You spend about a third of your life on your mattress, so keeping it clean is one housekeeping chore that should always be on your cleaning checklist. Regular mattress cleaning can help reduce allergens, decrease dust mites and give you a clean, fresh place to sleep. And that’s just for starters.
Think about your mattress for a minute. We don’t want to alarm you, but your mattress could have a combination of sweat, blood, urine and other liquids embedded in it. Yuck. You may not notice any moisture, but it’s probably there. That moisture in your mattress is the perfect environment for mold and mildew to grow. So every night you sleep on a dirty mattress, you’re breathing in all those spores, dust mite allergens and more.
Give your mattress a regular cleaning and enjoy a healthier sleep with these easy ways to clean your mattress. Make sure you flip your mattress and clean both sides. Remember to inspect the sidewalls and clean those, too.
How Do You Know When Your Mattress Needs Cleaning?
You can’t remember the last time you cleaned your mattress? Let’s just say that it’s time! Clean your mattress every few months to keep it fresh and healthy.
If you wake up several times during the night with allergy symptoms, the cause could be dust, dust mites and a host of other allergens. Time to clean your mattress and get rid of all those pollutants.
You’ve noticed bites on your skin or little bug skeletons. Bed bug infestations may not be very obvious until they get out of hand, so if you see any signs on your skin or your mattress, it’s time to give it a good cleaning.
Your mattress has an odor. Again, your mattress is a catch-all for dead skin cells, sweat, bodily fluids and even mold. If your mattress is not smelling its freshest, it’s time to strip those sheets and start cleaning.
Your mattress has stains. We get it. You aren’t going to deep clean your mattress every time you change the sheets, but how often do you ignore any stains? They may be out of sight when you put on fresh sheets, but they are still there. Stop putting it off.
One of The Best Ways to Clean Your Mattress is to Break Out the Vacuum
The first and easiest step for cleaning your mattress is vacuuming. A good vacuuming will remove mites, dust, dead skin, hair, and more from the mattress. Use a wide brush attachment to loosen up dried debris as you vacuum. Use an attachment like a long nozzle to get into the seam areas, sides and corners.
Vacuuming is your first line of attack when you’re deep cleaning, but it’s also something you should do every time you change the linens. If that seems like overkill, go back and read the first part above!
Regularly removing dust and dead skin from your mattress surface is very effective for keeping dust mites away. For memory foam mattresses, regular vacuuming can help you breathe easier too. Foam mattresses emit fumes as they age that could cause respiratory irritation. Capture those fumes with a HEPA vacuum and sleep in a healthier environment.
Ways to Clean Your Mattress if it Has Stains
You should spot clean stains when they happen or at least when you see them. Combine 2 parts of hydrogen peroxide and 1 part liquid dish soap in a container. Dip an old toothbrush into the mixtures and gently scrub the stains on your mattress.
Wipe away any extra suds with a clean, damp cloth. For a memory foam mattress, use only enough to dampen the area because memory foam soaks up liquids much faster than traditional mattresses. This method will work on stains from dirt, drinks and food.
Biological stains can be a little tougher and may require an enzyme cleaner. Enzyme cleaners work on blood, urine, sweat, vomit and more. They are also effective at breaking down greasy or oily stains.
Spray some enzyme cleaner onto a clean microfiber cloth instead of directly on the stain. Blot the stain with the cloth until it’s damp. Let the enzyme cleaner sit for 15 minutes to break down the stain. Blot the stain gently with the same cloth to slowly remove the stain. Wipe it all down with a clean, damp cloth and you’re done.
Make sure your mattress is completely dry before putting on fresh sheets.
Steam is Great For Cleaning and Refreshing Your Mattress
Whether you have a steam cleaner or just a garment steamer, this safe and natural method is great for breaking down stains and eliminating odors. Warm up your steamer and start applying short bursts of steam all across your mattress surface. Give stains a little extra steam.
You want to be thorough, but be careful not to go overboard and get your mattress too wet. If it’s too damp, you’ll have to wait longer for it to dry and you could be at risk for mold and mildew.
Steam cleaning is a simple, chemical-free way to deodorize, sanitize and kill mites/bugs in your mattress. But it’s not suitable for every type of mattress. Always check the manufacturer’s recommendations and warranty terms to see if steam cleaning is a good option.
After you steam clean your mattress, you have to let it dry. Turn on the ceiling fan, open windows and make sure you give it time to dry thoroughly before making the bed. You may want to use this method when you know you’ll be gone overnight or longer.
Whether you’re steam cleaning, spot cleaning stains or just vacuuming, it’s a good idea to use a natural deodorizer. Sprinkle baking soda liberally over the mattress. Let it sit for at least an hour to deodorize and help eliminate some of the moisture. Give your mattress another good vacuuming and you can finally put fresh, clean sheets on.
Protect and Keep Your Mattress Cleaner Longer
Regularly flip and rotate your mattress for even wear to make it last longer. You’ll prevent dips and soft spots and sleep more comfortably. For a mattress that isn’t two-sided, just rotate it regularly. Flip or rotate your mattress every quarter to keep it in good shape.
Consider putting a mattress protector on your mattress. Most mattress protectors zip closed to seal the mattress and protect it from spills, dust, stains and bed bugs. At the very least, invest in a mattress pad or cover that protects the top surface.
If you need help with your mattress cleaning, why not let The Maids help? We’re experts at fighting dirt, grime and stains and we even use commercial-grade vacuums with HEPA filtration. From mattress cleaning to whole-house cleaning, we have you covered.