Mattresses are on the receiving end of dead skin cells, sweat, stains, dust mites, and all manner of “lovely” things.
Despite mattress protectors and mattress pads, you still need to periodically clean the thing you sleep on every night at least once every six months if you sleep on it nightly.
Not only is your mattress an expensive purchase, but it also plays an important role in keeping you healthy both mentally and physically.
Despite that, most people show their mattress little love, never giving it a proper cleaning.
How to clean a mattress correctly
The following are some ways you can use:
Vacuum the mattress
After taking out your bedsheets and mattress cover, give your mattress a quick pass with your vacuum cleaner to get rid of those cracker crumbs from late night munching sessions, along with any other dirt, pet hair, and dust that’s accumulated over time.
Spot clean to remove sweat and other stains
- Treat stains with a combination of hydrogen peroxide, liquid dish soap, and baking soda. Mix them into a spray bottle and treat the stained area. Blot and/or rub with a clean rag.
- Use non-toxic, natural enzyme cleaners, like Simple Solution, that chemically break down stains and odors.
- Make a paste of lemon juice and salt. Apply the mixture to the stain, and let it stand for 30–60 minutes. Wipe off salt with a clean towel.
Unless it’s a wine stain the above will help with all most if not all stains especially the protein-based ones like blood or urine.
Air your mattress outside
Perhaps the best thing for your mattress is fresh air and UV sunlight. Not everyone will be able to haul their mattress down the stairs and into the backyard but if you can, it’s a great way to naturally eliminate bacteria.
Deodorize the mattress with baking soda
Odors are bound to emanate from your bed over time because of the urine and sweat that may be left behind especially if you have pets or kids around. Sprinkle a light layer of baking soda over the entire surface and let it sit for a long time at least a couple of hours.
You could use a scrub brush to gently rub the powder into the mattress. It will absorb any excess liquid from the stain removal process, and leave your mattress smelling fresh and clean. Vacuum off the baking soda, making sure to get into any crevices to remove the powder.
How to remove stains on mattresses
Stains on a mattress or mattress topper can be quite stubborn and the fact that the mattress is not cleaned that often that makes worse. This doesn’t mean that you can’t remove them even those dry ones.
Fortunately, there are a few solutions that you can take advantage of, ones that will help get rid of the stains on your bed. Here are a few steps that you should try out:
Use distilled white vinegar to clean mattress
Follow the vinegar soak with sprinkles of baking soda.
As was mentioned before, baking soda is a neutralizing agent, which means that, aside from removing the smell from your mattress, it can also react to the vinegar, thus causing the two to cake on the surface of your bed.
Not only will this give the baking soda time to do its trick, but it can also make it easier for you to clean mattress stains.
Clean mattress using baking soda
Odors are bound to emanate from your bed over time because of the sweat and urine that may be left behind especially when you have kids and pets around.
You may not notice it at first, but sooner or later, the smell will waft up, leaving you wondering why you didn’t notice it in the first place.
If this is the case, after you have vacuumed your mattress, sprinkle some baking soda on it, paying special attention to where the smell is concentrated.
Use a scrub brush to gently rub the powder into the mattress and leave it for 10 minutes or so. Vacuum the excess powder.
Use hydrogen peroxide
Another way to help remove stains on mattresses is hydrogen peroxide, which has bleaching properties that can reduce the appearance of stains on your bed.
Before you use this product, mix it with water, then test it on just a small patch of your mattress.
This way, you’ll be able to see its effects on your mattress before you apply it to the entire surface and risk ruining it.
If it looks better, spray some on the affected area and allow to soak for a few minutes before blotting the excess.
This is an effective way to clean mattress stains that are stubborn.
Tips for keeping your mattress clean longer
- Change and wash the bed sheets at least once a week to prevent dead skin and its ramifications, such as dust mites from building up on the bed. This as we have seen may cause bad odor which is honestly annoying when you are trying to get a good night rest.
- Invest in a mattress cover which you should wash well often. This will protect moisture from getting into the mattress, which will help prevent the growth of mold and mildew. You can even find the ones that are liquid proof if you have small kids or pets that may pee on the bed. Mattress cover are even easier to clean than the mattress.
- Vacuum the mattress to suck up dust mites once a month, using the crevice tool to get into tight spots. To get rid of odors, sprinkle baking soda on the mattress first and let it sit for 10 minutes. Make sure to know what kind of mattress yours is so as to know what to avoid using or what better cleans it.
- Flip your mattress every three months. If it’s a pillowtop mattress, rotate it from top to bottom every six months.
- Make sure to air your mattress regularly. Trust me the sun will do wonders to your mattress. It will eliminate that odor and will give your mattress a fresh feel.
Note: Placing an air purifier in your room will also go a long way to eliminating all smell.