You spend eight hours a day asleep on your mattress.
If you have children, especially teenagers they’ll spend every longer in there and if you have toddlers, you’ll know how messy it can get so why do so many of us not clean our mattresses?
I know cleaning your mattress is a long and daunting job which many don’t have time for but I can’t emphasis how important it is.
Cleaning your mattress doesn’t have to be a weekly occurrence but I say every six months you need to get the steamer out and give your mattress a good scrub.
Here are my top tips for cleaning your mattress.
Once you’ve removed all of your bedding and any mattress toppers, get the hoover out and give your mattress a good clean. You’d be surprised at the amount of dust which lies on our mattress so hovering will help you before you get down to the nitty gritting of cleaning it.
Remember to flip your mattress and do the same to the other side too.
Now, I completely clean one side, then flip it and do the other, then I will leave it standing up right to dry. You can also each step on each side, on after the other or if you don’t have time to do both sides, just do one and do the other side the following day.
You can buy specific products which will help to deodorize your mattress but I often opt for baking soda as it does the same job and I always have it handy in my house.
Sprinkle a good amount of baking soda on your mattress and with a scrub brush, just rub it in all over so it sinks into the fabric targeting where the bad odor lives. Let the baking soda rest and soak in for 10 minutes and then vacuum again!
You may not realise your mattress smells, but just think how much we sweat during the night, even when we’re not hot and over time this will build up a funky aroma. Once you’ve completed this process you will notice a real difference in how fresh your bed smells.
Mattresses usually acquire three types of stains, blood, urine and other bodily fluids, sometimes which we don’t even know are there.
I would always advise cleaning stains as soon as they occur but sometimes that just isn’t practical or maybe sleep is just too important.
Treating stains on your mattress is relatively easy as you can buy ready to use solvent in stores and online or you can make your own using baking soda or hydrogen peroxide but be careful and always follow the instructions.
Once the treatment is on, leave for the advised time then either clean with a clean cloth or if you have a steamer, go over the affected area until clear.
Once you’re happy all of the stains are cleaned, you can repeat this process many times until you’re happy you can then clean the entire mattress.
With a standard mattress cleaning simply cover the mattress, leave then steam clean or wipe down.
Air it Out
Now, you won’t be able to remake the bed as soon as you’re done as the mattress will be damp. Open the window and leave the mattress to dry naturally. This shouldn’t take more than a few hours but if you’re concerned about it drying in time or it’s really cold outside, put the heating on to speed up the process.