When you spend a lot on a mattress, you want to make sure that you get the most out of it. Keeping it clean can help keep your mattress feeling and smelling fresh, but it can also help keep it in the best shape longer. If you care for your mattress, it will certainly return the favor and take good care of you. So it is really important for a long-lasting mattress for a person to maintain it.
You can clean your mattress in little time, and your mattress is not the only one that is going to thank you. Your body will be grateful too. By cleaning your mattress, you are not only extending the lifespan of your mattress, it can also be beneficial to your health.
Cleaning your mattress regularly will get rid of the dust-mites that can irritate your allergies, because cleaning will remove the dead skin cells that they feed off of. It will also help clean any other dirt and messes before they become stains. It can be scary enough to consider that you are only a piece of fabric away from sleeping on such a filthy mattress, which is enough of a reason to want to keep it clean.
While there are quite a few steps to properly clean a mattress, as you can see it is entirely worth the effort. Keeping your mattress clean and free of bacteria can prevent a smelly mattress and help prevent disgusting items like bed bugs or dust-mites. There are so many reasons for cleaning your mattress that it is worth the time that it will take to do it.
How to Keep Your Mattress Clean
The following is a list of the easiest and most efficient way to clean your mattress. While having special tools to help you with it, it is not always necessary to have them. Here is the list on how to keep your mattress clean.
Tips #1. Protection is Prevention
- Buying a mattress pad is one of the best ways to keep your mattress clean. With a mattress pad, all the stains and sweat will be absorbed by the mattress pad, and you can just pull the mattress pad off the mattress and put it in the washer and dryer to clean it.
- For safe measures, you can vacuum the mattress to just help out. Otherwise the mattress pad often does an excellent job protecting your mattress, and can ensure that you can skip many of the steps to clean your mattress.
- When cleaning your mattress pad is no longer effective, just buy a new one. That is much cheaper than having to purchase a new mattress.
Tips #2. Vacuuming the Mattress
- Vacuuming the mattress is the first thing you should do. Doing this will get rid of any crumbs, hair, and other dirt and dust that may have accumulated on the mattress. This is something that may be done every time you flip your mattress. It is recommended that this is done with every season change, from by turning the mattress clockwise. Doing this can help increase the life of your mattress as it evens out the wear and tear of nightly use.
- It is important to remember to use a clean upholstery attachment when cleaning the mattress, as you do not want to make matters worse by getting more dirt and other dust from other parts of the house on the mattress you are trying to clean.
- Be thorough when cleaning; including getting the top of the box spring or getting the platform bed or other surface that your mattress is set upon to really get a good clean.
Tips #3. Deodorize the Mattress
- If your mattress accumulates that much dirt and dust, it will likely develop its own (an often unpleasant) fragrance, which you will want to fix and prevent when you set out to clean your mattress.
- One thing you can do in order to remedy this is to put baking soda on your mattress and let sit for at least 30 minutes but try to go for at least 2 hours. This works because baking soda is a natural deodorizer, as well as a much cheaper alternative to more pricey fabric refreshers that you put on a carpet to deodorize it.
- After 30 minutes has passed, you can use the upholstery attachment on your mattress to pick up the baking soda, taking care to really get into those many crevices on your mattress.
- Adding an essential oil that you enjoy the fragrance of to the baking soda prior to putting it on your mattress can help give a pleasant scent to last a few days, if you are looking for that. While this does not help remove stains, doing this process after spot cleaning the mattress can help absorb any excess of liquid from the cleaning process.
Tips #4. Spot Cleaning
The type of stain can vary what you use to clean it up. There are 3 different varieties of stains that you will come across in any cleaning process: protein, tannin, or grease. Unless you are eating French fries and enjoying a stain worthy beverage in your bed and spill them both directly on the mattress, you are not likely going to come across any other stain than a protein stain.
- A protein stain is caused by our body, including sweat, vomit, blood, urine and any other bodily liquid that can get on the mattress.
- If you do spill some greasy food or beverage with staining capabilities on your mattress, or have some other type of accident in bed where liquid needs to be picked up, that liquid needs to be picked up immediately by using a wet cloth for the initial mess, and following up with a dry one to pick up any excess liquid.
- It is important that you use a pressing motion, instead of a circular one as blotting will help remove the stain but a circular motion will often just rub the stain in further.
- When you are removing a fresh protein stain, you can create a paste of salt, baking soda and water. After doing this, you will rub this paste directly on the stain. Follow up by brushing off this paste after some time, around 30 minutes later.
