Even if you have a mattress pad on your bed, the mattress still requires cleaning because dust mites, body oils, sweat, dead skin and other residue from pets and children get through to the mattress through the pad. The fabric used on mattresses isn’t always designed to be stain resistant like carpets and rugs often are. Any stains on a mattress may be difficult to remove, but the main reasons for cleaning a mattress are to extract soil and disinfect the material. We have some tips to help clean your mattress so you can sleep soundly and safely.
- Strip the bed – In order to freshen up a mattress you first need to remove everything that is covering your bed including your pillowcases, decorations, bed sheets and your mattress pad. When you remove your pillows for sleeping, take the pillow cases off and throw them in the laundry basket.
- Wash bedding – After stripping your bed completely you can begin the cleaning process. Wash the sheets, linens,and pillow cases in the washing machine while the mattress is being cleaned. That way, you’ll start with a completely fresh bed. Read and follow care labels when washing any fabrics. Use the hottest water and dryer setting possible to kill any bacteria or dust mites that may be hiding in your linens. If you use a duvet, remove the cover and wash it with the linens as well.
- Vacuum-the first step to Deodorizing – Use a good quality vacuum to clean the mattress of dead skin, hair, mites, dust and any other debris. Make sure your vacuum has a wide brush attachment to vacuum the top of the mattress. Use the long upholstery nozzle to get into cracks, to vacuum edges and piping, and to clean the sides and corners. Before vacuuming, make sure the nozzle and brush attachments are completely clean.
- Addressing Fresh Spills – Any fluid that has recently been spilled should be addressed immediately. Dampen a clean cloth into ice cold water. Blot the spill with the damp cloth. Continue blotting until all of the liquid has been absorbed into the cloth. Do not rub or scrub the spill, as this can push it farther into the mattress.
- Removal of stains – You can either use a potent stain remover or make a DIY stain remover by mixing 2 tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide with 1 tablespoon of liquid dishwasher soap in a small bowl. Stir the mixture, and then use a toothbrush to scrub off the stain. Gently scrub the suds into affected areas of the mattress. Wipe away the extra cleaner with the help of a clean, damp cloth. For a memory foam mattress, use only, the smallest amount of cleaner possible, because memory foam should never get wet. The above solution will be effective to treat stains from dirt, food, and drinks. Let the mattress air out and do not make the bed until it is dry.
- Rotate Mattress – If it’s a conventional mattress with no designated top or bottom it’s a good idea to rotate it. If your mattress does have a designated top and bottom rotate your mattress 180 degrees. This will help with the wear and will make your mattress last longer and protect it.
You should be cleaning your mattress at least twice a year. This will help with not only your quality of sleep but your overall health as you will not be breathing in dust and other allergens. Count on Best Mattress to help guide you to the mattress that is best for you and give you the information you need to increase the life of your mattress. Contact your mattress store in Las Vegas today!