Cleaning a mattress isn’t always top-of-mind for most of us even though we spend a large portion of our time at home in the bedroom sleeping. (Unless, of course, you have a newborn!) It seems that mattresses are one of the last furniture pieces we think about cleaning on a regular basis. Possibly, it’s because our time resting is spent on sheets and in pajamas, but these layers aren’t enough to keep our bedding clean and maintenance free. It might be unpleasant to think about, but there is sweat, skin, oils, dirt, dust mites, and possibly even food & drink all mixed together and collecting over the days, weeks, months, or years. Kind of sends a shiver down your spine, doesn’t it. Yuck!
The best way to clean a mattress is through regular, frequent efforts. It isn’t complex but may take a little time.
Remove all of the bedding and linens from the mattress. This includes everything that spends time on your bed: sheets, mattress pad, pillows (regular and decorative), stuffed animals, covers (duvet or mattress), comforter, and blankets. Also, remember to move any pet beds or clutter in the area.
Wash the linens in water reaching 130 degrees Fahrenheit. Vacuum the mattress using (finally!) your upholstery brush. If yours doesn’t have the attachment or it was lost years ago, no need to worry. The point is to thoroughly address the top and sides of the mattress with the vacuum cleaner and remove the collected particles. The more frequently this is performed, the better your results.
For instances where there are stains on your mattress or something was recently spilled, there is a gentle method of cleaning knows as “dry suds”. This is accomplished by taking detergent (we like liquid dishwashing) and mixing it with a small amount of water in a mixing bowl. Mix the two together until foam begins to thicken in the bowl. Scrape the top layer and place it on the mattress stain, lightly scrubbing. Add more suds as necessary until the stain has been removed. Be sure to let the spot dry completely before returning bed linens.
Note: We discourage the use of most upholstery cleaners as they contain harsh chemicals that can prove harmful to you and your family.
Does your mattress need deodorizing? There’s an effective household product that can do this for you without leaving harmful toxins behind. Try Baking Soda! Spread it across the exposed bedding and let sit for a couple of hours. Once completed, thoroughly vacuum the powder and enjoy!
There are ways to help protect your mattress from collecting the dust, skin, and other particles which attract dust mites. Also, taking preventative steps will reduce potential allergy triggers. Be sure that your bed has a mattress pad. This will help absorb any oils, fluids, or skin particles and keep them from reaching your mattress. Also, consider an allergen proof bed covering. Like the aforementioned pad, it protects the mattress from particles and, also, the dust mites that feed on them. Hypoallergenic pillows might be an investment to consider, as well. Move pet beds, stuffed animals, and any clutter near the bed to other places and organize them. Note that dust mites aren’t particular to humans, so washing your pet beds on a regular basis is recommended.