3 ways to properly clean a mattress

3 ways to properly clean a mattress
3 ways to properly clean a mattress

Most people spend a third of their life on a mattress. It is for this reason that mattresses accumulate a large amount of dirt, dust and are often stained. Over time, your mattress may lose its appeal or even cause health problems for you and your family. Sometimes it can even give off unpleasant odors. Fortunately, by priming the mattress, taking adequate measures to clean it properly and removing stains, you will then achieve an effective deep cleaning of your mattress for your well-being and that of your family.


Part 1 of 3: remove bedding debris

Deep Clean a Mattress Step 1

Step 1. Ventilate the bedroom where the mattress is located

Before you start cleaning, you need to make sure that the room you want to work in is well ventilated. To do this, open all the doors and windows that are there. Also open other windows in the house and turn on the air conditioning to facilitate air circulation.

  • Check if the room is not humid and does not have a musty smell.
  • Ventilating the room will allow the mattress to dry better if you have had to use cleaning products, making it easier to dissipate bad smells and chemicals.
Deep Clean a Mattress Step 2

Step 2. Remove sheets and bedding

You must remove everything from the mattress before cleaning. This is very important, as bad odors, dirt and dust can build up on sheets, mattress protectors and other accessories that people usually put on a mattress.

  • Take care to properly fold your sheets as you remove them so that there is no more dust and dirt settling on the mattress.
  • Also remove any mattress protectors you covered your mattress.
  • Remove any pieces of fabric that can be detached from the mattress.
Deep Clean a Mattress Step 3

Step 3. Vacuum the mattress

The best way to prime your mattress for cleaning is to vacuum it. Without it, a lot of dirt and debris will stick to the mattress, compromising all your efforts to clean it effectively.

  • Use an upholstery accessory with your vacuum cleaner.
  • When you vacuum, you should do it in a back and forth motion across the width until the entire mattress is treated.
  • For areas of the mattress that are difficult to vacuum, such as crevices, indentations and embroidery, use the crevice clip to vacuum them.
  • Turn the mattress over and vacuum the second side.

Part 2 of 3: deodorize and disinfect the mattress

Deep Clean a Mattress Step 4

Step 1. Deodorize with baking soda

To do this, sprinkle baking soda or another deodorant on the mattress. Let the baking soda sit on the mattress for 24 hours. Be aware that if you do not properly deodorize your mattress, it will retain odors and will not be cleaned properly.

  • It's okay if you end up using an entire can of baking soda or even more.
  • The longer you let the baking soda sit on the mattress, the more moisture and odor it will absorb.
  • You have the possibility to choose from a wide existing range of air fresheners to clean your mattress. Just be sure to follow the instructions on the product packaging.
  • If you live in an area with a dry climate, consider leaving your window open.
  • Whenever possible, move the mattress to direct sunlight.
Deep Clean a Mattress Step 5

Step 2. Vacuum again

After letting the deodorant sit on the mattress for a long time, you need to vacuum the mattress again. Also use your stuffing tool and crevice tool to suck up all the deodorant. When you have finished removing all of the deodorant, vacuum the mattress again.

When you vacuum the mattress, you not only remove the deodorant, but also the odors and all kinds of debris that was on it

Deep Clean a Mattress Step 6

Step 3. Kill the mites

Dust mites are parasites known to make allergies worse, asthma and skin rashes. To eliminate them, lightly spray a mixture of essential oils on your mattress. The process for doing this is quite simple.

  • 470 ml of distilled water.
  • 2 teaspoons of essential oils. Some essential oils may contain rosemary, clove, eucalyptus, caraway, or tea tree.
  • Lightly spray the mixture all over your mattress.
  • Let the mixture dry completely before continuing.
Deep Clean a Mattress Step 7

Step 4. Disinfect your mattress

To complete the complete cleaning of your mattress, you will also have to disinfect it, as it can accumulate bacteria and other contaminants over time. This step is especially important when cleaning the mattress for a new user.

  • Mix approximately 60 ml of bleach with 4 liters of cool or cold water.
  • Refrain from adding any other ingredient to the mix.
  • Spray the mixture lightly on your mattress and then clean with a clean, damp cloth.
  • Be aware that it is imperative that you use safety equipment such as goggles, gloves or even a mask when handling bleach. Also, make sure you are in a well ventilated area. If the weather is dry and sunny, dry the mattress outside your home.
  • There are other disinfectants like Lysol or Vodka that you can use to disinfect your mattress.

Step 5. Protect your clean mattress with a mattress cover

Once you've finished cleaning your mattress, cover it with a mattress pad to protect it from subsequent dirt and dust. This will keep it cleaner for a long time to come.

You can purchase a waterproof mattress protector to protect your mattress from moisture caused by sweat and urine

Part 3 of 3: remove stains

Step 1. Regularly check your mattress for stains

You should regularly inspect your mattress to see if you will find any dirt on it. When you notice any, clean them up right away. By doing so, you will prevent stains from setting and keep your mattress always clean. So whenever you feel like this sleeping accessory has a smudge, take a look under the sheets and clean that up right away.

Deep Clean a Mattress Step 8

Step 2. Clean dirt or stains from a mattress

To do this, lightly spray the mattress with vinegar and sprinkle a small amount of baking soda on the stain in question. Then let the mixture sit for a few hours. After that, scrape off the baking soda with a butter knife or a flat piece of plastic. Finally, vacuum to collect the baking soda once it has dried.

  • Remember that dirt stains are not only unsightly, they are also a favorable environment for the proliferation of bacteria and cause many other health problems.
  • For more stubborn stains, consider using upholstery cleaners or other solutions intended for mattresses. Also, you must make sure to strictly follow the instructions so as not to saturate the mattress.
Deep Clean a Mattress Step 9

Step 3. Remove urine stains

To remove urine stains from your mattress, mix 3 tablespoons of baking soda, 240 ml of hydrogen peroxide and half a teaspoon of dish soap. Gently dab the solution onto the urine stain. Avoid the solution soaking your mattress. Finally, let the treated part dry.

  • Urine is the type of dirt you often notice on mattresses, especially children's ones. Not only does it leave stains appear there, but also promotes the release of foul odors which are difficult to eliminate.
  • If the stain remains visible, prepare a mixture of 3 tablespoons of washing powder and 15 ml of water. Spread this solution on the stain and let it sit for half an hour. Then remove the dough with a knife or a flat, thin piece of plastic. Finally, vacuum to remove any residue.
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Step 4. Remove blood stains

To remove blood stains, you will need to mix approximately 60 ml of hydrogen peroxide as well as 15 ml of table salt and dish soap respectively. Pour the mixture over the dirt and let it sit. Then, make the effort to scrape off the residue using a butter knife or a thin piece of plastic.

  • Even though blood stains on mattresses are not as common as urine stains, it must be said that they are not that rare either. However, despite the fact that they do not emit an odor like urine, they are often more difficult to eliminate.
  • If the blood stain still does not fade, dampen a clean white cloth with hydrogen peroxide and dab it lightly.
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Step 5. Smooth out vomit stains

Take a clean white cloth that you soak in ammonia. Once done, lightly dab the stain. Wipe the affected area again with a clean white cloth.

  • Ventilate the room.
  • Be careful not to use too much ammonia or other liquid solutions on your mattress.
  • Sometimes vomit stains are more difficult to remove, because the combination of stomach acid and food products produces a fairly unpredictable mixture that is difficult to target with specific cleaning products.

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