Spring is here, and with it the household ritual of spring cleaning. While you freshen your home this year, don’t forget about cleaning your mattress. No matter which mattress giant you purchased it from, mattresses require a little sprucing as much as the rest of your home.
Why Clean a Mattress?
Most people spend ⅓ of their lives sleeping. For some place that you spend that much time, wouldn’t you prefer it be clean and sanitary rather than covered with stains, smells and dust mites? Not to mention oils from your skin, odors and traces of chemicals from various toiletries you use.
Experts say that in the standard 8 year life of a mattress, the mattress doubles and sometimes triples in weight due to skin shed, dust mites and dirt. Have we grossed you out yet?
The How-To Guide For A Clean Mattress
FIRST: It Begins with Laundry. Since there is only a thin layer of sheets separating your body from the nastiness that can be hiding in your mattress, laundering those is only the first step. Begin by washing your mattress pad, followed by your sheets, and last your comforter or duvet. Use the hottest water possible according to the recommendations from the manufacturer as heat will help elimination of dust mites.
SECOND: Followed by Vacuuming. Just the same as you would vacuum a chair or couch, break out the attachment for furniture and put it to work in small, but overlapping strokes from top to bottom. Once that’s finished, do the sides of the mattress in the same way.
THIRD: Mattresses Need Deodorant Too. Over time, mattresses can take on a funky smell from a build-up of sweat and other body odors. Don’t go overboard and cover the mattress in the same deodorant you use on your body, but instead, cover the mattress in a layer of baking soda mixed with your favorite essential oil. Rub the mixture into the mattress with a bristled brush and allow to sit for 10 minutes before vacuuming again.
Once those steps have been completed, you have a clean mattress and are on your way to a better nights sleep!
Just Like in Laundry, Mattresses Require Stain Removal
When washing your clothes, you wouldn’t dream of leaving stains behind. The same should be said for your mattress. Most mattresses are stained with blood, urine or other bodily fluids that can be removed with a little bit of effort.
Blood Stains. To remove dried blood, mix together a ¼ cup of hydrogen peroxide, 1 tsp of liquid dish soap, and 1 tsp of table salt into a paste and rub into the stain. Once the paste has dried on, remove the residue and any remaining stain with a white rag soaked in hydrogen peroxide.
Urine Stains. While these may be the most difficult of stains to remove, it is possible by utilizing this one-two punch. One- mix 3 Tbsps of baking soda into an 8 oz glass of hydrogen peroxide with a splash of dish soap, and apply to the spot. Though the mattress may have been drenched in the original stain, be careful not to drench it in the cleaning solution. Part two: Create a foam by mixing together a solution of one part water to three parts laundry detergent and rub it over the first solution. Allow to dry for 30 minutes, then vacuum away any residue.
Other Bodily Fluids. These stains can be blotted simply with undiluted ammonia and a rag followed by a thin layer of baking soda over the area. Allow to dry completely before vacuuming.
Flip and Repeat
If you do not have a pillow top mattress, the mattress should be flipped and the process repeated on the other side. This ensures a clean mattress on all surfaces and a better sleeping experience for all.
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