The Best Way to Clean a Mattress: A Step-by-Step Guide

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Have you ever stared at your mattress in the early morning light, horrified by those pesky stains that seem to have accumulated overnight? From our midnight coffee spills to the silent, invisible skin flakes and the more unsavoury sweat stains – no mattress is immune. 

But don’t panic! 

Smith Clean is here to tell you that cleaning your mattress doesn’t need to be a dreaded task haunting your weekends. Join us as we dive into a step-by-step guide on how to transform your tired looking mattress into a pristine haven of comfort. 

Essential Tools for Mattress Cleaning

In order to effectively clean your mattress, it is important to have the right tools at hand. Here are some essential items you will need for mattress cleaning:

1) Vacuum cleaner with upholstery attachment: The first tool you’ll need is a vacuum cleaner equipped with an upholstery attachment. This is necessary to remove all loose dust and debris from the surface and inside of the mattress.

2) Enzyme-based cleaners: To remove stains and odours, you should keep an enzyme-based cleaner specifically designed for mattresses. These cleaners contain natural enzymes that break down organic compounds like sweat, urine, and blood stains without harming your mattress fabric.

3) Baking soda: This common household ingredient is excellent for odour removal and can be used in combination with an enzyme cleaner.

4) Clean, soft cloths/sponges: You should keep several clean, soft cloths or sponges on hand for spot-cleaning stains without harming the fabric of your mattress.

For instance, if you have pets that like to sleep on the bed with you, they may leave behind hair and dander that gets embedded in the mattress fabric. Using a soft cloth or sponge that doesn’t harm the fibres of your mattress will help ensure that you get cleaning done without causing any additional wear or damage.

5) Cold water: As a general rule, cold water should be used for cleaning mattresses as hot water can cause shrinkage or damage to the fabric of your mattress.

6) Stain removers: You might not always have an enzymatic cleaner at home when a stain occurs. In these cases, it’s good to have more traditional stain removers handy. In most cases where regular detergent doesn’t cut it alone, a mix of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide will work wonders in removing stains.

It’s also important to use gentle bleach-free and unscented products that won’t damage the fabric of your mattress. Even though a product might be suitable for carpets, it should not always be used on a mattress. A cleaning product that is too harsh will wear your mattress much more quickly and could cause the fibres to break down prematurely. This is why it’s crucial to use only mild cleaning agents.

With these tools, you’ll have everything you need to successfully clean your mattress, starting with vacuuming.

Vacuuming to Eliminate Dust and Debris

The first step in mattress cleaning is to remove any loose dust and debris from both sides of the mattress, using your vacuum cleaner with an upholstery attachment.

It’s essential that you not forget about the sides of the mattress when performing this step. Not only can dirt and dust collect on top of the sides, but there are also seams where bits of debris may gather over time.

For example, if a mattress is left uncovered even for a few days without proper maintenance, it collects dust considerably and becomes an ideal home for various mites and allergens. Vacuuming prevents such buildups by taking away all loose particles.

When vacuuming, try to pay extra attention to areas where deep indentations are apparent on your bed. These indentations most likely have trapped dust mites, dead skin cells and other debris which can worsen allergies if not taken care of properly.

Some may argue that one should not vacuum things which they cannot see. However, what isn’t visible can also harm our health. It’s best to take preventative measures rather than wait for things to become worse before addressing them. This includes taking good care of your bed so as to prevent any potential health issues in the future.

After vacuuming one side of the bed thoroughly, flip it over and repeat the process on the other side.

Once you’ve finished vacuuming both sides of your mattress, you’re ready to move on to the next step – using baking soda for odour removal.

The Role of Baking Soda in Odour Removal

Have you ever woken up to a less-than-desirable smell coming from your mattress? Whether it’s due to sweat, pets or accidental spills, unpleasant odours on your mattress can be a nuisance and affect the quality of your sleep. While there are many commercial products out there that claim to eliminate odours, baking soda remains one of the most effective and natural solutions for odour removal from a mattress.

Let’s say you spilled coffee on your mattress while getting ready for work. After quickly blotting up as much liquid as possible, you might think that opening a window will do the trick, but unfortunately, that’s not enough. The aroma of coffee can linger in the fibres of your mattress even after it has dried on the surface. This is where baking soda comes in handy.

Baking soda is an alkaline substance that can neutralise acidic smells like those from coffee spills. It also absorbs excess moisture which can cause mould and mildew growth and lead to musty smells over time. By sprinkling baking soda over the entire top of your mattress and allowing it to sit for several hours before vacuuming it up with a clean upholstery attachment, you can effectively remove unwanted odours without using any harmful chemicals.

