How to Clean a Mattress

How to Clean a Mattress

We spend a third of our lives in bed and your mattress gets exposed to all kinds of things including sweat, drool, dead skin, skin oils and a whole bunch of other things nobody wants to talk about. If you have fur babies then you also have pet dander, everyday allergens, and dust mites, all of that can make for one funky mattress.  Suffice it to say, you need your mattress cleaned, the question is do you know how to clean a mattress properly?

First of all mattresses aren’t cheap, but they are also important to your overall health.  Regardless of that fact most people never clean their mattresses at all, it’s not like you can toss them into the washing machine.  You wash sheets and comforters regularly and they put them right back onto a dirty mattress.  So let’s get down to business and learn how to clean your mattress the right way.

We have already established that it is important to keep your mattress clean, you spend a lot of time there.  You also don’t want to use toxic chemicals or spend a fortune on commercial cleaning products that smell bad. Fortunately there are natural methods you can use to keep your mattress clean, get rid of unwanted stains and have a blissful night’s sleep.

What You’re Going to Need

Here are the basic tools:

  • Vacuum
  • Clean cloths and/or towels
  • Spray bottle
  • Fan or blow dryer to dry out the mattress
  • Bowl

Here are the cleaning ingredients:

  • Baking soda
  • Sale
  • Hydrogen peroxide (3% solution)
  • Dawn dish soap
  • Vinegar
  • Essential oil (try a scent you’ll like, lavender is relaxing)

How to Clean Your Mattress

  1. To start with you’re going to need to strip the bed and throw everything into the laundry, you want to put fresh sheets on a cleaned mattress.
  2. Vacuum your mattress, all parts of it including the top, sides and underneath. Get someone to help you lift the mattress so you can get between the box spring and mattress too.
  3. Combine together a cup of baking soda along with a couple of drops of the essential oil you have chosen. You want to scent the baking soda so you will put it into a fine strainer and shake the soda over the entire mattress.  You want to leave it sitting there for about an hour or so.  Vacuum the baking soda off the mattress.
  4. Next you want to get rid of any stains that are on your mattress. You can mix baking soda, salt and a few drops of water until it makes a paste.  Let the paste sit on the stain for a half an hour or so and then wipe off with a clean, damp cloth.
  5. Now it is time to make the bed with your fresh clean linens.

Hard to Remove Stains

If you have children then you know that accidents can happen and children’s mattresses can end up with urine stains.  Sweat stains can also look like urine stains, both can make your mattress smell bad so here’s how you can deal with that. You want to make a solution using a couple of drops of Dawn dish soap, 2 tablespoons of baking soda and a cup of peroxide.  Using a spray bottle, soak the stained areas of your mattress and leave the solution to air dry.  You can bring a fan into the room or use your hair dryer to dry the mattress off quicker.

Keeping Your Mattress Clean

There are a couple of ways you can keep your mattress clean and lasting longer.  The first thing you should consider is buying a mattress cover, there are a couple of different ones that you can purchase but consider the kind that hotels use.  It is made with a lightweight plastic, you won’t even know it is there, and your mattress fits inside and you zip it up.  It will keep out bed bugs, and any kind of moisture, it is highly recommended for a child’s bed.  There are fabric mattress covers that offer an extra layer of protection against stains.

Clean your mattress every three to six months and treat any stains you have immediately.  Changing your sheets at least once a week will help keep away dust mites and buildup of dead skin.  Flip your mattress every couple of months or rotate it if you have a pillow top.  Keeping your mattress clean is good for your health and will make your mattress last years longer.

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