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How to Clean a Mattress

For most of us, a mattress is probably one of the last furniture pieces we think about cleaning on a regular basis. While it might be unpleasant to think about the sweat, skin, oils, dirt, dust mites and possibly even food & drink that find their way onto our mattresses, at Maid Brigade we want to help you out with some tips. Now, you may be asking, "How do you clean a mattress?" The best way to clean a mattress is through regular, frequent efforts. It is not complex, but it takes a little time.


Preparing the Mattress

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.

Recommended Methods for Basic Mattress Cleaning

● Wash your linens in water reaching at least 130°F.
● Vacuum the mattress using your upholstery brush.
● If your vacuum doesn't have an upholstery brush attachment, don't worry – clean the top and sides of the mattress with the tip of the vacuum cleaner hose to remove the collected particles.
● The more frequently this is performed, the better your results.

Treating Stains and Spills

● For stains and recently spills, try the “dry suds” method.
● 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 soap and water together until foam begins to thicken in the bowl.

○ Scrape the top layer of foam 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.

We discourage the use of most upholstery cleaners as they contain harsh chemicals that can prove harmful to you and your family.

Deodorize Your Mattress

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!

Preventing Allergies

Taking preventative steps will reduce potential allergy triggers and help protect your mattress from collecting the dust, skin, and other particles, which attract dust mites. For additional information on reducing asthma and allergy triggers in your home, read the tips below and view our infographic.

● 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 mattress pad, it protects the mattress from particles and the dust mites that feed on them.
● Hypoallergenic pillows are 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.


Cleaning your mattress is just one facet of keeping your bedroom looking and feeling great. Check out our bedroom cleaning tips so you can keep your space feeling fresh between cleanings.

Managing a busy life today is tough, and adding a weekly housecleaning regimen to an already full schedule can make keeping your home tidy feel like a real burden. You are not alone! Let Maid Brigade help lighten that burden, and give us a call at 888.578.9171.

Call your local Maid Brigade today to find out how we can create a personalized housekeeping plan for you so you can rest assured your home will look and feel its best.



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