to clean your mattress?

As you can see, cleaning your mattress isn’t so complex, especially if you have the right products for each type of stain. As a last tip, before putting your bedding on the bed, sprinkle a little baking soda on your mattress, this will help it to stay deodorized.

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