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How To Clean Your Mattress

How To Clean Your Mattress

Clean your mattress at home, read more below our tips and advices.

There’s nothing better than retiring to the bedroom at night and getting into a clean, fresh bed. However, are you aware that just regularly washing your bedding probably isn’t enough to keep things at their best?  As humans, we spend huge portions of our lives in bed, and as we naturally sweat, shed skin and go through lots of other quite disgusting (yet normal!) biological process, a lot of these waste products can end up in our mattresses. Bacteria and pests such as dust mites love feeding on this, and over time it can lead to a not so healthy environment while you’re trying to get your eight hours. Anyone with allergies and respiratory problems will particularly suffer, but even if this doesn’t apply to you, a clean and fresh bed gives you peace of mind and makes for a more pleasant sleeping environment. Even with mattress protectors and other kinds of sheets and covers, this residue can get through to the mattress pad, and so regularly cleaning your mattress is something that everyone should be doing. Here are some tips for going about it.

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How do you vacuum a mattress?

Did you know that most vacuum cleaners have an attachment specifically for mattresses? If you’ve never used yours then it’s time to put it to some good use. If yours doesn’t have one, see if you can buy one either from the official supplier of your hoover or from a third party seller- ebay is great for these kinds of things or you may be able to get a generic one. Take your time, doing long passes over the mattress back and forth making sure that the vacuum is making really good contact with the bed. If you empty the vacuum before you start, by the time you’re finished you’ll be able to see exactly how much dust and how many nasty bits and pieces you’ve managed to pull out of it.

How often should you clean your mattress?

You don’t need to be hoovering your mattress and clean it every time you clean your room or wash your bedding. Instead, aim for once every season. When you’re doing a deep clean of the home to get ready for the season ahead, put cleaning your mattress on your list of things to do. In the mean time, help to keep your mattress clean by using a mattress protector, regularly washing your bedding and ideally not having pets, food or drink in the bed with you. Turning your mattress every few weeks will help it to wear evenly and also to keep the airflow through it as well which will prolong the life of it and ensure it stays a pleasant place to sleep.

How to remove tea stains from a mattress?

Speaking of food and drink, if you do regularly eat and drink in bed there’s a good chance you’ll end up having an accident eventually. Drinks like tea are a problem as they’ll go straight through your sheets and mark your mattress. It might not affect the performance of the mattress, but having to look at brown stains every time you change your bedding isnt ideal! Old stains are notoriously difficult to remove, in many cases impossible- here’s what you need to do:

Act Fast

Clean up the stain as soon as you can, preferably immediately. You have a much better chance of it coming out in comparison to a stain which has dried on.

Don’t use too much liquid

Don’t flood your mattress trying to get the stain out since this can cause issues of its own. It can be tricky to dry a mattress, and any moisture left behind can cause mould and smells. So be careful here.

Go easy on chemicals

If you’re working on the stain right away, you won’t need harsh chemicals (which could damage the fabric of your mattress). Instead, use a mixture of diluted washing up liquid in water, gently sponge the stain until it lifts the fibres.

Consider a waterproof mattress protector

If your mattress is new but you’re not about to give up on your love of eating breakfast in bed then consider using a waterproof mattress protector. These days, they’re not super crinkly sounding and have a soft top layer with a waterproof base which sit under your bedsheet. Any pet, child or drink spilling accidents won’t affect your mattress, and seeing as a good one costs a few hundred pounds it’s an easy way to protect your investment.

How do you deep clean a mattress?

How to deep clean your mattress?

Want to give your mattress a really thorough cleaning? Here’s how you can go about it.

Remove all bed linen, mattress protectors and pillows

While they’re off, put them in a hot wash to kill any bacteria and dust mites. If your pillows and duvet are clearly in need of replacing then consider doing this, since they’re not able to be washed and hold on to a lot of waste products and nasties.

Remove all bed linen, mattress protectors and pillows

While they’re off, put them in a hot wash to kill any bacteria and dust mites. If your pillows and duvet are clearly in need of replacing then consider doing this, since they’re not able to be washed and hold on to a lot of waste products and nasties.

Vacuum the mattress with a clean attachment

The attachment should be clean, so wash it with soapy water and carefully dried. If it’s been all over the floor it would have picked up all kinds of bacteria which you dont want to be transferring to the place you sleep!

Sprinkle baking soda on the mattress and let it sit for 30 minutes

Baking soda is a great deodoriser, and it’s cheap. Sprinkling this on will help to absorb any smells which can be caused by things like sweat or pests, without damaging your mattress or risking any irritation to your skin. While you can get things like carpet deodorisers which would do a similar thing, they’re chock full of chemicals and strong perfumes so not the best choice for your mattress.

Vacuum the mattress once again

Finally, vacuum up the baking powder. Again, spend your time here ensuring all of the powder is up. It will take with it any musty smells, leaving you with a fresh and clean mattress. It will also allow you to ensure as many dust mites and their waste, hair, dead skin and everything else is removed.

If your mattress is soiled more heavily but is still in good enough condition to save, it can be worth contacting a professional cleaning company like this cleaning company in Brighton who will have the tools and expertise to be able to give it a really good deep clean. It also worth doing this if you’ve purchased a second hand mattress.

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