Learning how to clean a mattress is super simple with these easy steps! Find out how to clean pee and other common stains from a mattress in this post. By keeping your mattress clean your mattress will last longer and keep the allergens down.
How to clean a mattress at home
How many times have you cleaned things in your bedroom? More than likely, your sheets, pillowcases, duvet or comforter…those are all things on your cleaning list. But, have you ever thought about cleaning your mattress? Yes, you read that right! Along with cleaning everything else in your bedroom, you should be cleaning your mattress. It’s not something that needs to be done a ton, but it still needs to be done. Before you think I’m completely crazy, ready on and see how easy it actually is to do.
Why Do You Need to Clean Your Mattress?
Your mattress is used daily. Even with sheets and blankets on it, the mattress still collects dust and dead skin cells. (gross, right?!) Not only does it collect these things but, cleaning your mattress will make it last longer. They say that in a lifetime, your mattress gains several pounds just from dust and body skin cells….talk about a reason to keep your mattress clean!
Don’t Flip It, Spin It
Most new mattresses now have set tops and bottoms even if they aren’t pillow tops. This means that flipping the mattress isn’t something that should be done. However, rotating your mattress from head to foot may be recommended by the manufacturer. While this doesn’t clean it, it can help it have a longer life of staying fresh.
How often should you clean your mattress
Although flipping the mattress isn’t really recommended anymore, it is still a good idea to clean your mattress at least twice a year. (or more if something spills on it)
Other things to clean in your home:
- How to clean your microfiber couch
- How to clean a phone case easily at home
- What to clean each day to stay ahead
Supplies you to need to clean a mattress
Truth be told, there aren’t a ton of supplies that you need to clean your mattress. Read below to get supplies needed and a few more tips on the easy process of cleaning your mattress.
Steps to take to clean a mattress
The first step is to remove the bedding (and mattress pad if applicable) from the mattress and place it in the wash.
This step is optional. If you have a garment steamer you can use it on your mattress. Run the steamer over the top of the mattress before you vacuum. This will help kill any dust mites that may be near the surface of the mattress. If it gets wet, you need to let it dry out completely as well.
If your vacuum came with an upholstery attachment it is best to use that. If your vacuum didn’t come with an upholstery attachment do your best with what it did come with. The goal is to remove any dust and debris on top of the mattress. Pay close attention to any of the nooks and crevices of the mattress. Don’t forget the sides as well. Take your time and get all the nooks and crannies.
Spot treat any stains using a mild dish detergent and water mix or a commercial upholstery cleaner.
How to clean a mattress with baking soda
Sprinkle baking soda over the entire mattress to help remove any possible odors. You can use a bristle brush to rub the baking soda in. For best results leave the baking soda sit for 24 hours. If this isn’t possible, let it sit as long as you can (a few hours at least).
After the baking soda sits, vacuum it up. Depending on how much baking soda you used this may take a couple of passes.
How to clean pee off a mattress
Follow these steps to clean pee off a mattress:
- Spray the mattress liberally with white vinegar. Allow the vinegar to sit for 5-10 minutes.
- Soak up the vinegar using rags or paper towels. Press several layers of paper towels into the mattress for this step.
- Sprinkle baking soda all over the mattress. Allow the baking soda to sit for several hours; the longer the better.
- Vacuum up the baking soda from the mattress. Make sure you get into any crevices a few times.
Tips about why it’s important to clean a mattress
Some manufacturers recommend that mattresses are rotated head to foot to allow for even wear. Whenever you clean your mattress would be the best time to rotate it.
Using a mattress pad under your fitted sheet will help to keep the moisture off of your mattress plus it will help to keeps mites and fleas out of your mattress.
After sprinkling the baking soda on your mattress if you can expose it to sunlight, it will help increase the sanitization of the mattress.
Cleaning your mattress is easy and it can be done pretty quickly. Cleaning not only helps with keeping the buildup of skin cells and dirt down but, it also helps to keep you healthier. Not only will you be healthier if your mattress is clean but, you will also sleep better. So, take the time to clean your mattress every six months and the benefits will pay off. (plus, sleeping on a clean mattress is great!)