DIY Mattress Maintenance

Man picking up mattress

We spend a big part of our day in bed. Somewhere around 8 hours, some more, some less. What a lot of us forget to do is clean our mattresses regularly. While we sleep dead skin cells, dust, and other dirt builds up. In the end, we are left with inhaling dust that is bad for our health.

Most of us would go directly to a professional cleaning service and let them deal with this problem, however you can just do it yourself at home. Most of the time it’s going to do the work adequately enough. The way to do it is by constantly maintaining your mattress on a certain level of cleanliness after a professional has come and cleaned it for you.

Why it’s important to clean your mattress

Mattress Vacuuming

An old dirty and dusty mattress can gather all types of harmful bacteria and mould. Most of the time we don’t think about it. Because it’s out of sight we don’t realise that E coli loves to hide in our mattresses and it can be lurking in yours too. In fact, it’s estimated that our beds can hide and breed up to 200,000 different bacteria. That’s more than what you get on your toilet!

These are some of the bacteria that might be lurking and potentially endangering your health:

  • MRSA Super bug
  • Campylobacter
  • Fungi and mold
  • Norovirus

How to Clean Your Mattress

Man transforming a mattress.

By now you should have known that it’s important to clean your mattress and to keep it clean. Here are some of the best working methods to do it:

Make a Mattress Cleaning Powder

Probably one of the best ways to sanitise your mattress is by creating a cleaning powder. It’s super easy and takes almost no time.
What you’ll need is:

  • 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.

Applying the powder

Remove the bed sheets and give them a wash. If you want to have a clean mattress it’s really important that you regularly wash your bed sheets. A lot of the dirt that will end up in your bed, has to pass through the sheets first.

Use the jar with the shaker lid to spread the mattress cleaning powder over the whole surface. It’s important to give it enough time to work, so make sure to let it sit and do its job for 1 or 2 hours. After enough time has passed, go and grab your vacuum cleaner. Put it on the strongest setting and start vacuuming slowly. Choose a starting point and begin vacuuming the top of your mattress steadily, making sure you suck up the powder thoroughly.  

How to Remove Pee Stains from a Mattress

If you are not a parent with toddlers then the probability of you having to clean this type of stain is really low. However, you never know when life might serve this opportunity to you, so we decided to include a guide for it.
Urine stains are quite hard to clean and here is a helpful DIY trick:

  • Baking soda
  • Vinegar
  • Paper towels
  • Spray bottle

Grab the spray bottle with vinegar and spray the stains. It’s important that you put just enough and don’t go overboard. Make sure the area is reasonably damp but not soaking wet. After that let it sit for five to ten minutes. This is the optimal time for the vinegar to do its magic.

After the time has passed put a lot of paper 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

For those that love to snack in bed spill stains is probably not a rare occurrence. However, you should act fast when you spill something on it.

When a spill happens make sure you immediately remove all the bedding and wash it. If you have stained the mattress then you can give it a good wash and scrub with upholstery shampoo. If you don’t have one at hand you can make a DIY version of it by diluting dishwashing soap with warm water. Give the stained area a good scrub and wipe it with a cloth rinsed in warm water. It’s important to let the area dry thoroughly before putting bedding on. If you put it on while there’s still moisture, there’s risk of mould developing.

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 you 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.

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