Cleaning your mattress is an important but often overlooked task for keeping your sleeping area fresh and healthy. Regularly cleaning your mattress can remove allergens, dust, bacteria, and stop serious mattress problems including mold and odors. To keep your mattress safe, healthy, and clean, you’ll need to manage routine cleaning as well as address larger problems like spots, stains, odors, and even bed bugs and dust mites. Washing your sheets and pillows is a start, but that’s not all you need to do. Routine cleaning makes your bed a more comfortable place to sleep, and taking care of stains, odors, and infestations right away can protect your mattress from more serious problems. Keeping your mattress clean is important, but not difficult. Often, all you’ll need to do is wash your bedding regularly, vacuum every few months, and add a mattress protector. But even more intensive cleaning like spot removal or even removing odors is usually about as simple as spraying your mattress down and giving it a good scrub.
Break out the vacuum
Cleaning your mattress with your vacuum’s upholstery attachment can be the best tool for a quick once-over clean. After you have taken off all sheets, mattress covers and toppers, simply begin vacuuming at the top of the mattress and work your way down in overlapping strokes. Don’t let your dust settle! Vacuuming can help remove dust and dead skin cells on the surface of your bed and is a quick maintenance trick in between deep cleaning.
Deodorize with baking soda
When stains (urine, sweat, etc.), oil, dust and dirt begin to accumulate on your mattress, it can quickly develop an unpleasant smell, especially in a humid environment. The best way to quickly kill the stink is by using baking soda. After removing all coverings, sprinkle the baking soda directly on top of the mattress. Once you have created a generous coating over the entire top surface, lightly rub the baking soda into the fabric and allow it to sit for at least 10 minutes. After the short wait, simply vacuum up the baking soda.
Lift the stains away
If not cleaned immediately, fluids can seep into the fabric of your mattress, making it difficult to remove later. Urine and blood stains, in particular, can be challenging to remove. However, using products you already have stashed in your medicine cabinet can help get rid of those pesky stains once and for all. First, you will need to create a paste using ¼ cup of hydrogen peroxide mixed with 1 tablespoon of liquid dish soap (preferably un-colored) and 1 tablespoon of salt. By lightly spreading this mixture over the stain and allowing it to dry, you can lift away difficult, set-in stains. Once the mixture has dried, simply scrape away the paste and dab any remaining discoloration with a rag dipped in hydrogen peroxide. With this technique, you can remove pee as easy as 1, 2, 3!