The average person spends one-third of their life asleep, and I can assure you that most of that time was spent on your mattress. Most people don’t realize that routine maintenance and cleaning of your mattress not only prolongs its lifespan but has many health benefits for you. So maybe it’s time for some spring cleaning or you’ve been getting some funky smells from your mattress recently.
Whatever the reason, you finally decided it’s time to clean out your old bed buddy (pun intended). The problem is a lot of people are stumped at this point and don’t actually have any idea on how to clean a mattress – I’ve even heard someone suggest taking it to the dry cleaners (that would have been a funny story).
Steps To Deep Clean A Mattress At Home
While looking like a seemingly daunting task, it’s actually quite simple if you know how to do it. It’s even easier then deep cleaning a carpet at home. Just follow a few shorts and easy steps we’re about to show you:
Firstly…Crack Open A Window
Cleaning out an old or dirty mattress can get pretty stuffy and smelly, especially if you have to use some of the chemicals we’re about to mention. So it’s probably a good idea to crack open a window or two and make sure the room is well ventilated. If you are good at improving air quality at home, it’s a plus as your mattress might not be that much contaminated.
Another good suggestion is to use a face mask and some hands gloves, especially for those with extremely sensitive noses or certain hypersensitivity conditions like asthma. A lot of dust mites and allergen particles might be released in the cleaning process and some of the chemicals we use for stain removal are extremely pungent (ex. ammonia), so a simple mask can save you days of sneezing and irritation.
Strip Your Bed Of All Its Bedding And Linens
Take off all the decorative bedding such as comforters, fitted sheets, pillows, pillowcases, and top sheets. Set these all aside to be washed, it’s important to have fresh bedding to put on the mattress after you’re done cleaning it. Put them in the washer and set it to a reasonable time. Be careful not to mix the darker colored sheets with the lighter ones and check the manufacturer laundry instructions for each item, especially the maximum temperature when drying. Once you have those in the washer you can now focus on the main task at hand.
Vacuum The Mattress
For this step, you can use a handheld vacuum or better yet the upholstery feature on your normal vacuum cleaner. This helps get out the dirt, dust, dead skin, hair, mites, bedbugs and a whole host of other things. Vacuum the bed thoroughly on both sides and don’t forget to focus on all the nooks and crannies where dirt and dust love to hide. Do this thoroughly until you feel satisfied with your effort.
Deodorize The Mattress
Without deodorizing your mattress there might still be some residual smells left over even after a thorough cleaning. Deodorizing is simple and just involves sprinkling baking soda generously over your mattress, gently scrubbing it in with a soft brush and allowing it to sit for at least 24 hours. It’s also advisable to let it sit in the sun while doing this, as sun-drying has a way of leaving items smelling fresh and clean.
After you’ve deodorized for an appropriate amount of time, thoroughly vacuum the bed again to suck up as much baking soda as you can. Hopefully, the baking soda has mixed with the body oils and fluids in the mattress and this second vacuuming helps suck them up with the baking soda.
Kill Mites And Bedbugs
While this might not be a part of routine mattress cleaning, it is important to remember and mention, especially when there are signs of an infestation. If you notice any blood spots or adult bedbugs or their eggs, there are several methods of getting rid of them. An easy one would be to thoroughly vacuum the mattress and then place it within an encasement for a year while using it. After a year, the bugs would have starved to death and can be safely vacuumed out completely. If the infestation is extensive, it may be wiser to call an exterminator.
On the part of dust mites, spray a mixture of essential oils on your mattress lightly. Make a combination of about 500 mL of distilled water along with about 2 spoons of aromatic oils such as clove, eucalyptus, or tea tree. Spray this mix lightly on the entire mattress and let it dry before using it.
How To Get Out Tough Stains
The most common stains seen on a mattress are sweat, urine, blood and food stains. While getting out food stains basically depends on the type of food that stained it. That should be removed with good washing, the other stains have a few tricks for making them disappear.
For dirt stains
First of all, spray some vinegar on the area around stain and then sprinkle some baking soda on it. Let this solution stay for some couple of hours. Now use a butter knife to remove the solution from the mattress along with the dirt stain. Use a Vacuum cleaner to clean off the dried baking soda.
Baking soda is a common ingredient found in household and has many hidden uses.
For blood stains
Combine 60 mL of hydrogen peroxide, table salt and 1 tablespoon of dish soap. Spread this combination over the stain and allow it to settle. Now use a butter knife or some similar thing to scrape off this solution. Dab away the remaining stain with a clean white cloth soaked in hydrogen peroxide.
How to clean urine stains
Make a solution of 250 mL of hydrogen peroxide with 3 tablespoons of baking soda and half spoon of dish soap. Now dab this mixture lightly over the urine stain. Let the area dry, meanwhile avoid the mattress soak that solution. Now dab away the remaining urine stain with a cloth soaked in hydrogen peroxide.
Cleaning vomit stains
It might be a good idea to open a window or get a face mask because ammonia has a pungent and irritating smell. To lighten vomit stains just moisten a clean cloth with ammonia and dab the stain with light hands. Wipe that area again by using a clean white cloth. Avoid the use of too much ammonia on the mattress.
Disinfect The Mattress
This is very important, as your mattress may accumulate bacteria and other contaminants over time. This is especially important if you’re cleaning the mattress for someone new to use. To do this you just combine 60 mL of bleach and 1 gallon of cool or cold water. Spray the mixture lightly over your mattress and then wipe it down with a clean, damp white cloth. It might be a good idea to do this in a well-ventilated room with gloves and a mask due to the pungent and irritating nature of bleach.
Air Your Mattress Out To Dry
Once you’re done with all these, leave your mattress to air dry in the sun for at least a day. The UV light helps break-down sweat stains, kills bacteria giving your mattress a crisp, fresh-scent that you’re guaranteed to love. Another good piece of advice would be to invest in a mattress cover, as this help keep stains and odors out and leave your mattress smelling and looking fresh for a longer time.
When To Clean Your Mattress
- When you start noticing weird rashes or allergies.
- If you notice signs of bedbug infestation or weird bites.
- When you haven’t cleaned it in a few months.
- If your mattress develops an odor.
- If you notice any obvious stains.
So, you might have observed that cleaning a mattress is not a daunting task and if you enjoy keeping your home feel good, you are going to enjoy this job too. After the clean up, your sleep will be much peace!