Do you know how your mattress smells? It doesn’t! That’s because it’s hidden under a sheet and duvet.
But when was the last time you removed those sheets and cleaned them? You might want to consider giving your mattress the same treatment that you give your sheets, blankets, and bedding.
Dusting it off every so often (like once every two weeks) can help prevent dust mites from showing up on your bedding. And there are other ways of keeping things clean as well.
So don’t let foul odours or stains ruin what should be a pleasant experience with your beloved mattress: here's how to clean your mattress.
Strip the bed
The first step to cleaning your mattress is to strip the bed. Remove sheets, pillows, and any mattress pads or protectors
If you have a stained mattress, follow the stain removal tips below before proceeding with drying your mattress.
Start with vacuuming
Vacuum the mattress. -This is a no-brainer and should go without saying, but you can't be too careful when cleaning your mattress.
It is recommended to vacuum with a handheld vacuum immediately after making sure there are no bedbugs or other unwanted guests on your bed.
Vacuuming will eliminate dirt, dust mites, and other allergens lurking in your mattress's corners. Don't forget about the sides and edges. These areas often collect hair from pets or humans and lint from sheets and blankets.
And don't forget those pesky crevices around buttons or zippers either—these are prime spots for dust bunnies to congregate.
Deal with stains
You can remove many common stains from a mattress by sprinkling some baking soda on top of the stain and letting it sit for about 20 minutes.
Then, gently scrub residual dirt and odour with a brush or sponge. If there is still a remaining stain after this process, you may need to purchase a product that removes stains from fabrics.
You should also consider using a vacuum cleaner to remove excess moisture from your mattress if you cannot fully dry it after washing and drying it with clean water.
Deodorize the mattress
To deodorize the mattress, sprinkle baking soda over the entire surface of your mattress.
Hang tight some time for it to produce results. Then vacuum up all of that baking soda and repeat if necessary. This trick works incredibly well on mattresses that have already been cleaned with soap or vinegar.
Let it dry
Once the mattress is clean, it's time to let it dry. If you've used a steam cleaner, this step will likely only take about an hour or so.
But if you've opted for a traditional cleaning method and are using a brush and water—which will thoroughly clean your mattress—you'll have to wait until it completely dries before going in for another round of vacuuming (and don't forget about those pillows!).
Avoid using a hair dryer on any part of your mattress; doing so can damage its internal structure by making the fibers brittle and weak. You don't want that!
Make it smell fresh
Now that you've removed the grossness, it's time to make your mattress smell good. We recommend baking soda—sprinkle it on the bed and let it sit overnight.
It is possible to add a few drops of essential oils (like lavender or lemon) to a splash container of water and fog the surface of your mattress.
If you have pets and kids who use your bed as their trampoline, vacuum with a brush attachment before putting on new sheets, which will help keep them from getting dirty too quickly.
Finally, if mildew has caused an odour issue in specific spots on your mattress, try using a steam cleaner instead of baking soda or essential oils
—the steam will kill bacteria and help remove odours more efficiently than simply sprinkling something over the top.
A clean mattress is a comfortable mattress!
A clean mattress is a comfortable mattress. Mattresses are essential to our everyday lives and shouldn't be neglected.
If you want your mattress to last as long as possible (and who doesn't?), you must know how to clean it properly.
If you're feeling like your mattress could use a little sprucing up, here are some reasons why:
- Cleaning removes allergens and dust mites that can cause respiratory problems.
- It freshens the air inside your home.
- It keeps your family healthy by eliminating bacteria, moldy odours, and other potentially harmful substances in most homes today.
Ideally, this guide has assisted you with sorting out some way to clean a mattress. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.