Cleaning a mattress is probably not on a lot of people’s list of important cleaning tasks throughout the year. Sure, sheets and blankets provide a covering for you mattress, but in reality they aren’t enough to prevent spills, bodily fluids, and other undesirable things from dirtying up your precious sleeping surface. Mold spores and dust mite infestation are a common issue as well, and two things that are difficult to spot with the naked eye.
Because of this, regular mattress cleaning and maintenance is essential in keeping your mattress in optimal shape. After all, a clean mattress is a healthy mattress, and it goes a long way in ensuring quality sleep, not to mention protecting your mattress investment. So, how exactly does one go about cleaning a mattress? Read on to find out more.
What You’ll Need
While some of these initial steps are applicable to any kind of general mattress cleaning, certain stains will require certain cleaners and products to be more effective.
Here’s a list of items to have on hand before starting:
- Vacuum Cleaner
- Baking Soda
- Hydrogen Peroxide
- Dish Soap
- Table Salt
- Dry Laundry Detergent
- White Rags or Towels
- Scrub Brush
This is probably pretty obvious, but worth saying anyway. Before beginning the cleaning process for your mattress, remove all blankets, sheets, pillows, and cases, wash them in hot water, and set aside. Do not redress your mattress and bed until the mattress is completely clean and dry.
Vacuuming and Deodorizing
Now that you have your mattress bare, it’s time to start. Take your vacuum and attach its upholstery cleaning extension. If yours doesn’t have one that is okay — you’ll have to place your entire vacuum onto the mattress instead. Start the vacuuming process at the very top of your mattress, working the vacuum down back and forth in overlapping paths. After finishing the top, vacuum the sides as best you can. You should now have effectively removed any loose particles of dirt and build-up.
Once you have finished vacuuming, it’s time to move on to deodorizing. Take your baking soda and gently sprinkle a thin layer across the surface of the mattress. If you’d like to add a little scent to your mattress, try adding a drop or two of essential oil such as lavender to the baking soda beforehand. After spreading the baking soda out, use your scrub brush to gently work the baking soda into the mattress. Allow the baking soda to sit for 15-20 minutes, then use your vacuum in the same way as directed above to remove the remaining baking soda.
Cleaning Bodily Fluids
Hey, things happen. To remove bodily fluid stains (including vomit,) begin by removing any solid material. Taking a white rag, dip it into your ammonia, and gently dab the stain. When clean, wipe the previously stained area with a damp rag. Follow this by sprinkling baking soda onto the area, waiting 15 minutes, and vacuuming off. If you have a urine stain, start by soaking up as much as you can with a rag. Then, take 3 tbsp. of baking soda and dissolve it into 8 oz. of hydrogen peroxide.
Finish your cleaning solution by adding a few drops of liquid dish soap. This solution can then be gently dabbed onto the stain with a damp rag. If the stain remains, mix together 3 tbsp. of dry, non-oxygenated laundry detergent with a small amount of water to make a dry foam. Apply the foam to the stain, allow to dry, and then vacuum it off. This method can be used for other stains as well, such as spilled drinks and food.
Cleaning Blood Stains
Dried blood stains can be a pesky stain to remove from a mattress, but it is possible. Simply take 1/4 cup of hydrogen peroxide, and mix it with 1 tbsp. of liquid dish soap and salt. Mix the three together to form a paste, and apply it to the stain on the mattress. Allow for the paste to dry, and then scrape it off. If there is still a slight stain left, dip your white rag into some peroxide and gently dab the stain until its clear.
Keeping a Mattress Clean
Now that your mattress is clean, you want to keep it that way, right? Here are a few things you can do to keep your mattress clean, allergy-friendly, and smelling great. Utilizing mattress pads, covers, and liners is one of the more obvious things you can do. Placing a barrier between your sheets and mattress not only prevents stains from penetrating, but also traps dust mites and other allergens inside
Regular Vacuuming and Baking Soda Applications
Proper mattress maintenance can be as simple as keeping a regular schedule with vacuuming and deodorizing. Do it every time you wash your sheets and bedding. Some points to remember are:
- Keep Humidity Low.
- Dust mites flourish in humid climates. Keeping a dehumidifier in your room can drastically cut down on the amount of dust mites living in your bed, not to mention inhibiting mildew and mold.
Replace Your Mattress Today!
Follow these steps to ensure a fresh and clean mattress for as long as you own it! While these steps do provide a healthy lifespan for your mattress, the time will eventually come for it to be replaced. When you find yourself in the market for a new mattress, be sure to stop by Tier4 Mattress, your local DC mattress store to browse countless brands and sizes for all your mattress and bedding needs. If you have any additional questions contact Tier4 Mattress online or call to hear about what great deals we currently have in stock.