Hey Guys! Today we are going to cover an important topic, i.e. how to clean a mattress and then maintain it? Generally, we invest so much on a mattress and expect it to work for a longer period of time. But, due to some unwanted damages, the life of our precious mattress decreases. These damages include liquid spills, bed bug bite, baby urine, food stains, dust, etc. Therefore, one must know how to protect a mattress by keeping it clean. This is the best way to ensure long life of your mattress. If you don’t know the ways to do so and are looking for help, then this blog post is for you. We would love to give you the insights.
Before we start, here is the list of products that you must have with you before you start the cleaning:
- Vacuum Cleaner
- Baking Soda
- Cleaning Cloth
- Cold water
- Old Toothbrush
- Spray Bottle with a mixture of 50-50 Water and Vinegar
So, without any more discussion, let’s move on to the steps.
1. Remove the Bedsheet/ Cover and any Bedding
The very first step is to clean anything that is above your mattress. Remove the bedding, bedsheets or covers and put them for laundry. Make sure that your mattress is free and ready to be cleaned. We spend a lot of time on our mattress, so it is important to clean it and maintain. Then, there is always a risk of bacterial growth which affects our skin and our internal health as well.
If by mistake you spill something over your mattress, then you must immediately clean it, otherwise it may leave a rigid stain behind. These stains are really hard to remove, but with some simple techniques, you can easily clean them off from your mattress. We will talk about that too in this blog post.
2. Vacuum and Clean
This is an important and a compulsory step of how to clean a mattress. You must be aware of the fact that we do not clean our mattress daily. Therefore, dust gets accumulated on it. With vacuum you clean away any mites, hair, dead skin, dust, etc. on or below the mattress. Make sure that you tilt your mattress and clean the bed too. Vacuum the mattress from the other side as well, so that it is dust free.
In case you don’t have a vacuum cleaner, then you must use a cleaning cloth and remove all excess dust or such particles that you see on the mattress or below it. You must clean the bed as well.
3. Cleaning Stains- Recognize the issue and then Take Actions!
In this part, we will talk about the issues or problematic areas and then how to clean a mattress. Once you are done removing anything that is on your mattress, and then cleaning it off with a vacuum or cloth, now it is time to recognize the stains. Stains are different. Some are old and some are fresh. So, here is a step by step guidance for different issues.
A. Cleaning off Stains from Fresh Spills
It often happens that we spill liquids or food over our bed. If these stains are not cleaned immediately, then they may leave behind rigid stains. So, if you have any fresh stain over your mattress, then start with blotting it with paper or a cloth. Do, not press it hard otherwise it will penetrate deep inside the mattress. Keep a light pressure. You must immediately do this step as soon as anything spills over the mattress.
Once you are done, now make a solution of detergent and water in a bowl. Pour a little over the spill, and lightly scrub it off with an old brush. Clean off the residue with a damp cloth. This method is helpful to clean stains from drinks, tea, or any food. If you have a foam mattress, then do not overdo with the liquid mixture of detergent and water.
B. Cleaning Rigid Stains
We all have some or the other rigid stains on our mattress. If you don’t have, that’s great. But, if you do, then follow this step. Spray the liquid of vinegar and water over the stain. Now, leave this solution for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, gently scrub it with little detergent water, and then wipe it off with a cloth. Again, make sure to not over apply the water solutions, because you do not want your mattress to get deeply wet. It should just be little, so that it can dry off.
4. Sprinkle Baking Soda all over the Mattress
People often ask how to clean a mattress with baking soda. Well, baking soda has strong properties that help in cleaning the mattress. It deals in removing the foul smells, dirt, discolouration, etc. It also helps in deodorizing the entire mattress. In this Step, you need to sprinkle the baking soda evenly all over the mattress. The amount should be generous. Now, Let the baking soda sit for 30 minutes on the mattress. Let it absorb the bad odour and clean the mattress.
After 30 minutes, use a vacuum cleaner again to clean the residue. If you do not have a vacuum cleaner, then just use a damp cloth to wipe off the residue. Again, do not use too much water, otherwise it will penetrate inside the mattress, and we don’t want this to happen.
5. Let the Mattress Dry
Once you are done cleaning your mattress, now you must let it air dry. Open the windows of your room and switch on the fan. This will help fresh air to enter the room and replace any bad odour. The sunrays and heat will help in drying off any remaining wetness on the mattress. Also, the UV rays from the sun will help in killing any remaining bacteria.
So, these were the steps on how to clean a mattress. Now let’s move on to the point where we have to maintain it.
How to Maintain your Mattress and keep it in a good shape?
The first thing that you must do is to clean your mattress. Once you are done, now it is up to you, how well you are able to maintain it. The very first thing is to keep cleaning your mattress at a regular interval of time. The second option is to tilt the mattress to another side time to time, so that both the sides get equal exposure. One effective way to keep your mattress protected from multiple damages is to use a mattress protector or a mattress cover. These are 100% waterproof and durable. They will block away dust, mites, bed bugs, stains, water leakage, etc. They are easy to clean with hands and with machine as well.
So, guys, these were some effective ways on how to clean a mattress and maintain it. If you liked this blog post, then do let us know in the comments section below. We would love to read your feedback. Thank you for reading till the end.