If you haven’t thought about mattress cleaning lately, think about this: how much stuff builds up in and on this soft surface where we spend so much time. You already know about dust mites and the dead skin cells they feast on, but many mattresses also contain sweat, blood, urine and other bodily fluids… along with mould and mildew growing on those very things. Unless you shower before bed every night, your mattress might also contain dirt, oils and trace chemicals from various toiletries, and even pollen. So you have to be somewhere that’s as clean as it could be.
There are two types of mattress cleaning.
First is deep mattress cleaning. This method should be applied every season. It includes few steps which make your mattress fresh and clean like new one.
1. Vacuum it – The easiest way to tackle dust is to use the upholstery tool on your vacuum cleaner to go over the top and sides of the mattress and as much of the box spring as you can access. Press firmly on the tool to draw out dust beneath the fabric’s surface. Then use the crevice tool to get into the quilting, along the edge welting, and where any pillow top is attached. If you have a garment steamer, go over the mattress with the steamer before you vacuum to help kill and remove dust mites lurking near the surface.
2. Get the Stains out – On your mattresses typically could have three types of stains: urine, blood, and “other bodily fluids”. For the best spots removing results, you have to treat the spot immediately. Using warm or even cold water and a proper detergent or dish soap. You have to know that the hot water will set this type of stains. So, you should clean them after they have set in.
- Blood stains – Apply a paste of 1/4 cup hydrogen peroxide mixed with 1 tbsp. each liquid dish soap and table salt to the mattress and blot it while it is bubbling. This may not remove all the stain, but will help to lessen it. Be sure to blot it with a clean, white, dry cloth. Dab at any remaining stain with a white rag dipped into hydrogen peroxide, rotating the rag as the stain lifts off.
- Urine stains and odor – Make a stain remover as mixing teaspoon of water, tablespoon of vinegar, a teaspoon of laundry detergent your choice or dishwasher detergent, 2 tablespoons of baking soda and about 1 drop of disinfecting cleaner in a mixing bow and sponge or blot the solution into the mattress. When done, wipe the surface with water. Apply a thin layer of baking soda on the mattress for several hours. (The more added, the better and if you can leave overnight, that’s ideal. Let the stain remover dry.) Vacuum up the baking soda when it has dried. Then apply a proprietary anti-odor product. When it is dry, it should be clean and smell odor-free.
- Other bodily fluids – Open the windows then, using a white rag, blot the stain with undiluted, unscented household ammonia. Do NOT drench your mattress! Wipe the area with a clean, damp cloth and sprinkle the spot with baking soda. Let this dry then vacuum the area thoroughly.
3. Kill odors – Sweat smells, although most of us don’t notice our own scent on our mattresses. Over time, though, our body odors can build up and lead to a funky aroma. To rid your mattress of rankness, sprinkle it with disinfecting spray. It’s safe to use on fabric and kills bacteria that causes odors.
After you already finished with the deep mattress cleaning, your mattress is clean and fresh. Next step is to keep it clean and fresh. Regular mattress cleaning is a good method. You have to apply this method once in a month if you want to prevent mould and mildew appearing. The regular mattress cleaning starts with vacuum the mattress, which helps to keep it clean by the sheer fact that when it does get wet, there is less matter in the dirt to cause it to stain. Try using an upholstery cleaner. Since they are made for surfaces that touch your skin (e.g. your couch), it should work unless you are extremely sensitive to cleaners in general. It also has the advantage of removing dust mites and their refuse. Using enzyme cleaners are effective in breaking down the ‘structure’ of the stains which helps to lessen them.
How to protect your mattress:
If you don’t have a mattress cover, now is a good time to pick one up. They are an important line of defence against future dirt and stains, and can be thrown into the washing machine on a regular basis.