Many of us often neglect cleaning our mattresses because since we regularly wash our bed linen and don’t come into direct contact with the mattress, we think it’s clean. However, much of our sweat and dead skin cells end up nesting on our mattresses as well as thousands of dust mites.
How To Clean A Mattress
- Vacuum the mattress
- Remove stains
- Sprinkle baking soda
- Air out the mattress
The first thing you want to do before you start to clean the mattress is to remove all bedding and get them washed! You don’t want to put used sheets back on your bed after cleaning your mattress.
Vacuum The Mattress
Remove all the unwanted dirt, dust mites and debris from your mattress with a vacuum. Use the upholstery attachment on your vacuum, making sure it is clean before you use it. Also, don’t forget to vacuum both sides and around the edges/corners before you start the stain removal process.
When going to treat a stain on the mattress, be careful not to add too much of the solution on to the stain, but instead add bits at a time. There are several methods you can try when going to remove stains from your mattress.
- White Vinegar + Water
Create a mixture of 50/50 white vinegar and water and spray it on to the stain. Let it sit for 5-10 minutes, then dab with a clean cloth.
- Baking soda + Water
Dab a mixture of 2 cups of water and 1 tablespoon of baking soda to the stain with a sponge and let it sit for about 30 mins before blotting with a cloth. Alternatively, you can use a spray bottle to apply this mixture onto the stain.
- Washing up liquid + Water
Combine a mixture of water and 1 table spoon of washing up liquid in a bowl and mix. With a sponge, gently wipe and lift the stain and let it sit for 5-10 mins before blotting it with a clean cloth. Alternatively you can spray the mixture on.
- Washing up liquid + Hydrogen peroxide
Combine 2 tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide and a tablespoon of dish soap in a bowl and mix to create suds. Using a toothbrush, gently scrub the stains with the suds created from the mixture and wipe off with a clean, damp cloth.
Sprinkle Baking Soda
After treating the stains, sprinkle baking soda over the mattress as it will help to remove odour, adsorb remaining fluids and refresh your mattress. Spread the baking soda out evenly with a cloth or brush and let it for 10-30 mins before vacuuming it.
Air Out The Mattress
Let your mattress air out for a good few hours before putting your bed sheets on. Crack open a window and allow fresh air to circulate in the room for your mattress to ‘breath’ and dry out.
To protect your mattress and to minimise cleaning, use a mattress protector. It’s usually made from plastic and will protect your mattress from stains, dirt and bugs. However, this should be cleaned every month to maintain the cleanliness of the mattress.
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