There’s more to keeping your bed clean than simply washing the bedsheets. While many of us tend to ignore the mattress underneath those sheets, it is important that you’re periodically cleaning there, too. Your sheets do not provide a watertight barrier between your mattress and your body. Over time, those dead skin cells and sweat will seep through the layers and onto your mattress. We spend around a third of our lives in bed, after all!
In this article, we’re going to take a look at how you keep your memory foam mattress nice and clean.
The Five-Step Process
Keeping your mattress clean is a multi-pronged process. Below, we take a look at five actions that’ll help to keep your mattress fresh. It’s recommended that you engage in cleaning once or twice a year, or whenever you have an illness that keeps you in bed for multiple days, or there’s an accident.
Use Your Vacuum
As we said above, your sheets are not a force-field that keeps everything away from your mattress. Things are going to get in from time to time. Indeed, once you take off your sheets, you might just be surprised at just how many crumbs and other debris made it through. The next time that you’re washing your sheets, go over your mattress with a handheld vacuum. It’ll keep things surface-level clean.
Clean it well
It’s important that you’re treating your memory foam mattress with soft, non-abrasive chemicals. If you use industrial strength products on the mattress, then there’s a chance that you’ll ruin the foam. And you don’t want to ruin your mattress, especially when you were trying to make it better! Mix a little fabric cleaner and water into a spray bottle, and then apply to your mattress. Just be sure to just give it a light spray — you’ll create other problems if you use too much. If you have a steam cleaner, then this can also work.
Deodorize The Mattress
If your mattress has picked up an unpleasant or musky smell somewhere along the way, then you’ll want to take steps to neutralize the scent. You’ll also want to do this after you’ve applied the solution above, especially if you use white vinegar instead of fabric cleaner. This is one of the easiest steps in the process since all you need is baking soda. Apply to the mattress evenly and then let it do its magic. It’s best that the window is open so that the liquids on the mattress dry more quickly. When it has dried, grab your vacuum again and suck up all the baking soda.
On Both Sides
If you can flip your mattress, then you’ll want to first, turn it over once a month to keep it in good condition. When it comes to cleaning, make sure that you’re taking all of these cleaning steps on both sides of the mattress.
It takes a little bit of effort, but cleaning really is important when it comes to the longevity and quality of your mattress.