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What are the best ways to clean a mattress?
Aug. 29, 2023

Cleaning a mattress is essential for maintaining a healthy sleep environment and extending its lifespan. Here are some effective methods for cleaning a mattress:

  1. Vacuuming: Regularly vacuum your mattress using the upholstery attachment to remove dust, dirt, and debris. Pay special attention to seams, crevices, and corners. (Comical really, if you have debris in the seams of your mattress have you been sleeping outside?)

  2. Spot Cleaning: If you have stains on your mattress, use a mild detergent or upholstery cleaner mixed with water. Make sure to test the cleaner on a small, hidden area first to ensure it doesn't damage the fabric. Blot the stain gently with a clean cloth, working from the outside in to prevent spreading. (These work but test first)

  3. Deodorizing: To remove odors, sprinkle baking soda over the entire surface of the mattress. Let it sit for at least 15 minutes (longer for more stubborn odors) to absorb smells. Then, vacuum the baking soda using the upholstery attachment. (This might work but it's better to buy a waterproof mattress cover)

  4. Steam Cleaning: If your mattress manufacturer permits, you can use a handheld steam cleaner to sanitize and refresh the mattress. This can help eliminate dust mites and allergens. Make sure to follow the manufacturer's instructions and allow the mattress to dry thoroughly before putting bedding back on. (It might work but be careful with this one. Using a mattress proteins a way better idea)

  5. Sunlight Exposure: On a sunny day, consider placing your mattress in direct sunlight for a few hours. Sunlight can help kill bacteria and dust mites. However, be cautious not to leave the mattress out for too long, as prolonged exposure to sunlight can damage the fabric. (This is an impractical idea)

  6. Mattress Protectors: Using a mattress protector can prevent spills, stains, and dust from accumulating on the mattress. Wash the protector regularly according to the manufacturer's instructions. (The best solution that should mean you'll never have to clean your mattress)

  7. Professional Cleaning: If your mattress is heavily soiled or has persistent odors, you might consider hiring a professional mattress cleaning service. They have specialized equipment and cleaning solutions to effectively clean and sanitize your mattress. ( the best solution if you made the mistake of never using a mattress protector)

Remember to always follow the manufacturer's recommendations for cleaning your specific mattress type, as some materials and constructions might have specific care instructions. Additionally, avoid over-wetting your mattress, as excessive moisture can lead to mold and mildew growth.

Regular maintenance, including vacuuming, spot cleaning, and using a mattress protector, can go a long way in keeping your mattress clean and comfortable for a good night's sleep.