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How to Clean a Mattress

How to Clean Your Mattress Like a Pro for a Better Sleep Quality!

Knowing how to clean a mattress can be a life safer!  This is important because keeping your mattress clean does not only help improve your sleep quality, but it can also improve your general health and wellness.

A Mattress - How to clean your mattress

Mattresses get used more every day than anything else in the house. They’re used every day for hours at a time no matter what the weather is like or how clean you are. Every night your body is dropping dead skin cells that make their way into your mattress.

Think of what your mattress goes through in the summertime when you wake up with sweat-soaked sheets. That sweat gets into the mattress along with a long list of other things.

The truth is, mattresses get dirty and accumulates dust mites, which can cause sneezing, runny nose, chest congestion, itchy/red eyes, coughing and other allergic reactions or health problems.

Experts suggest that dust mites can even cause asthma symptoms. The good news is, you can avoid all these bad experiences by cleaning your mattress.

So, below is a step-by-step guide on how to clean a mattress.


Undress the Bed

First thing’s first, get the sheets and everything off the bed and start washing the fabrics. Hang your pillows outside where air can flow through them and they can get some sunlight. You can also use Febreze on them if you want. If your pillows need a deeper cleaning, then follow the instructions on your pillow’s tag on how to wash them properly.

Vacuum the Mattress

If your vacuum has an upholstery attachment this is the perfect time to use it. If not, use whatever attachment works best. Run up and down the top and sides of the mattress. Make sure you overlap every time you go up and down so you don’t miss anything.

How to Clean a Mattress with Baking Soda to Remove smell

Sprinkle baking soda (use a sieve to make it easier) generously over your mattress and use a brush to gently scrub the baking soda into the fabric of the mattress.

This will help get rid of smells that you may not have even realized were there. Let the baking soda sit for 10 minutes.

Vacuum Again

After the 10 minutes have elapsed and the baking soda has had time to bond with the sweat and oils from your skin in the mattress it is time to remove the baking soda. Do this by repeating the vacuuming process.

How to Clean a Mattress Stain

Once all of the baking soda has been removed it’s time to do a stain check. While the best time to remove stains is right after they happen it is possible to remove stains after the fact as well.

Use a gentle mixture of hydrogen peroxide and water on any stains you find. Gently dab it on with a white towel or rag, never pour the mixture directly on the mattress.

Work the hydrogen peroxide into the fabric for a couple of minutes before you wipe the area off with a dry rag. Allow the area to dry naturally and repeat the process if necessary.

Flip the mattress and Repeat

Now that you’ve finished cleaning one side of the mattress it is time to flip it over and repeat the whole process with the other side. Before you start make sure that the first side of the mattress is fully dry.

Bonus Step – How to Deep Clean a mattress

If you want your mattress to have just a little bit of extra cleaning done to it wait for a warm sunny day and lay your mattress outside in the sun.

The direct sunlight will naturally disinfect the mattress and fresh air will be able to get inside. It should sit out in the sun for at least 2 hours on each side for a better deep cleaning and the best results.

If you are looking for a simple and more effective way to deep clean your mattress, then you may want to read this article on how to steam clean a mattress.

Putting the Bed Back Together

Once you’re done cleaning your mattress consider which side you’ll have facing up before you put everything back together.

If you have a mattress with a pillow top you really only have the one option, but you can rotate the mattress so the end that was previously supporting your head and upper body is now at the foot of the bed.

If your mattress doesn’t have a pillow top put the side you have been laying on face down and make sure the end that was supporting your head and upper body is now at your feet.

This step will give your mattress a little bit more longevity and make it comfortable for longer.

Now that you know how to clean a mattress, the ball is in your court. Give it a try and let us know how it goes.


How to clean a mattress

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