- After this step, you will then use a cool damp cloth to remove whatever paste that does not come off, and let the mattress air dry. If you find that this method has not worked, you can try a homemade mixture that is a tougher solution.
- One solution is made of 2 parts hydrogen peroxide to one part dish soap. Use this solution gently on the stain, brushing it in with a cleaning toothbrush. Let the solution sit for around 5 minutes before wiping it off with a cool damp cloth. You may find that this helps with any discoloration that you find to be unsightly.
- There is also a method of cleaning called “dry-suds”. This is recommended by the mattress manufacturers to clean your mattress. You can make dry-suds by putting about ¼ cup of liquid dish soap into a small mixer bowl. You will next turn on the mixer, adding just a teaspoon at a time for a total of 3 teaspoons of water.
- Be sure to take a few steps back each time you add some water. Soon, you will find that the mixer will start to fill up with foam. You can harvest this foam by scraping off the top layer of foam. You will then rub the foam directly on the stain, by either using a small brush or a clean sponge. Be sure to not use too much, as this will put more moisture on the area than you should causing issues of excess liquid. You will need to let this dry before use.
- Another homemade stain fighting solution contains hydrogen peroxide, baking soda, and liquid dish soap. Mix these ingredients into a spray bottle, and spray it directly on the areas that you want to spot clean. After doing so, blot with a clean cloth.
- A final homemade solution to consider is to make a paste out of lemon juice and salt. You can put this mixture directly on the stains and let sit for around 30 minutes to an hour. Wipe off the mixture using a clean cloth.
- Another option to consider for spot treating your mattress is to purchase a non-toxic and natural enzyme cleaner. These are made specifically for chemically breaking down any stains or odors on your mattress. These items are rather effective for this task if you can afford to purchase some.
Whichever method you choose to use for this, remember to only use as little liquid as possible so that you can be sure that the mattress is dry prior to use. This can be done by using fans in the room, which will speed up the drying process.
By using the mattress while it is wet, you run the risk of making your own personal mold spores, which is just as unpleasant as it sounds.
Tips #5. Steam Cleaning and Other Deep Cleaning Method
- Steam cleaning, or using a deep cleaner, can be two very effective ways of cleaning your mattress. This may not be entirely recommended to do on your own, however, as moisture and mattresses do not mix. This can lead to a lot of human error, which can really cause more trouble that it is worth.
- For people with allergies or other types of sensitivities, a good deep clean or steam cleaning on your mattress can be really good for you, but you should not take the risk of doing it yourself as you can create an excess of moisture that is perfect for growing mold.
- As we know, mold is a huge allergen that is lurking around in the house and can be easily avoided and remedied with care. If you are considering this option, you should consider going with a professional. They have specialized cleaning machines, including a quality extractor to remove the excess moisture. They are trained to properly handle mattress cleaning, and you will be much less likely to suffer the consequences of doing it wrong with them performing the task.
Tips #6. Fresh Air
- Sometimes a person really just needs to get out and get some fresh air to really feel refreshed, as well as getting some sun to hit your skin for that extra boost of vitamin D. While your mattress does not need the nutrition value of the vitamin D you get from the sunlight, it can benefit your mattress to be outside.
- Airing out your mattress can be one of the best things that you can do for your mattress, much like it can be one of the best things you can do for yourself. While this may not be entirely possible for some, especially those who live in an apartment or by yourself with no access to help carrying the mattress outside if you need it; it can be incredible for your mattress.
- By taking your mattress outside to get some much needed fresh air, you are doing more than just airing out any odors that may be hidden on your mattress and allowing it to take in the fresh nature air. Putting your mattress outside in the sun can help eliminate any bacteria naturally.
Tip #7. Other Tips to Maintain Your Mattress
Cleaning your mattress is incredibly important, but there are some other things you should do in order to keep your mattress around longer. Here are some additional tips for extending your mattress’ life:
- Do the Flip
Earlier it was stated that you should rotate your mattress every season, and vacuum it when you do. It is also recommended that you flip your mattress as well. Then vacuum that side as well, as dust-mites and other particles can get really deep into your mattress. This will also help reduce sagging and normal wear and tear that will occur during nightly use. Flipping your mattress is recommended, however it is not always an option. Any type of pillow top mattress cannot be flipped. You should look for your mattress manufacturer’s options on flipping your mattress.
