How Do I Clean My Mattress?
Most people spend about a third of their lives on their mattress. When was the last time you gave yours a proper, deep cleaning? Clean things make you feel good, and besides helping you enjoy a more pleasant and productive night’s sleep, a clean, cared-for mattress can actually last longer—and might even help prevent naughty, nasty pest infestations.
Cleaning your mattress twice a year is a good rule of thumb. It’s also worth checking the mattress label for instructions since the manufacturer might recommend rotating the mattress head to foot to ensure even wear.)
Strip your mattress of all sheets and bedding and launder them.
Next, vacuum the whole mattress surface using the upholstery attachment on your vacuum cleaner. Give special attention to seams and crevices, where dirt, dust, dead skin, and other icky nasties collect; you may want to switch to your vacuum’s crevice attachment to help you suck out the deeply entrenched nasties.
After vacuuming, check for stains and spot treat them with an appropriate cleaner (check your mattress label or manufacturer’s website for their suggestions). An upholstery cleaner or enzyme-based pet-odor remover usually effectively removes most bodily fluids. A simple solution of 1 teaspoon mild dish detergent and 1 cup of warm water also works wonders.
Next, deodorize the mattress by sprinkling baking soda over the entire surface. Especially if this is your first cleaning, don’t be afraid to empty an entire 1-pound box onto the mattress. Baking soda is truly a miracle product! You’ll get the best results if you leave the baking soda in place for 24 hours, so you might want to plan the project around an overnight trip, or spend a night in your guest room. The UV light from the sun is also a natural sanitizer, so if you can place the mattress near a window, so much the better.
After the baking soda has done its thing, go back over the mattress with your vacuum’s upholstery attachment. If you don’t already own a mattress cover, we now would be the perfect time to invest in one. And adding a mattress pad between the cover and bottom sheet will help absorb moisture. The mattress pad and cover will give your mattress extra layers of protection to help prevent mites, fleas, and other pests from moving in.
If the above seems like a lot of hard work, give the Utah experts at Stone Surface Specialists a call. We’ve been cleaning everything that stands still long enough in homes for decades, and can easily take care of your mattress with your regular carpet cleaning. Give us a call today at 801 856 0164 to schedule your FREE consultation.