The quality of your sleep can often be majorly impacted by the quality and cleanliness of your bed’s mattress.
Learn how to keep your mattress fresh and clean with the following proven tips and strategies from the experts at aireloom.
Cleaning A Mattress: The 3 Step Process
Cover It: A good quality mattress protector is arguably one of the best investment you could make for keeping your mattress clean. Mattress protectors prevent stains, moisture, and odors from becoming deeply embedded into a mattress’s fibers. What’s more, they can be easily washed in a standard washing machine. You can buy many different varieties, including waterproof protectors and hypo-allergenic protectors.
Turn It Over: Flipping your mattress every couple of months helps to ensure that it wears evenly. Regularly turning will help to preserve the lifetime of your bed and stop it from getting lumpy. Keep in mind that mattresses are very heavy and awkward to pick up, so be sure to get help from others.
Blow Fans: You can significantly speed up drying time following cleaning by using blow fans. Don’t put new sheets on the bed or sleep on it until the mattress is completely dry. Fast-drying will help to prevent any mold growth.
To ensure a quality need of rest, you should clean your mattress on a regular basis. Keep reading to discover some more of the most effective ways to undertake mattress cleaning – and be sure to also check out some of our articles on cleaning pillows and washing duvets to keep your entire bed fresh!
We spend over a third of our life in bed, so mattresses have to endure a lot. Some of the nasties that mattresses can harbor include dirt, hair, skin cells, dust, stains, sweat, dust mites, bed bugs, and mold. A mattress is a costly long term investment, so you want to prevent it from becoming a health-hazard with regular cleaning. Before you use any cleaning products on your mattress, make sure that you take note of the wash care label. Follow any directions printed on the label. If you have a pillow top mattress, check out our article on cleaning that specific type of mattress here.
If it’s practical, airing your mattresses outside in the sun twice a year is advisable. Take your mattress outside and leave it exposed to the sunlight for at least six hours. It might be difficult to carry your mattress downstairs, but it can be worth it – sunlight is one of the best disinfectants in the world, and it can kill lots of bacteria living on your mattress so that you can enjoy a germ-free bed!
Cleaning A Mattress 101
Vacuuming your mattress at least once a month will help to prevent the buildup of dead skin cells, dust, hair, and other debris. It’s important to clean vacuum attachments before using them on your mattresses, otherwise, you can transfer dirt and bacteria from the rest of the house onto your bed. If the care instructions on your mattress’s label advise against vacuuming, use a damp cloth to wipe away any dust and debris instead.
Deodorizing your mattress is another essential step. Over time, dust, sweat, and other bodily fluids can seep into your mattress and cause nasty odors. To maintain a clean, fresh mattress, sprinkle some baking soda onto the surface and leave to work for half an hour. Once 30 minutes have passed, vacuum up the powder. Baking soda is known to have excellent natural deodorizing properties, so it will help to remove odors from your bed. To make your mattress smell extra sweet, you can also add a few drops of your favorite essential oil, such a lavender or mint, to the baking soda before you sift it over your bed. A great smelling bed can facilitate a great night’s sleep.
Do you need some more tips on how to clean your mattress? Watch the following video for cleaning advice and demonstrations from the experts:
Removing strains that appear on your mattress over time is a great place to start when it comes to cleaning your mattress. A mattress has to withstand a lot of liquid abuse from substances like sweat, blood, urine, and vomit. Some stains aren’t pleasant to clean, but it’s good practice to remove them as soon as you notice them, so they don’t become embedded deep into the mattress fibers.
To remove stains from a mattress, blot liquid stains with a cold, wet cloth as soon as possible. You want to make sure the cloth is cold as any heat can cause some protein stains to set. Blot the stain with a pressing motion – avoid rubbing the stain, as that will only cause it to spread. If necessary, add a tiny amount of laundry detergent to the cloth and continue to blot until the stain can no longer be seen. Remember to avoid getting your mattress too wet, as you don’t want to have to wait days for it to dry.