You may replace the dirty sheet, but for the expensive mattress, so you want to make sure it lasts—and that means learning how to clean a mattress. Mattresses can harbor dust mites, dead skin, dirt, and other debris, which means they need to be cleaned regularly—particularly if you suffer from allergies, have pets, or are just an avid midnight snacker.
The good news is that cleaning a mattress is far easier than you might think. Read on to discover the nine simple steps that will help you keep your mattress clean and ready for years of snoozing. here are some pro tips for taking good care of your mattress so you can sleep easy.
1.Vacuum Your Mattress
Get your vacuum cleaner and attach the upholstery attachment. Start vacuuming from the top of the mattress, then work your way down, paying attention to the overlapping as well as narrow paths. Do the same thing on all sides of the mattress.
2.Clean Using Baking Soda
Another method of cleaning your mattress is by using baking soda. This multifaceted compound will easily remove stains and odors, essentially deodorizing the mattress.
In order to begin the stain removal process, sprinkle baking soda over the entirety of the mattress. Then, let the baking soda sit for, at minimum, an hour. The baking soda will then start to absorb excess liquids and odors.
Once you’ve let it do its job, vacuum up the baking soda. You’re another step closer to making your mattress cleaner.
As an alternative to an enzyme-based cleaner, you can make your own DIY solution by mixing dish soap with water and applying just the resulting foam to the stain. You can also make a DIY solution of equal parts cold water and hydrogen peroxide.
3.Sprinkle baking soda all over the entire mattress
If you can't put your mattress out in the sun and fresh air, baking soda is the next best thing. Sprinkle a layer over the entire top of the mattress and leave for several hours (or better yet, apply before an overnight trip). Baking soda will break down acid and absorb any remaining moisture or odor. The longer you can leave baking soda on the mattress, the better it will work! As the mattress sits with the baking soda, open any windows in the room to let the light and sunshine in. The sun's UV rays will actually help kill any mold or bacteria on the mattress.
Once the baking soda has worked its magic, thoroughly vacuum it up. (If you have a fabric headboard, now's a good time to vacuum that, as well! Might as well get a fresh start with everything bed-related.)
5. Flip the mattress
Now that side one is spotless, flip the mattress and repeat steps 1-5 so both sides are equally fresh and clean. Flipping, of course, should be done at regular intervals, whether you're deep cleaning the mattress or not. The conventional wisdom has been that people should flip their mattress every three months, but that rule of thumb only applies to spring mattresses because they compress over time. As mattresses get more specialized, your best bet is to check with the model manufacturer.
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