A clean and tidy mattress helps you sleep better at night and gives peace of mind knowing that there are no insects or bugs on it.
Launder your linens and remove everything on the bed before you start cleaning the mattress. Check the manufacturer’s labels and put your linens in the hottest setting in order to kill dust mites. While your washing machine is spinning and doing its thing, you can start cleaning the mattress.
Follow the steps below to deep clean your mattress and get rid of dust mites, stains, and other allergens so that you can rest and sleep peacefully:
1. Vacuum Cleaning:
A vacuum cleaner is the best tool for cleaning your mattress. Start cleaning from the top and clean it all the way down including the narrow paths.
Vacuum the sides in the same manner. Do not clean the other side of the mattress just yet.
2. Deodorize the Mattress:
We may not notice our personal body smells but sweat develops over a period of time in our body and can leave behind a bad odor. A good cleaning leaves your bed smelling fresh.
To leave a good odor behind, sprinkle your mattress with baking soda and rub it gently with a scrub brush. This is done so that the baking soda goes into the fabric, where the stink is coming from. Let the baking soda settle for 10 minutes before moving on to the next step.
3. Vacuum it Again
Dust and hair were removed from the first round of vacuuming in order to settle the baking soda on the mattress surface. Moisture and body oils from the top layers have bonded with baking soda on the mattress as it was rubbed on it.
Using the vacuum cleaner again will pull the moisture out and remove the source of the odor.
4. Remove Stains
Usually, mattresses acquire three particular types of stains: blood, urine and “other bodily fluids”.
Even if the stains have been on the mattress for long periods, they can be still be removed. Although, it’s recommended that stains are removed as soon as they are spotted.
Dried Blood Stains
Do the following to remove dried blood stains:
Ingredients: ¼ cup hydrogen peroxide (more might be required), 1 tbsp liquid dish soap,1 tbsp table salt
Combine all the ingredients to make it into a paste.
Spread the paste lightly on the stain and leave it to dry.
Remove the residue left from the paste.
Dab away the remaining stain and paste it with a white rag* dipped into hydrogen. Rotate the cloth as the stain gets removed.
*White rag for cleaning stops dye moving from the fabric to mattress.
If you have kids and pets at home, they can make a mess on the mattress. Removing urine stains is quite hard once they are dried but not impossible. Here are the steps to remove urine stains.
Step 1: Urine Stain Pre-Treatment
Ingredients: 3 tbsp. baking soda, 8 oz. hydrogen peroxide 3%, little liquid dish soap
Mix all the ingredients mentioned above and gently dab it on the stain using a white rag. (explanation is given above)
Don’t drench the mattress.
Step 2: Urine Stain Remover
Usually, the pre-treatment will remove the urine stain from the mattress. If the stain doesn’t go away, do the following:
Ingredients: 3 tbsp. dry laundry detergent powder and 1 tablespoon water
Mix and whisk the detergent and water to make it into a dry foam.
Spread it on the stain lightly and let it settle for 30 minutes.
Remove the dried paste with a spoon.
Use a white cloth dipped into hydrogen peroxide to remove any persistent bits of paste.
Vacuum the area well once it dries off.
Vomit and Other Persistent Mattress Stains
CAUTION: Keep the windows open before you start cleaning mattress stains with this method.
Ingredients: Plain and unscented household ammonia and baking soda
Damp the corner of a white rag lightly with ammonia.
Blot the stain using the damp corner. Don’t drench the mattress.
Use a different cloth and damp it with the fresh water to remove the stain. If you still see the stain, wait for 5 minutes and try again.
Once the stain has vanished, wipe the entire area with the clean cloth dampened in fresh water.
Sprinkle the damp area with baking soda to neutralize the ammonia and remove all the remaining moisture. Let it dry off and then thoroughly clean the spot using the vacuum cleaner.
5. Flip The Mattress & Repeat
Flip the mattress and repeat the entire cleaning process. Make sure sides, top and bottom all are cleaned thoroughly so that they are cleaned evenly.