On average, we spend around one third of our lives in bed and every single night we perspire out about ½ a pint of sweat. That’s a lot of sweat, especially considering that we replace our mattresses only after having slept on it for hundreds, if not thousands, of nights in a row.
On top of the sweat and dust that mattresses pick up there’s also dirt, food crumbs, other spills, blood, soil, and who knows what that accumulates on our beds. People rarely clean their mattress, if at all, and it’s clear to see why; they’re hard to clean! You can’t stick it in the washer and where would you even begin?
Vacuum Your Mattress- This removes a lot of the dead skin cells, dust, and other stuff that accumulates over time on your mattress. She recommends vacuuming every time that you rotate it and stresses that you use a clean upholstery attachment. If you don’t use a clean one, you run the risk of spreading even more dirt and crud onto your bed.
Deodorize Your Mattress- Make it smell fresh again with the odor neutralizing power of wonderfully affordable baking soda. All you have to do is sift some baking soda all over the top of the mattress and allow it to sit. After about 30 minutes vacuum it up with a clean upholstery attachment.
Stain Fighting- According to Melissa, stains come in 3 varieties which include protein, grease, and tannin. The protein type is the most common one you’re likely to encounter and blood, sweat, vomit, and urine all fall under this category.
The best way combat these types of stains is by cleaning them ASAP before they have time to really set in. Liquid stains should always be blotted up with a cool damp cloth. Never scrub or use warm/hot water because that sets it and will only make it worse.
DIY Cleaning Solutions- If you’re dealing with a fresh stain it can be treated with a mixture of equal parts salt, baking soda, and water. Mix this into a paste, apply it directly onto the stain, and brush it off 30 minutes later.
Then, using a cool damp cloth, wipe away any excess mixture that may still be on the mattress and allow it to fully dry. If that doesn’t work quite as well as you’d like, try this stronger cleaning mixture of 2 parts hydrogen peroxide combined with one part dish soap.
Place a very small amount of this solution on the stain and softly brush it in with a clean toothbrush. After about 5 minutes you can wipe it off with a cool damp cloth.
Keep Your Mattress Dry- In general, aim to keep all liquids off your bed. A key factor in both cleaning and maintaining a mattress is to always make sure that it’s completely dry before using or sleeping on it. If and when you need to clean it or it does get wet, use fans to help it dry faster.
If you fail to allow it completely dry you risk ending up with mold or other nasty things growing on it, so take the time to allow it to dry!
Flip Your Mattress- This should be done every season or at least twice a year. Also, rotate it around so that you are not always sleeping on one part of the mattress. Rotating helps the mattress stay even all around, especially if you and/or your partner tend to sleep on certain sides and do not weigh the same.
Now you know how to clean a mattress and hopefully you can put some of this information and these awesome tips to good use. Try them today and be rewarded with a better night’s sleep!
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