While you may have splurged a good amount of cash in selecting the best memory foam mattress, you will have to clean it to ensure its longevity.
Sure we don’t want to add another mundane chore to the list of your household chores, but cleaning your mattress is really imperative.
For starters, you spend about a third of your life on a mattress, plus it’s the first and the last place throughout the day that you spend time relaxing and recharging.
Not to mention, if you left it uncleaned, it could be the domain of dust, dead cells (through sweat), molds, dust mites, and other debris.
It can cause bad smells, trigger allergy reactions, especially if you are allergic, and in the worst case, it can cause respiratory problems.
And that’s the last thing you would want, right?
Fortunately, cleaning them is not so hard after all. So who’s ready to do cleaning on to a whole new level?
This is going to be exhilarating — so get excited and keep scrolling.
How to Clean Your Mattress?
Cleaning your mattress every three to four months is crucial and also good for your mattress as well as health.
If your mattress is free from any smell, stains, or pest, then here is the standard way of deep cleaning your mattress.
- Unload everything from your bed, even the mattress protector or pad. If you don’t own a mattress protector, ensure that it’s your next purchase. It can quickly provide good protection from bacteria and mites.
- Get a vacuum cleaner with a sanitized upholstery vacuum attachment and vacuum the sides of the mattress. Go slow and move in circles to catch as much dust as possible.
- Next, take a baking soda and disperse it on the top of the mattress. Let it stay there for a few hours, if you can, provide some sunlight to the mattress and keep it intact for a day.Baking soda is excellent to clean your mattress, as it deodorizes and breaks up the grime and dirt whilst removing moisture. If it is the first time you are cleaning, you can use a one-pound box of baking soda.
- Get all the baking soda from your mattress by vacuuming again.
- Now, you will be left with some smell, so provide some ventilation by opening all the doors and windows.
- Wipe down the bed’s exterior/frame and vacuum fabric headboards.
- Wash the bedding in hot water and dry it with high-heat.
- Place the clean bedding on the bed, and voila! You are good to go.
How to Clean Stains from Your Mattress?
Overall, the whole process remains the same, but you add a few more steps to remove the pesky stains.
Before sprinkling baking soda over the mattress, you should spot clean.
- If your stain is still wet or fresh, bolt up the remaining moisture. Make sure that you are not rubbing but bolting.
- Depending on your stain, choose the appropriate cleaner or stain remover. You can choose cold water and any enzymatic cleaner for bodily fluids (pet accidents, periods, urine, etc.). In case you cannot opt for an enzymatic cleaner, you can also blend water and vinegar in equal parts.For food and beverage stains, steam cleaning is your best friend. Generally, white vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, baking soda, detergent, and dishwasher soap can be excellent alternatives to deal with any stains. However, make sure to use it on a small spot before spreading it across the mattress.
- Spray your cleaner on the mattress, don’t directly spray on the mattress. Instead, take a small cloth, apply the cleaner and dab it on the stain. Just bolt, don’t try to rub.
- Similarly, wet another cloth and soak it up on the stain while also cleaning the cleaner.
- Once done, let it dry.
- Now go with the baking soda and follow the process mentioned above.
TIP:- No matter the cleaner, the sooner and faster you deal with the stain, the better it is.
How to Deal with Obnoxious Odor?
If you have not cleaned the mattress before, the chances are that there is a lingering stench.
The best way to deal with this is by an enzymatic cleaner, as mentioned above. However, with vinegar, you can also proceed.
Get yourself ready with the necessary things mentioned as follows:-
- 1 drop of disinfectant
- 2 tbsp of baking soda
- 1 tbsp of water
- 1 tbsp of vinegar
- 1 teaspoon of detergent
Next, spread them over the stain along with a large heap of baking soda again. Let it soak up overnight.
You can even add cornstarch to the baking soda if the stench has resulted from sweat or body odor. Cornstarch can easily and effectively dry up the oils.
We would also recommend adding a few drops of your favorite essential oil to the solution or with the baking soda.
After that, vacuum up just like we did in the first step of cleaning the mattress and follow along.
Many companies offer services to clean your mattress. If you find your stain or stubborn smell is not getting off after trying gazillions of methods, it will be best to leave the job to the pros.
It’s okay; not all DIY stuff is straightforward and easy.
Make sure that you are frequently cleaning your mattress to forestall any possible formation of mildew, dust mites, and other pathogens.
A clean bed will not only provide an excellent relaxing sleep but also maintain your overall health since that’s the place where you will be lying every day.
However, you will have to adopt a few habits like showering before bed or not eating anything on your bed. Whatever you try, you will make the best out of your bed if you put in conscious efforts to clean it.
With that being said, if you have any questions or concerns — shoot a comment in the comment section below.