How To Deep Clean Your Mattress

How To Deep Clean Your Mattress

One of the last things many people think of cleaning is their mattress. I did not for years, and would need to keep buying discount mattresses when mine got dirty. It is for this reason that the mattress many people sleep on is pretty grimy and dirty. Humans shed around 1.5 grams of skin a day. That amount can feed about 1 million dust mites, and these bugs are huge contributors to allergy problems. Your mattress alone could be home to 10 million dust mites. But, before you throw your mattress out the door in disgust, give it a good, deep clean.

As much as we would all like to, we can’t simply throw the mattress in the washing machine, but what you might not know, is that giving you mattress a deep clean is much easier than you could possibly have thought. Follow these easy steps to make sure you give your mattress a proper deep clean. These steps can be followed every week or month to ensure that your mattress stays clean and fresh.

Start with a clean sweep

Grab your sheets, pillows, and pillowcases and give them a good cleaning. This can easily be done while you work on cleaning your mattress. Once you have stripped the mattress bare, you can start by giving it a good vacuum. This will suck up the bugs, their feces, and you skin flakes. One of the things you will want to remember is that you will want to vacuum around the seams of the bed too and also around the label.

Many of the newer vacuums come with an upholstery attachment which can be used on mattresses and other furniture pieces. There are another use specific pieces which are designed to be used on upholstery pieces.  These mattresses have more suction power and are created to suck out more dirt. It is a great idea to vacuum your mattress whenever possible and at least every six months.

Once you have all the dirt particles sucked up you can start the cleaning process. This time you need to work to remove sweat and other stains. To do this you need to simply spray the surface of the mattress with 1 teaspoon liquid dish soap diluted in a cup of warm water. Let the solution sit for a few minutes, then scrub the mattress with a damp towel to act as the rinse cycle.

If your mattress has pet urine stains, it is recommended that you make use of the handheld attachment on your steam cleaner along with a pet-stain enzyme cleaner. After cleaning use three drops of peppermint essential oil and 1 cup of warm water to remove any lingering smells. Just spray it on and let it dry.

When you’re done stain removing, sprinkle a liberal amount of baking soda over the entire mattress and leave it there for at least an hour, or until the mattress is dry. Finally, go back over the mattress with your vacuum to remove the baking soda to finish.

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