Mattress is the furniture that you use more than any other item in your house. When you give your home a deep cleaning, you are probably not giving your mattress a good cleaning. Just because you have a mattress pad and cover it with sheets doesn’t mean that you do not have to clean it. However, fungus, stains, smells, dust mites, pet dander, and more can get trapped on your mattress. Fortunately, mattresses are easy to clean.
Cleaning Your Linens And Mattress Pads
You will want to strip your mattress free of all the linens and the mattress covers and pads. Take those and wash them in the washing machine. If you are using a plastic protector, you can wipe it down with a spray cleaner. These items are full of sweat, skin cells, dust, and more. Allow these to dry thoroughly while you are cleaning your mattress.
Get out your vacuum and give your mattress a good cleaning. Mattresses have lots of nooks and crannies, making it easy for debris to get trapped in them. Take your vacuum cleaner’s upholstery tool and go in small circles. Do not forget the sides of your mattress.
Spot Clean Your Mattress
Spot cleaning your mattress is the best way to clean it when you have stains. Mattresses should not get fully wet; this is especially true for memory foam. Use a spray cleaner and a clean cloth to blot at the stained spot. Do not scrub the stain. If you scrub the stain, it may go into the fabric and not be able to be removed. You will want to use a specific cleaner for spots. For example, if there are blood or urine stains on your mattress, you should use an enzyme cleaner and blot to remove them.
Deodorizing With Baking Soda
In learning how to clean a mattress, you are probably curious as to how you can deodorize it. Baking soda is perfect for this. Using it to deodorize your mattress is easy. You can use it as a refresher at any point in time. To do this, all you will need to do is to sprinkle the top of the mattress with a layer of baking soda. Let it sit for several hours. The baking soda will break down and absorb foul odors and any moisture that may be in your mattress. If you want to help the baking soda even more, open your blinds and let the sun come in. The rays from the sun will help kill any bacteria and mold that may be on your mattress.
After the baking soda, you will need to vacuum again. Make sure that you get into all the crevices of your mattress to ensure that everything is clean.
Flip and Rotate The Mattress
Even if you clean your mattress often, you should flip it and rotate it frequently. Your mattress can start to sag and develop divots and uneven spots over time. Flipping it every three to six months can prevent this from happening. So, when you are done cleaning your mattress, flip it and make sure you clean that side too. After you are done cleaning, you can add your mattress cover and fresh linens back.
When To Replace Your Mattress
No matter how well you clean your mattress, at some point, you will need to replace it. Mattresses do not last forever and should be replaced every eight years. When finding a new mattress, make sure that you take the time to find one that is comfortable. Once you have found and gotten your new mattress, make sure that you deep clean it every six months. This will ensure that it is in good shape.
Keeping your mattress clean can help keep you healthy. When you are doing your deep cleaning on your home, be sure to add mattress cleaning to your list of things to do. If you have multiple beds in your house, it is good to schedule a day where all the mattresses get cleaned. Ask your family members to pitch in to ensure that they have a good clean mattress to sleep on. Having a clean mattress will help to prevent allergens, bacteria, and mold.