How To Clean a Mattress


The first step in buying a mattress is choosing the right mattress for your body and lifestyle, but how do you keep it clean and maintain it once you have it? Many people are unaware that there is a procedure to follow in order to provide the mattress with the basic care it needs, as well as to clean it if a spill penetrates the mattress. This introductory guide on how to clean a mattress would be a valuable educational tool to use if you have had a spill on your mattress or if you want to learn how to preserve the hygiene and cleanliness of your mattress in the future. The basic steps for cleaning a mattress are outlined below.

Many people are unaware that they must disinfect their mattress on a regular basis in order to keep it clean during its lifetime. Since the average person spends about one-third of their life on their mattress, it is important to keep it clean and sanitary. When you sleep, your face and body will be in direct contact with your mattress, which ensures that any dirt or allergens stuck in the mattress will be inhaled by you. You will extend the life of your mattress and reduce the presence of allergens in your bedroom by cleaning it on a regular basis. If a spill penetrates the mattress, it is important to clean the spill as soon as possible to avoid staining on the mattress’s surface or the growth of mold, depending on the material spilled. While the steps to clean your mattress can vary depending on the type of mattress you have, there are a few general guidelines to bear in mind when cleaning your mattress. The possible points of distinction based on mattress form have been listed in each of the steps below to help you take the right steps for your mattress.

  1. Make a clean bed:

You must first remove all decorative objects from the surface of your bed before you can begin cleaning it. Blankets, pillows, decorative pillows, and other artifacts are traditional decorative pieces on beds. Remove all blankets, decorative pillows, and other items from the surface of the bed and position them in a separate space or area of the bedroom where they will not interfere with the cleaning process. Place the pillowcases in the washing basket to be washed later.

2. Dispose of the Linens:

After you’ve removed all of the decorative objects from the bed’s surface, it’s time to remove the bed’s linens. Fitted sheets, top sheets, blankets, and any sort of mattress protector you have on your mattress are all included. If you’re using a duvet cover, take it off the comforter and throw it in with the rest of the linens. Combine these linens with the pillow cases you took out of your bedding earlier.

3. Cleaning the Bedding:

Once you’ve removed your mattress’s linens and bedding, it’s important to wash the linens to keep your mattress clean and new. This move can be completed when you are cleaning the mattress, so that when you are finished cleaning it, it will be ready for fresh sheets and bedding. It is important to read the care label before washing your bedding to ensure that it does not shrink or become negatively affected in any way.

It should also be air dried because the heat from a dryer will cause organic cotton to shrink.  If your mattress is infested with bacteria or dust mites, it’s best to wash it in the hottest water and dryer settings possible to remove them. Analyze your situation, the state of your mattress, and the care labels on your bedding, and then decide which way forward will be the most helpful. Before washing your bedding, read all care labels to ensure that your linens do not shrink or get damaged.

4. Vacuum Your Mattress:

You’re able to start washing your mattress now that everything has been removed from it and your bedding has been washed. The first step in cleaning your mattress is and vacuum the surface to remove all dust, dirt, dead skin, hair, and other debris. Before you start vacuuming on your mattress’ surface, make sure the attachment and vacuum are clean so they don’t scratch or dirty the surface. To get into the numerous nooks, crannies, and seams on the surface of your mattress, you’ll probably need to use a variety of attachments. A wide brush attachment, for example, would be best for vacuuming the top of the mattress, while a long nozzle attachment would be ideal for cleaning the corners, sides, and piping. Use your best judgement and inspect places to ensure the vacuum isn’t damaging the mattress’s surface.

5. Quickly deal with spills:

If you’ve spilled something on your bedding and it’s seeped into the mattress, you can clean it up right away to avoid staining or mold formation (depending on the substance spilled). If you spilled something on your mattress, the first thing you can do is soak up the excess liquid with towels. Avoid rubbing the liquid around; instead, gently press down and allow the excess liquid to soak into the towel. Get a clean towel or cloth and dampen it with a small amount of water until you’ve soaked up any residual liquid to the best of your capacity. Start cleaning the affected area with the damp cloth in a dabbing motion. Stop rubbing the liquid into the mattress since this would drive it deeper into the mattress. If the damp towel or cloth you’re using becomes too soaked with the spilled material, get a new one and dampen it to avoid spreading the spill and pushing it deeper into the mattress.

After cleaning the affected area with a damp towel or cloth, get a dry towel or cloth and gently press down on the affected area to dry it. Allow for air drying until your mattress is fully dry to the touch.  Since mattresses are not meant to be wet, be careful how much liquid you use when cleaning a spill on your mattress. If you have a biological stain on your mattress and can’t get it off, an enzyme cleaner might be helpful. The proteins on biological substances such as blood, sweat, urine, sweat, vomit, and other biological stains can be broken down by an enzyme cleaner. Grease and oil stains can also benefit from enzyme cleaner. Instead of spraying the enzyme cleaner directly onto the mattress surface, spray it onto a clean cloth and gently blot the stain with the cloth until it is saturated. Enable the enzyme cleaner to remain on the stain for fifteen minutes until saturated. Then, using the same rag, blot the stain to eliminate the staining material. Then, dampen a clean cloth with water before blotting the affected area. Before cleaning any stains, make sure to check the care instructions for your mattress.

6. Freshen Up the Mattress:

Since certain stains leave a residual odor that can be irritating, you must deodorize your mattress to fully remove any lingering odor. Go get a bottle of baking soda after you’ve completed the above measures to clean up the spill. When you have a bottle of baking soda, liberally apply it to the area where the spill happened. Baking soda can aid in the absorption of any extra liquid from the mattress as well as the elimination of odors. Sprinkle a dusting of baking soda over the entire surface of your mattress to deodorize it. When adding the baking soda to the mattress, use a sifter to ensure that it is uniformly distributed over the floor.

If you want to give your mattress an extra boost of freshness, mix the baking soda with a few drops of your favorite essential oil before sprinkling it on the mattress’s surface. Enable at least thirty minutes for the baking soda to reach the mattress and absorb any residual odors or liquids. You can keep the baking soda on for several hours if you have the time, which will allow it more time to absorb odors and liquids, break down acids, and clean the mattress. Remove the baking soda from the mattress’s surface until at least thirty minutes has passed. The best way to get rid of the baking soda is to vacuum the mattress’s surface. You’ll be vacuuming away the odors, acids, and liquids that the baking soda absorbed when lying on the mattress. Be sure to use all of the attachments to get the baking soda out of all of the mattress’s crevices and crannies.

7. Allow for air drying of the mattress:

After you’ve done cleaning and deodorizing your mattress, let it air dry to allow the sun’s UV rays to destroy any remaining bacteria and dry any remaining liquid, which will help to prevent mold growth.

8. Rotate or flip the mattress:

Once your mattress has been thoroughly cleaned, it is a safe idea to flip or rotate it as part of its routine maintenance.

9. Place a Mattress Cover on the Bed:

A mattress cover is an excellent way to secure and preserve your mattress. A good mattress cover will keep spills, stains, dust, dirt, and even bed bugs off your mattress. A mattress cover will hold your mattress in pristine condition by encasing it.

10. Make Your Own Bed:

Your mattress is now able to be turned into a bed again. Make your bed as usual after retrieving your bedding and linens from the laundry. Before putting the fitted sheet back on the bed, feel the mattress to make sure there is no moisture left. Then relax in your fresh, clean bed!

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