You clean your clothes, your car and nearly everything else around you, but you probably aren’t cleaning your mattress. It’s large size and awkward shape makes conventional cleaning seem difficult, but the truth is that getting your mattress squeaky clean isn’t as hard as you think. In just a few simple steps, your bed can be clean and free of all the skin, sweat and dust mites it has accumulated.
Mattress Cleaning How To
Take off all the sheets and mattress cover to expose the mattress itself. Then, just get your vacuum and suck up all the crumbs and skin cells on the surface. Do this step even if you don’t see anything, as there is likely an accumulate of crumbs that are littering the surface of your mattress. Use the hose attachment on your vacuum to make it easier and more efficient.
This step is optional and best for dealing with visible stains. Even if you don’t have any stains, giving the mattress a good wipe is a smart idea. You can use a standard cleaning solution like Febreze, or you can make your own. A paste of lemon juice and salt can break through most stains in 30-60 minutes, or you can concoct your own solution with equal parts of soap, hydrogen peroxide and a small sprinkle of baking soda (make sure you mix in an open container, otherwise you might have a mess on your hands).
People sweat, and some of the moisture is going to soak into the mattress and make it smell. Deodorizing your mattress can be done with baking soda. Sprinkle a light layer on the entire surface and let it sit for a few hours (at least three, more if there is a strong odor). When everything smells nice and clean, just vacuum up the baking soda and you’re good to go.
There are commercial-grade deodorizers you can buy, and they are stronger and usually have a nice smell, but baking soda does just as well and costs much less.
Let it Breathe
Allowing the mattresses to air out without any covers on it will help remove odors and bacteria. Ideally, you should bring the mattress into the sun so that the UV rays can kill any bacteria and remove smells, but that may be too much for you. Even if you can’t bring the mattress outside or by a window, just letting it air out is a good idea.
Buy a Mattress Cover
Mattress covers are wonderful for keeping your mattress clean. They provide a thick barrier against smells and particles, and they are much easier to clean. Just remove the cover and put it in the washer. While you should still clean the mattress itself, the cover will make the job much easier.
Cleaning your mattress is very easy. You probably have all the ingredients you need to clean and deodorize the mattress, so you shouldn’t need to buy anything additional, and the whole thing just takes a few hours if you need to remove smells. Otherwise, this can be done in a few minutes. You’ll get a better sleep and you’ll improve the longevity of your mattress by making this a part of your normal routine.