Your mattress is a significant investment and it is one of your valuable possessions. Hence it makes sense to keep it clean and ready so that it lasts and continues to provide you with years of peaceful sleep. Mattresses could easily turn into storage of dust mites, dirt, mould, mildew, dead skin and many more things that can trigger allergy symptoms and asthma if left unchecked. Routine cleaning of the mattress not only extends its lifespan but prevents allergies and other diseases from spreading. The good news is that cleaning a mattress is relatively simple. Here we will discuss how to take care of your mattress and keep your mattress long-lasting and healthy.
1. Mattress Cleaning Materials
For proper cleaning of mattress, you will need the following supplies of materials:
- Enzyme cleaner or dish soap
- Baking soda
- Laundry detergent
- Cleaning cloths
- A vacuum
When using soaps and cleaning products, ensure not to use anything too harsh that could harm the delicate fabric of the mattress. You may also use products with a sweet scent.
2. Wash the Bedding
To begin with, wash your sheets, mattress covers, and pillowcases for hygienic reasons as sweat, body oils and dirt accumulate naturally, seeping deep into the mattress over time if not cleaned regularly. Ideally, wash bedding in hot water to remove any dust mites. Pillows too may be washed, depending on their type (follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully).
In general, wash sheets and pillowcases weekly or more frequently if pets too sleep in your bed. People in warmer climates or those suffering from seasonal allergies may also require more frequent washing during certain times of the year. However, items that don’t come into close contact with sleepers need less frequent washing. Hence wash your comforters and blankets once every 2 to 3 months, pillow inserts every 4 to 6 months, and duvet covers every 1 to 2 times a month.
3. Vacuum the Mattress
Using your vacuum upholstery attachment, gently vacuum the surface of the mattress, including the sides and seams to get rid of every last bit of hidden dirt and dust. Make sure to vacuum under the bed as well. Flip the mattress, if it is two-sided; with a one-sided mattress, rotate from head to toe and vacuum both its sides.
4. Spot-cleaning with Stain Remover
Now it is time to check for stains and areas of discolouration on the surface of the mattress for spot cleaning. When it comes to stain removal, there are three basic rules to follow:
- Get the stains out as soon as they occur.
- Before you begin using any cleaning solution, check the mattress label.
- First test the solution on a small area of the stain to find out if it can damage the mattress.
Be careful not to soak your mattress, especially if it is a memory foam or polyfoam mattress.
Read on for advice to find out which stain remover is suitable for the type of stain and the type of mattress. Soak a clean white cloth with the cleaner and dab the stained area. Follow up with a different cloth soaked in cold water, continuing blotting until the stain is removed. Make sure to use as little solution and water as possible. This method is suitable to remove stains resulting from sweat, blood, vomit, urine, etc.
5. Sprinkle Baking Soda
Once the visible stains are removed and the mattress is completely dry, sprinkle a thin layer of baking soda over the entire surface of the mattress and leave it for at least a few hours. Baking soda helps in breaking down acids, absorbing moisture and neutralizing odour. If possible, open windows to let in air and sunshine in the room.
6. Vacuum Again
Once the baking soda has worked up its way through, vacuum it up thoroughly. If a fabric headboard exists, vacuum it as well.
7. Flip and Repeat
Now that the top side of the mattress is stain-free, flip the mattress over and repeat steps 4 through 6 so that both sides are fresh and clean. Although the bottom is unlikely to have any visible stains, it can still gather dust and germs. Depending on the type of mattress material and the kind of stains, you may have to analyse and find an effective solution to remove stain from the mattress. Flipping the mattress should be done at regular intervals, irrespective of whether you are deep cleaning or not. As mattresses get more specialised, the best thing for you would be to check the model with the manufacturer for best results.
8. Ways to Protect the Mattress
Once the mattress is completely dry and clean, it is time to protect it. In most cases, using a mattress protector (preferably waterproof) remains the best choice as it protects it from spills and prevents the buildup of dirt and germs, making cleaning a lot easier.
9. Use a Fitted Sheet
The use of fitted sheets and mattress encasements to wrap mattresses and box springs prevent the accumulation of dust and other allergens.