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How to Deep Clean Your Mattress

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EVERYONE knows you need to change the bedding, but have you ever cleaned the mattress?

Stains, dirt, and grime can build up on your mattress, so give it a thorough cleaning from time to time.

How to clean a mattress

Cleaning your mattress may seem daunting, but it’s much simpler than you think.

You can clean it with a few simple supplies that you probably already have lying around your house.

1. Wash the bedding set

The first step is to remove the bedding from the mattress because you cannot clean a mattress that is covered.

Put it in the washing machine to clean it while you work on the mattress.

You should wash your bedding once a week or once every two weeks, depending on how often you sleep on it.

2. Grab your cleaning supplies

You don’t need any fancy cleaning tools here, unless you have some serious stains to remove. All you need is a vacuum cleaner, with an upholstery attachment if possible. Gather your baking soda and laundry detergent (or dish soap), as well as a cloth or sponge. Finally, take a bucket of warm or cold water; hot water is not as effective.

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3. Open a window

Ventilation is key when doing major cleaning, because chemicals can build up and become unsafe. An open window can also help ventilate the mattress and begin to eliminate odors.

4. Vacuum your mattress

Vacuum the mattress in small circular motions to pick up dirt from the surface. Go lightly and be sure to get into the cracks, if possible add an upholstery accessory for better cleaning. If you have time, vacuum the mattress again before moving on to the next step.

5. Spot clean stains

This is where the laundry detergent mixed with the warm water comes in. Rub the mixture over any stains to lift the dirt; do not rub as this can make the stain worse. If there is liquid on the mattress, place a paper towel over the spill and let it soak up any remaining liquid. A quick way to do this is with a steam cleaner, if you have one. Let this air dry completely before continuing with the next steps.

6. Cover with baking soda

Baking soda is not just an ingredient, it can also be a powerful cleaning agent. Sprinkle a layer of baking soda over the entire mattress and let it air out for at least a few hours; if possible, leave it overnight. This is a deodorizing agent, so it will remove any lingering odors from your mattress.

7. Vacuum again

Once your mattress smells fresh, you can vacuum out any remaining dirt and baking soda. This will pick up anything you missed on your first pass, as well as any additional dirt you managed to dislodge. You can also vacuum the headboard if it’s fabric and clean the bed frame at the same time.

8. Flip the mattress

This may be a good time to flip the mattress over and repeat the cleaning process on the other side. You should flip your mattress every three months to keep it in good condition. If you don’t want to do this, you can reposition the bedding on your bed.

Cleaning tips and tricks

Here are some tips to help you clean your home like a pro:

Can I clean a memory foam mattress?

You can clean the memory foam mattress in the same way as any other mattress. Unfortunately, if you have tough stains, you can’t use a steam cleaner on a memory foam mattress. The heat and moisture from a steam cleaner can damage the structure of memory foam. If you have a stubborn stain, you’ll just need to continue with the laundry detergent and water method.

How often should I clean my mattress?

This may come as a surprise, but you really should clean your mattress every few months. If this doesn’t fit into your busy schedule, try doing it at least three times a year. Even if you just vacuum the mattress every few times you change the bedding, this should help keep it clean. Your bedding should be changed every week or every two weeks. Not changing your bedding can lead to skin problems like acne breakouts, so change it regularly.


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