After a long day at work, all we wish for is a good night sleep on our cozy beds. But for this, the bed needs to be clean enough to provide us with all the required comfort. The cleaning up of a mattress is more than just running a vacuum cleaner over it; there are multiple things that you should be doing to make your mattresses smell and feel like roses.
Some unwanted agents like bugs, dust, and stains tend to accumulate on the mattress with time. Apart from this, body fluids like sweat, urine, and blood also make the mattress dirty.
Not only body fluids but also chemicals are now a part of our mattresses as the products which we use tend to be absorbed by some materials in the mattress. This sometimes lead to off-gassing. To prevent this you can read our article on How to get rid of Mattress Off-Gassing smell.
The environment in which you live in also decides the frequency at which you must clean your mattresses. If you stay in humid areas like India, then mattress cleaning on a regular basis should be a top priority because of all the sweat and moisture transferred from your body to the mattress.
Also, if your place is the home of little kids or pets then the need to cleansing up the mattress increases.
Here is a guide for all of you which shall help you in kick-starting the cleansing of your mattresses.
It is really good that you have purchased a perfect mattress after conducting research online. If not, or If you are thinking to get a new one then this article on Best Mattress in India can help you to some extent. However, old mattress or a new one, if you do not keep them clean, they will end up being a liability to you as they cause more harm than good.
First things first, take off all the bed sheets, pillow covers, or blankets from the mattress and put them to wash in hot water.
By doing so, you tend to kill all the unwanted germs which are resting on your sheets as the increased temperature doesn’t let them get their oxygen. Meanwhile, turn to the mattress and start the sterilization process.
Tips to Clean the Mattress Effectively
1. Vacuum the Mattress
The best and the easiest way of cleaning a mattress is by using the upholstery attachment of your vacuum. All you need to do is, start from the top and eventually slide down while following the narrowest of paths of the mattress.
2. Use Baking Soda as a Deodorant
Sweat is one thing that turns in to foul smell if not cleaned on time. The best way of cleaning up a mattress and removing all the foul smells is to sprinkle and brush on some baking soda over it. Let this settle for 10 minutes, and you are ready for the next step.
3. Vacuum the Baking Soda
Now as you have scrubbed your mattress with baking soda, you have allowed it to bond with the unwanted body oils and moisture. It’s time that you use a vacuum to remove both the layers of baking soda and unwanted odors.
4. Treatment of Stains
Normally there are three main types of stains that are found on mattresses: urine, bodily fluids, and blood. The best way of removing the stains on time by cleaning then as soon as they are formed but if not then these are the ways you can remove those stains.
Dried blood: make a paste of hydrogen peroxide, liquid soap, and table salt. Now let it sit on the stain for a while till the mixture solidifies. Post this scrape off the mixture and see the magic.
Urine stains: take some baking soda and hydrogen peroxide plus a few drops of liquid soaps. Now dap the mixture on the urine stains.
If the stain doesn’t go, then whisk it with the laundry powder and little bit of water to produce foam. Let this sit for half an hour, and hopefully, the stubborn stains would go.
Now scrape off the paste with the help of a spoon. Or use a clean cloth to remove the excess solution.And the last step is to vacuum the mattress again for the removal of urine stains.
Bodily fluids like vomit: Open up the windows and use cloth & ammonia to blot the stains. Now wipe it all off and sprinkle some baking soda. Post this run the vacuum cleaner over it nicely.
5. Flip and Repeat
You are done with the task on cleaning one side of the mattress, now flip the mattress and repeat the first four steps. Also, make sure that you flip the mattress on a weekly basis for the first three months.
If you have a pillow top mattress then, of course, you can’t flip it but make sure to rotate its bottom.
6. Using a Good Mattress Cover to Minimize the Cleaning Required
Till now we are sure that you must have realized that the task of cleaning a mattress is hectic. The best way of minimizing all the above-mentioned steps is by covering the mattress with a cover so that you can wash it regularly. These should be waterproof covers with multiple layers so that the mattress is unharmed.
7. Put on the Clothes of the Bed
The last step is to do nothing but dress up the bed. Put on the bed sheet, pillow covers, and blanket. You can even add some colorful eye-catchy sheets to make the bed more cozy and comfortable.
And now its time to hop on the bed and enjoy a nice smelling sleep.
These are some easy tips you can follow to keep your mattress clean. It is very important that you maintain the mattresses well. Mattresses can be a breeding ground for many diseases if their cleanliness is not addressed in a timely manner.
It is only fair that we spend some time at least once a week for this activity. I hope that article was useful for you to get started with the mattress cleaning activity.