It’s no surprise that our mattress collects dirt since we sleep on it every night. Dead skin, sweat, stains, and dust mites all fall under this category. As this dirt builds up in your bed linen and mattress, it can cause lingering odors, grunge, and poor air quality. As a result, you may develop allergies, insomnia, and even respiratory problems if the condition is severe enough. For that reason, you should clean your mattress regularly to achieve a better night’s sleep and protect your health.
Don’t let your bed become a haven for dust and bacteria. Find out how to keep your mattress looking and smelling clean with our expert guide.
1. Wash the Bedding
As a first step, you should wash the bed linen, pillowcases, and blankets. Ideally, you want to wash bedding in hot water, above 60°C, to eliminate any mites, but make sure to follow the care instructions to avoid fabric shrinkage and fading. It is recommended that you wash sheets weekly to help keep your mattress clean.
2. Sun Pillows
To kill dust mites, sun pillows for at least 3 hours. This will help your family manage dust mites control in the bedroom, especially for allergy sufferers from eczema and sinus.
3. Assess the Damage
Examine your mattress closely for stains, discoloration, odors, and other signs of areas that may need extra attention. If you spot black spots at the edge and corners of the mattress, open up the mattress folds to look for bed bugs. If you spot these pests, contact pest control for bed bug treatment.
4. Gather Supplies
To spot clean and deodorise a mattress, you’ll want to gather the following supplies:
- Baking soda
- Rags or towels for cleaning
- A gentle, bleach-free, and unscented laundry detergent
- Dish soap, or an enzyme cleaner
You should be cautious when it comes to soaps and cleaning products used on your mattress. The delicate fabric of a mattress shouldn’t have any harsh chemicals applied on it that could damage the material.
5. Spot-Clean Where Needed
Check for stains and areas of discoloration. Carefully spot-clean these areas using the following method:
- Apply a small amount of cleaning solution to a clean cloth
- Gently blot the stained area with the cloth
- Apply cold water to a different clean cloth
- Gently blot the stained area with the water-soaked cloth
- Repeat if necessary, until the stain is removed
The main goal here is to use as little cleaning solution as possible and not over-soak the mattress. Never apply the cleaning solution directly to the bed itself – instead, use a clean rag to blot and remove the stain.
6. Apply Baking Soda
After you have removed any visible stains and allowed the mattress to dry completely, apply a thin layer of baking soda over the entire surface of the mattress to absorb moisture and deodorise. Baking soda helps to absorb moisture and neutralize odor.
Once applied, simply leave the baking soda on the mattress for at least a few hours. If possible, open your bedroom windows to increase airflow.
7. Vacuum Thoroughly
Once you have let the baking soda sit on the surface of the mattress for at least a few hours, thoroughly vacuum the mattress and ensure fine baking powder is thoroughly removed. Mattress contains large amounts of dust, dead skin flakes, dust mites and excrements, and other dirt particles. Regular vacuuming helps to control the amount of accumulated “rubbish” in the mattress.
8. Flip and Repeat
Rotate and flip the mattress over. Rotating your mattress is important to prevent the mattress from uneven sagging after prolonged usage of the mattress. The underside of your mattress likely won’t have any visible stains, but it can still harbor a lot of dust, moisture, and more. If your mattress is not flippable, you can still wipe or vacuum the underside, but be cautious when doing so in order not to apply too much pressure that will cause damage!
How often should I deep clean my mattress?
Ideally, you should deep clean your mattress every 6 months. This is also a good opportunity to flip or rotate your mattress, too.
Why should I thoroughly clean my mattress?
A thorough cleaning of your mattress is important for your health and maintaining good bedroom hygiene. Every night you lose dead skin, hair, and around a pint of fluid while you sleep. So, deep cleaning your mattress helps keep your sleeping environment clean and hygienic.
Expert solutions on cleaning and caring for your mattress
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