How to Clean Your Mattress Easily!

We spend one-third of our adult lives sleeping in bed. Giving your mattress a deep and thorough clean is then a must for your overall health. Here are our tips on how to clean your mattress, a process that should ideally be done at least twice a year.


1. Strip the Mattress of Its Linens

Be sure to remove all the sheets, duvets, and comforters as well as pillows from the mattress. By leaving it bare, your mattress can be easily and thoroughly cleaned from top to bottom.

The linens, beddings and pillowcases should also be washed well before these can be replaced on the mattress for an overall clean bed.

You should use the hottest water and dryer settings on the washing machine when washing these mattress toppings. The dust mites, bacteria and other pathogens that have been lurking in these things can be killed in this manner.

You may also want to open the bedroom windows in order to improve air circulation. You may also clean the mattress in the backyard, if you can haul it to an outdoor area, so that it can also be exposed to the sun.

2. Vacuum the Mattress

The best tool to remove as much dirt, debris and particles from the mattress is a portable vacuum cleaner with several attachments. You can switch from one attachment to the next depending on the area to be cleaned.

  • The wide brush attachment should be used to remove the dead skin, mites, hair, dust, and debris from the surface. Be as thorough as possible so that most of the icky buildup can be removed. You can even make several passes over every inch of its surface just to be sure.
  • The long upholstery nozzle should be used for getting into the cracks, crevices and seams of the mattress. You have to make a few passes along these areas, too, so that a thorough clean can be achieved.
  • The crevice attachment can be used for the tight areas, such as the piping and edges. You will find that these areas are too dirty for your liking, too.

Before using a handheld vacuum, you have to check that the nozzle and attachments are as clean as possible.

3. Remove the Stains

Your mattress will likely have stains from blood, urine and sweat, perhaps even from vomit. You must also remove these stains since these are also breeding grounds for bacteria, dust mites and fungi.

You will also appreciate it that the lingering smells can be finally be removed. A few tips in removing the stains from your mattress.

  • Fresh spills should be addressed immediately. Dip a white clean cloth in cold water and wring out the excess. Blot the spills with the damp cloth by pressing firmly on the mattress’ surface. Never rub or scrub fresh spills since it will only push them farther into the mattress.
  • Rinse the now-dirty damp cloth in cold water. Reapply on the stains until all the excess liquid has been absorbed.
  • Spot-clean the stains since the blotting process isn’t sufficient to remove them. Make a homemade cleaning solution by mixing 2 tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide and 1 tablespoon of liquid detergent in a small bowl. Gently stir it with a spoon until mild suds are created.
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    Dip an old but clean toothbrush into the mixture. Gently scrub the stains with it so that these can be removed. Wipe the affected surface with a clean cloth soaked in cold water to remove the excess cleaning solution.
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    Rinse the damp cloth in cold water and reapply, if necessary. The cleaner should be removed from the surface as much as possible before moving on to the next step.
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    Use an enzyme cleaner for biological stains, especially cat and dog urine. Spray the enzyme cleaner into a clean white cloth until it’s saturated. Blot the stain with it and let it sit for 15 minutes or so. Blot the area again with another clean cloth sprayed with the enzyme cleaner.
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    Blot the stain with a damp clean cloth that has been soaked in cold water. Never use warm and hot water in making a clean cloth damp for stain removal as it will only worsen the issue.

Never spray enzyme cleaners and other liquid cleaners directly into a latex, memory foam, and innerspring mattresses. Keep in mind that these aren’t designed to be wet because of the risk of mold development. Use a minimum amount of liquid cleaners in stain removal.

We suggest an enzyme cleaner for biological stains because these can quickly break down the proteins in the stain-causing substances. You can also use it for the removal of non-biological stains, such as oil and grease stains.

4. Deodorize the Mattress

Even with the stains removed, certain smells can still linger. The mattress should then be deodorized by following these steps:

  • Sprinkle a 1-pound box of baking soda on the top surface of the mattress. You can also add a few drops of essential oils, such as lavender, into the baking soda. You may use a flour sifter to evenly distribute the baking soda-essential mixture. 
  • Leave it for 24 hours for best results. You may also place the mattress near a window where the sun can shine on the mattress’ surface. You can also leave it on for an hour or so, if you’re in a hurry to use your bed.

Let the baking soda sit on the mattress for as long as possible. This will give it time to absorb any lingering odors.

5. Vacuum the Mattress Again

Be sure to vacuum the baking soda after the time is up. You should also be thorough in the final vacuuming, too, so that there will be no traces of the white powder left.

When you are satisfied about the mattress’ cleanliness, you can then replace the sheets, duvets and comforters. We suggest using a mattress protector before replacing the top beddings, too, since it will reduce the risk of stains.

Final Words

Your mattress and its base are among your most important investments in your health. Your physical and mental health will partly be influenced by the support and comfort it offers.

You must then ensure that you keep it in good condition, which means regular cleaning.

Share these tips on how to clean your mattress on your social media accounts. In this way, you are becoming part of community who enjoys sleeping on clean and comfortable mattresses!

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