- No Dogs Allowed
It is recommended that you do not let your furry friends share the bed with you. Pet dander is a popular allergen and their pet hair and dead skin cells will help to contribute to the growth and nourishment of dust-mites. It may be best to just buy the dog its own comfy and specially made dog bed.
- Bed Bugs
Bed bugs are more than just an annoyance that will bite you all night long. They can cause serious problems in the long run, even by spreading to other parts in the house, adding to allergy problems and other misery. If you discover bed bugs, or have suspicions that you have them, call a professional immediately to take care of the problem. They are not something that can be helped by the average person, as it takes professional equipment to relieve this pet problem.
- Foam Mattresses
The cleaning methods discussed here are primarily only good for standard innerspring mattresses. Any mattress that contains foam, whether it be latex or memory foam, will not appreciate any liquid getting on it. Liquid can easily get trapped inside of the mattress, and there is no release for it. Think of it as being like a sponge. If you absolutely need to spot clean your foam mattress, be cheap with the liquid and blot as if your life depended on it.
- Prevent Allergens
Allergens are not our friend. Any place that is hot and humid and humans exist, dust-mites also exist. These dust-mites are a primary cause of allergens in our home, as a result of not them, but their dead body parts and excrement. Some studies show that after 10 years, the mattress may gain about 50% of its weight from the dust-mites and the things they leave behind. That is a scary thing to consider. If you want to keep the humidity low where your mattress is, you are able to do so by using a de-humidifier if needed because you live in a very humid environment. Cleaning your mattress often, taking care to really get it clean during the less humid spring season, can be your greatest defense in preventing allergens including dust-mites.
- It’s a Mattress, Not a Bouncy House
Jumping on the bed is definitely not recommended. Not only can children hurt themselves, sometimes seriously, by jumping on the bed, they can also do some damage to the mattress. Mattresses were made to sleep on, not to be used as a trampoline. If your kids want a bouncy house or trampoline, buy them one. Otherwise, ban their jumping on the beds. By jumping on the bed, children can not only damage the springs in the mattress, they can also do serious damage to the box spring and the bed frame.
- Provide the Proper Frame and Foundation
Our house is only as good as the foundation it is set upon. Mattresses go by this same exact principle. When you buy a mattress and box spring, it is recommended to buy them together. This way you know that the box spring is the appropriate one for your mattress. They will need to work as a team, not only to provide you with the support that you desperately need, but give the mattress the support it needs in order to prevent sagging. You will also need to check your bed frame. It needs to be strong enough to support all of the weight, not just of the mattresses, but with the people lying on it. Larger mattresses generally require full support in the center, but for enough slats to accommodate what it needs to. Getting a bed like a platform bed can be a great option, as it is a complete boarded slat that takes up the whole bed frame.
- Only You Can Prevent Bed Stains
As stated earlier, prevention is the best way to clean your mattress. A mattress pad is often a cheap enough option and it is easier to pull it off and toss in the laundry than it is to clean and entire mattress properly without damaging it. You do not have to clean a mattress, if it never gets dirty, though vacuuming it can still be a great option for added measures.
Mattresses need to be treated kindly in order to keep its users happy. In order to do this, the proper maintenance and cleaning is absolutely crucial. First of all, it will help keep allergens away. This is so incredibly important, especially if you wake up with annoying symptoms like puffy and itchy eyes, and have sinus problems so bad that your headache just cannot seem to be taken care of.
Regular cleaning of your mattress can greatly improve these symptoms and will help you feel better first thing in the morning. You should not only regularly clean your mattress, but it is important that you regularly clean and replace your bed sheets, pillow cases, quilts and comforters. This will help in the prevention of the allowing these nasty allergens to keep growing and making your life miserable.
Regular cleaning is definitely important, but it is also important to air out and deodorize your mattress. This will help keep your mattress smelling its freshest and will prevent any unpleasant orders that can lurk and make you unhappy. As you can see, deodorizing is a simple process that is also very inexpensive.
It needs to be emphasized the importance of allowing your mattress to dry before use, as well as preventing it from getting too wet to begin with. Fans are absolutely your friends here, as they can help speed up this process. By not properly allowing the mattress to dry, you are setting yourself up to creating mold spores, which can be another allergen. If you are cleaning your bed to avoid allergens, this means that you have just wasted your time and potentially have ruined your mattress.
Take care of your mattress. Do not forget to flip it if possible, and rotate it every time the season changes. Keep it clean, and safe from jumping children and your furry friends. You paid a lot for your mattress; you want to be sure that it lasts as long as possible.