Mattresses harbour all kinds of germs and bacteria, whether it is due to sweat, spills, stains, dust, dust mites and other bodily fluids. Maintaining a clean mattress is of paramount importance, and should be done every couple of months.
In this blog post, we are going to take you through a simple step-by-step process that will get your mattress as clean as new.
Pre-Cleaning Your Mattress
Before you start cleaning your mattress, start by washing and drying your sheets and your bedspread/comforter/duvet.
Use the hottest water and dryer heat setting as indicated on the manufacturer’s labels to kill dust mites .
Cleaning Your Mattress
Step 1: Vacuum Your Mattress
You should vacuum your mattress at least every season.
Make sure to clean your vacuum brush attachment before vacuuming your mattress so as not to deposit previously gathered dust onto the mattress.
Pay attention to any seams and crevices where bacteria collects.
Step 2: Remove Stains
The type of stain found on mattresses very often are protein stains that are released from bodily liquids.
Preferably some of these stains should be treated instantly, however most of the time this is not possible. Therefore most of these stains would have settled in and bonded with the fabric by the time you clean them.
Different methods are used to treat different stains but most of the time hydrogen peroxide is used, especially to treat specific stains such as urine and blood stains.
Generally, a combination of hydrogen peroxide, liquid dish soap, and baking soda would suffice. Mix all three into a spray bottle and treat the stained area by blotting with a clean cloth.
You could also choose from a selection of non-toxic, natural enzyme cleaners from the store.
Or, for a more natural option, you could make a paste of lemon juice and salt, apply it to the stain and let it sit in for 30–60 minutes. Then wipe off the salt with a clean towel.
Step 3: Deodorize Your Mattress
Sift baking soda all over your mattress. Baking soda is a natural deodorizer so it is perfect to help neutralize any odours.
Leave it for at least 30 minutes however, if you can try leaving it for a couple of hours. Also, if possible place the mattress next to a window to let the sunlight in on your mattress.
TIP: You can also add a few drops of essential oils such as lavender to the baking soda before sifting it onto your mattress to enjoy the sweet smell for a couple of nights.
Step 4: Vacuum Your Mattress Again
After leaving the baking soda to sit in your mattress, vacuum it again.
Also, consider buying a washable mattress cover as it is way easier to clean on a regular basis and can help prevent mites, fleas, and other pests from harbouring on your mattress.
Step 5: Flip the Mattress and Repeat Steps 1-4
This applies to innerspring or coil mattresses. These mattresses should ideally be flipped side-to-side and top-to-bottom on a quarterly basis.
Once you flip the mattress, repeat steps 1-4 and you’re done!
Now you can enjoy a good night’s sleep on your freshly cleaned mattress!
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