Some people might think that mattresses only need to be cleaned when urine, blood, or other bodily fluids come in contact with them. However, you should regularly be cleaning your mattress. We sweat, shed dead skin cells, and salivate while sleeping. On top of that, allergens such as dust mites make their way into our mattresses.
If you want your mattress to last, make sure to clean it regularly. Keeping your mattress clean also benefits your overall health. Ideally, you’ll clean your mattress at least twice a year (though some people prefer to clean it once each season).
Ready to get rid of all those contaminants lurking within your mattress? Here are six tasks that you need to complete.
Wash Your Bedding
Yes, regularly washing your bedding is a must when it comes to keeping your mattress clean. Sheets and blankets are often the first items to come in contact with skin cells and bodily fluids. Dead skin will eventually build up on your bedding and settling down into your mattress. Linens that come directly in contact with your skin should be washed every two weeks. Blankets and comforters that aren’t in direct contact with your skin should be washed every two months. Washing bedding in cold water is sufficient unless you’ve recently been ill. If you’ve been ill, you should wash bedding in hot water to sanitize it.
Vacuum To Remove Allergens
Once you’ve removed your bedding, get out the vacuum! This will help remove any dander and dust mites that might be on the surface of your mattress. Most vacuums come with an upholstery attachment. Put this attachment on and then slowly go over the entire surface of the mattress. Once you’ve done one side, flip it over and vacuum the other side.
Treat Stains Accordingly
While you’re vacuuming your mattress, you might realize that there are stains on it. You are going to want to treat these stains before you put your bedding back onto your mattress. A simple solution of water and vinegar will lift most stains. Mix the solution in a spray bottle and then spray it onto your mattress. Do not saturate your mattress. Dampening the surface is sufficient. Afterward, blot the stain with a clean cloth. Repeat the process if needed.
Air Your Mattress Out
Airing out your mattress helps to further get rid of any germs and bacteria lurking within it. You’re going to want to do this on a pleasant day when the sun is shining. To air out a mattress, remove all bedding and pillows from the mattress. Open up the windows. This allows the air in your room to circulate and also allows the sun to sun directly on the mattress. Allow each side of the mattress to air out for about three to four hours. It is recommended to start airing out your mattress first thing in the morning so that it has enough time to air out before it starts getting dark. Depending on where you live, you can also opt to air out your mattress outside instead of in your room.
Get Rid Of Smells With Baking Soda
Usually, airing out your mattress will help get rid of any unusual smells. However, if you find that your mattress still smells funny after you’ve aired it out, you can try sprinkling baking soda over your mattress. Baking soda is known for absorbing and neutralizing odors and is safe to use on mattresses. Allow the baking soda to sit on the mattress for at least 30 minutes. Afterward, vacuum the mattress again. Baking soda will help freshen up your mattress and get rid of those stubborn smells.
Use A Mattress Cover And Pad
Finally, the best way to keep your mattress clean is to use a mattress cover and/or mattress pad on top of it. Mattress covers are usually made of cloth and add an extra layer of protection between you and your mattress. Mattress pads (such as the ones found on MyMattressPads.com) add a layer of protection and a layer of additional comfort. Covers and pads can easily be removed and washed — so if you ever spill something on your mattress, you don’t have to clean the entire mattress, only the cover.
Routine cleaning of your mattress keeps your bed smelling fresh, allowing you to sleep better at night and to stay healthy. Get in the habit of washing your bedding regularly and deep cleaning your mattress at least twice a year.