The mattress on your bed is what gives you comfort, support, and provides for a good night’s sleep. But your mattress can also be a harbor for all kinds of things that aren’t so pleasant like dust mites, dirt, and even bacteria. Not only is a clean mattress important for good health and hygiene, but it’s also a smart way to protect your investment. Read on for a list of seven helpful mattress cleaning tips you can try to extend the life of your mattress.
1. Vacuum Regularly
One of the quickest and easiest ways to perform mattress cleaning is to vacuum your mattress on a regular basis. Make sure you use the upholstery attachment on your vacuum so you don’t damage the mattress cover or pillowtop.
Start the process of vacuuming from the top of your mattress and work your way down. Pay special attention to any trim, cracks, and crevices. Repeat this process on all sides including the reverse side.
To keep odors at bay, sprinkle some baking soda on the mattress. If you notice areas where odor is especially bad like a spot where your dog sleeps, use a scrub brush to gently rub the baking soda in. Let the baking soda sit for around 10 minutes.
After the baking soda has had time to work its magic, you can vacuum it all up. A combination of regular vacuuming and a sprinkle of baking soda will leave your mattress looking clean and smelling fresh.
2. Treat Stains Immediately
To practice good mattress cleaning, you’ll need to make sure that any stains are removed as soon as possible. If you accidentally spill a drink on your mattress, blot it immediately using a clean, dry towel or a microfiber cloth.
Never let spills sit or they can seep into the core of your mattress and encourage odor and mold. You can also spray any stains with a 50/50 mixture of water and dish soap. Let the mixture sit then scrub it thoroughly until the stain comes out.
To remove stains like urine or blood, try laundry detergent mixed with water. Another good solution is hydrogen peroxide, which can help to remove any discoloration. Never use hot water or else it could set the stain into the material and make it permanent.
Remember when treating stains, never let any liquids sit for a long period of time. Allow your mattress to dry thoroughly before you put the sheets and pillows back on.
3. Practice Smart Mattress Habits
One of the best ways to keep your mattress clean is to practice good habits that will prevent problems in the first place. Add a mattress protector that can keep your bed safe from things like dirt, dust mites, and spills. Buy machine-washable mattress covers for easy cleaning.
Before you go to bed, hop in the bath or shower. A combination of dead skin and sweat can accumulate and make your mattress dirty and unhealthy, even if you can’t see it with the naked eye.
Make sure you always wash your sheets, pillowcases, and mattress topper (if possible) at least every two weeks. You can also keep the mattress cleaner by keeping your room cool at night. When the temperature is cooler, you’re less likely to sweat which reduces the volume of bodily fluids that can come into contact with your mattress.
And finally, never eat or drink in bed if you can avoid it. Spills and crumbs can create a nasty environment and encourage pests to visit you at night.
4. Try a DIY Deep Mattress Cleaning
If you’re wondering how you can deep-clean your mattress, this simple process can be done at home every few months to keep it free from dust, dirt, and other nasty issues. All you will need is some baking soda and essential oil in the scent of your choosing.
First, you’ll need to flip your mattress just because this is a good practice to have anyway, and it should be done every few months to keep the mattress in good condition. Next, add 10 to 20 drops of your essential oil directly into a standard-sized box of baking soda.
Shake the box until the oil is distributed throughout. When you shake it, it should also help to break down lumps and clumps. Some good oils to choose include chamomile or lavender thanks to their calming fragrance which will encourage better sleep, too.
After you’ve made your mixture, sprinkle it liberally all over the mattress. Use a soft-bristled brush and scrub the mixture gently into the mattress. Allow around 10 minutes or so for the solution to sit while the essential oils gently penetrate the surface.
Once time has passed, vacuum the excess mixture up. This method will make your mattress feel fresh and smell amazing for several months to come.
5. Don’t Forget the Bed Frame
When it comes to mattress cleaning, your bed frame likely gets overlooked. You should wipe down the frame, headboard, and footboard on a regular basis, too.
The frame and headboard can accumulate dust and grime, which can get into the air as you sleep. Allergens can also sit on the bed frame and make sleeping more difficult.
Use dust removing cleaner or just wipe everything down with a soft cloth and some water. Make cleaning the bed itself a habit and include it with your mattress cleaning routine.
A simple wipe down of the frame, headboard, and footboard will ensure that the entire bed is free of dirt, dust, and other particles. While you’re at it, this is a great time to go ahead and dust other bedroom furniture like your dresser and nightstands.
6. Air it Out
To make sure that your mattress is clean and dry, you should air it out after cleaning whenever possible. This method will ensure that any liquid left from cleaning is fully dry before you add clean sheets back to the bed.
When any moisture becomes trapped inside your mattress, it can lead to a variety of issues like mold and mildew. If that happens, you’re likely better off starting over and buying a new one.
Whenever it’s warm outside, open your bedroom window and let some fresh air in. This will dry your mattress out faster and you may not even need to move it outside to give it air.
Another way to dry your mattress faster is to open the curtains and let the sunlight into your bedroom. The UV rays from the sun can kill any excess bacteria and mold. It may also eliminate odors while it dries your mattress out faster.
A good airing of your mattress is recommended at least every six months. Ideally, you should do this every time you clean it so that it’s perfectly dry and sanitary.
7. Tips for Memory Foam
Memory foam mattresses have become popular in recent years, and overall, the process to clean them is similar to a traditional mattress. Clean your memory foam mattress just like you would a regular one with regular vacuuming, spot cleanings, and deodorizing it with baking soda.
The key to preserving your memory foam mattress is to avoid using any harsh or chemical-filled cleaners. The chemicals could eat away at the foam and cause damage to your mattress. Never use bleach or ammonia on memory foam.
If you have a spill or stain, try the half dish soap and half water method. You can also try a spray bottle filled with a mixture of water and white vinegar.
Memory foam takes longer to dry out than a standard mattress, so make sure yours is totally dry before bedtime. Make the drying process faster by exposing the mattress to direct sunlight and opening a window. You can also dry it more quickly using a hairdryer on the warm setting.
A combination of a mattress cover and common sense bedroom habits should keep your memory foam mattress in great shape for years to come.
With these simple DIY mattress cleaning tips, you can enjoy a much healthier sleeping environment. Regular care of your mattress will ensure that you steer clear of things like dirt, mold, and bacteria.
Vacuum your mattress regularly and always treat stains as soon as spills occur. A few simple steps like flipping the mattress and keeping it fresh with baking soda are easy ways to extend the lifespan of your investment.
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