It is more comfortable to sleep in a mattress that is clean and fresh.
Mattresses can collect so much dirt, dust and other debris, especially if you have pets that jump around on your bed or you are just a midnight snacker. Or kids who pee in ped. You may not even think about it because you have sheets, which ultimately protect the mattress but over time, all of this debris can sprinkle down to your mattress without you even noticing. This is when it’s time to give your mattress a nice clean. Luckily it’s easier than you might think. Here are some simple steps to keep your mattress in tip-top shape.
#1: To clean your mattress you will need the following supplies:
- A vacuum with an upholstery attachment
- Dish soap to get the stains out
- Baking soda
- Laundry detergent
- Cleaning clothes
- Cold water
#2: Strip the bed and wash all the bedding
Now is time to remove your sheets, pillowcases, and mattress covers and toss them in the washing machine while you work on cleaning the mattress.
#3: Vacuum your mattress
Using your vacuum, go over the entire surface of your mattress. Focus on the seams and crevices of your mattress as a lot of dirt can collect in these spots.
#4: Clean your mattress with a stain remover
After vacuuming, eliminate the stains on your mattress. First thing to keep in mind is that you should never soak your mattress or apply water or cleaning solution directly to it. You should choose your stain remover based on the type of mattress you have as well as the type of stain. For biological stains, you should use an enzyme cleaner. Spray the cleaner on a clean cloth and then dab the area that needs cleaning. After this, you can apply cold water to a different clean cloth and continue dabing until the stain lifts.
#5: Apply baking soda to your entire mattress
Apply baking soda by sprinkling a layer over the top of the mattress and leave it for several hours. Using baking soda will break down acid and absorb any remaining moisture or odor. The longer you can leave baking soda on the mattress, the better it will work. If you can, open any windows in the room to let the light and sunshine in. The sun’s UV rays will actually help kill any mold or bacteria on the mattress.
6: Vacuum again
Once the baking soda has done its job, it’s time to vacuum over the entire mattress once again.
#7: Don’t forget the other side of the mattress
Both sides of your mattress deserve equal attention when cleaning it. You might encounter more dust when cleaning the underside. Flip the mattress over and repeat steps 1-6. This will clean it all up and ensure both sides are equally clean and fresh.
8: Use a mattress protector
Cover your fresh mattress with a mattress protector. This will make cleaning easier in the future and protect it from spills, dirt, and other debris.