It is important to keep your mattress clean. The average person spends about 26 years of their life sleeping, which equates to 9,490 days or 227,760 hours, and you will want to do this on a clean mattress (even though you will most likely change your mattress frequently throughout your life). Mattresses are very good at trapping dirt, dead skin, dust, and other impurities. You should clean your mattress at least once every three months, especially if you have allergies, keep pets or eat on the bed, which is a very bad habit as it can attract rodents.
Some people think that it is difficult to clean a mattress, but these are all myths. Cleaning a mattress is easier than you think. In this article, we’ll show you how to clean your mattress, so you don’t sleep on a nest of germs.
What do you need?
- A vacuum with an upholstery tool.
- Dishwashing liquid or any enzyme cleaner.
- Laundry detergent.
- Baking soda.
- Cleaning cloths.
Wash the bedding
I don’t need to mention it specifically, but you should wash your bedding at least twice a month. I would recommend once a week, but as some people have busy schedules and don’t have time, twice a month is fine. Wash your bedding in hot water to get rid of any dust mites. Most fabrics are suitable for hot washing, but you may want to check the label first.
Use your vacuum with the upholstery attachment and use it to clean the entire mattress. Pay attention to hard-to-reach areas as a lot of dust can hide there.
Take a closer look at your mattress; you will be shocked at how many stains it has. This means it’s time to remove stains; don’t put water or detergent directly on your mattress. You need to assess the stains on your mattress to know what type of cleaner to use. For example, you might have a biological stain that can be removed with an enzyme cleaner, or if you have a bloodstain, you can remove it with a dishwasher and salt.
Remember not to apply the solution directly to your mattress, but first to a clean white cloth and then to the stain. Then you can dampen another cloth with cold water and continue working on that spot. Repeat this process for all stains on the mattress. You should try to limit the amount of moisture and detergent you use on your mattress.
Sun or baking soda
Some mattresses contain sweat, vomit, urine, or other disgusting things that I don’t want to mention. Did you know that it is helpful to put the mattress in the sun once in a while to kill bacteria and get rid of the bad smell? It is recommended to put the mattress in the sun for at least four hours.
If you can’t put your mattress in the sun, baking soda is your best friend here. Before leaving for work in the morning or before an overnight trip, sprinkle baking soda all over the mattress, but let in light absorb moisture and odor.
I know I’ve mentioned vacuuming before, but you need to do it twice. Once the baking soda has done its job, you should vacuum it up.
Don’t forget to turn the mattress over and repeat the same process on the other side, even if you don’t sleep on that side. Turning the mattress every three months is recommended to prevent the mattress from weakening on one side.
If you clean a mattress from time to time, it will last longer. The normal life expectancy of a mattress is at least eight years, after which it is recommended to change the mattress as a bad mattress can lead to physical pain. Let us know in the comments when you last cleaned your mattress.