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We spend around eight hours a day laying on our mattresses. While sleep is important, a dirty mattress can become a health hazard easily. That’s why it’s important to clean our mattresses regularly.
It’s best to clean your mattress at least twice a year by yourself, and at least one professional mattress cleaning just to make sure any set in dust and dirt is properly clean. Still, DIY mattress cleaning is more like maintenance – keeping it smelling fresh and as dust-free as possible.
The Importance of Regularly Cleaning Your Mattress
It’s important to clean your mattress thoroughly at least once a year. With time dust, bacteria, grime and dirt will get deep under the surface of the mattress and they may become dangerous to you and your family.
Depending on the climate you live in, your mattress can host up to 200,000 different bacteria. Some of the most commonly found microorganisms are fungi and mould, but many mattresses also host the MRSA superbug, Campylobacter and the Norovirus.
A simple DIY maintenance after the winter and summer months would be sufficient to keep the bacteria inside the bed to a minimum. Hiring a professional (ideally during or after the summer months) to clean your mattress will ensure that you’re sleeping on a harmless mattress.
How To Clean Your Mattress
Getting down to business, cleaning a mattress can be a demanding task. Depending on the amount of contamination, you may have to put a bit of elbow grease.
If the mattress is new then it will be just a maintenance wash. So, let’s get on with the first step!
Make a Mattress Cleaning Powder
Making the cleaning powder is easy. As it consists of household items, it takes no time. In order to create the powder you’ll need:
- A Jar
- Shaker Lid
- A Cup of Baking Soda
- Half a Dozen Drops of Your Favourite Essential Oil
- A Vacuum Cleaner
Get the jar and put the ingredients in it. Close it tight and give it a good shake. Make sure everything is mixed up nice and go grab your shaker lid because it’s time to spray the mattress with the cleaning powder.
How to Apply the DIY Mattress Cleaning Powder
Strip the bed of all sheets. It’s the perfect time to use the time to give the linen a wash in the washing machine. Grab the jar with the mattress cleaning powder and spread the cleaning mixture on top of the bed.
As this is a DIY method of cleaning mattresses, we suggest that you leave the substance to sit for at least two hours, so that it can do its job.
If you think that’s not enough you can use a soft bristle brush and lightly scrub the top of the mattress. Make sure you do this gently, so you don’t harm the top of the mattress and the stitching.
After you’re done, grab your vacuum cleaner and put it its strongest sucking setting. Put the angled nozzle on and vacuum the powder off the mattress. Do it slowly and make sure that you are vacuuming as much powder as possible.
How to Remove Urine Stains from a Mattress
If you need to clean pee stains from your mattress, we’ve got you covered. Urine tends to stain mattresses, so we can’t promise it will completely get the stains out. What we are sure of is that it will fade them quite significantly, and it will remove any bad odours.
- Baking Soda
- Paper Towels
- Spray Bottle
Grab the spray bottle with the pee cleaning solution and spray on top of the urine stains. Make sure the area is reasonably damp but not soaking wet.Let it sit for five to ten minutes. This is the optimal time for the vinegar to do its magic.
After 10 minutes put towels on top of the vinegar and try to soak as much as you can. This will prepare the mattress for the next step.
The next step is identical to the method we showed you previously. Put baking soda(or your nice smelling mattress cleaning powder) on top of it and let sit for one to two hours. After that, just like above, vacuum everything away.
Spill Stains and How to Clean Them
Everyone deserves a snack in the bed once in a while. However, eating in bed sometimes leads to spilt liquids on the mattress.
We would suggest that you act fast and remove the bedding. If you are fast enough, this may be sufficient to retain the mattress clean.
If the mattress is stained we recommend that you use upholstery shampoo as soon as possible, and clean the stained area. If you don’t have an upholstery shampoo, you can substitute it with liquid soap and warm water.
Getting Your Mattress Cleaned by a Professional
No matter how thoroughly you scrub your mattress and how often you clean it, there is no better way to take care of your mattress than hiring a professional to do it.
They will clean it meticulously with specialised machines and methods. It’s the safest bet when you want a healthy sanitised mattress without sacrificing its longevity.
Having a clean mattress is of no small importance for your well being. All kinds of nasty bacteria can hide in it and this may only harm you and your family. Make sure you call a professional that will do it correctly at least twice a year. In-between these times you can do a DIY maintenance with the methods above.