Think of baking soda as a sponge for odour molecules and moisture within your mattress. Just like how a sponge soaks up water from spills on your kitchen countertop, baking soda soaks up odours from your mattress. When you sprinkle it over the surface, it penetrates deep into the fibres and works to absorb moisture and neutralise unpleasant smells.

Now that we’ve covered how baking soda can help eliminate odours on your mattress let’s move on to tackling stains.

Dealing with Mattress Stains

Accidents happen, and sometimes they occur on your mattress. Mattress stains can come from a variety of sources such as blood, urine, sweat, or even food and drink spills. Left untreated, stains can set into the fibres of your mattress and become harder to remove over time. Fortunately, there are several effective ways to remove mattress stains depending on the type of stain you are dealing with.

Let’s say your pet had an accident on your bed. You’ll want to first blot up as much of the liquid and solid material as possible using clean towels or paper towels. Then, mix a solution of equal parts water and white vinegar in a spray bottle. Spray the solution directly onto the stained area and allow it to sit for several minutes. Use a clean cloth to blot up the solution until no more liquid comes up. Then sprinkle baking soda liberally over the affected area, let it sit for 15-20 minutes before vacuuming it up.

Although this method works well for organic stains like those from pets or bodily fluids, non-biological stains require different approaches. For instance, ink or oil-based stains require stronger solvents than those used on biological stains.

While some people may opt for harsh chemicals to deal with tough-to-remove stains on their mattresses, we advise against it. Harsh chemicals can not only damage the fibres of your mattress but also be harmful if accidentally ingested or inhaled while you sleep. Instead, try using natural remedies like lemon juice or hydrogen peroxide mixed with baking soda to create a gentle yet effective cleaning solution for tough stains.

Overall, keeping your mattress clean is essential to prolong its lifespan and keep you healthy while sleeping. With baking soda acting as an odour eliminator and various natural remedies for stain removal, you can ensure that your mattress stays fresh and hygienic for years to come.

Enzyme-based Cleaners for Biological Stains

In conclusion, implementing the steps mentioned in this guide will help you maintain a clean, fresh-smelling mattress. By regularly using baking soda to eliminate odours and handling stains with natural remedies, you can prolong your mattress’s longevity and protect yourself from allergens and bacteria. Remember to always check the care instructions on your mattress before cleaning to avoid damaging the fibres. Finally, consider investing in a good-quality mattress protector to keep your mattress cleaner for longer periods.

Handling Non-Biological Stains

Biological stains such as blood, urine, and sweat can be particularly challenging to remove from a mattress. These types of stains often contain proteins that can cause permanent discoloration if not handled properly. While there are many DIY solutions for dealing with biological stains, enzyme-based cleaners are considered the most effective.

Enzymes are naturally occurring proteins that break down other proteins, making them ideal for cleaning up after biological messes. When applied to a stain, enzymatic cleaners work by breaking down the protein molecules that create it and essentially digesting them. As the enzymes digest the proteins, the stain is lifted away from the mattress surface.

One of the most effective enzyme-based cleaners on the market is called Nature’s Miracle. Many pet owners are familiar with this product because it is commonly used to clean up pet messes. However, it also works well on biological stains from humans. Simply saturate the stained area with the cleaner, let it sit for 10-15 minutes, then blot with a clean cloth until the stain lifts away.

Another option for enzyme-based cleaners is to make your own DIY solution using natural ingredients like baking soda and vinegar. Mix two parts water with one part hydrogen peroxide in a spray bottle, then add a teaspoon of dish soap and a tablespoon of baking soda. Shake well and spray directly onto the stained area. Let it sit for 15 minutes before blotting with a clean cloth until the stain lifts away.

While some people swear by other cleaning solutions like vinegar or bleach, it’s important to avoid these harsh chemicals when cleaning mattresses. Vinegar can damage mattress fabrics over time, while bleach can discolour or even dissolve certain materials. Enzyme-based cleaners provide an effective alternative without causing damage to your mattress.

When using enzyme-based cleaners, it’s important to keep in mind that they need time to work properly. It’s tempting to immediately begin blotting or scrubbing a stain, but doing so can actually lock the stain into the mattress fabric. Instead, always be patient and allow the enzymes enough time to break down the stain before attempting to remove it.

Some people may worry about the cost of enzyme-based cleaners compared to other cleaning solutions. While it’s true that some brands can be expensive, there are affordable options available as well. As mentioned earlier, DIY solutions using natural ingredients like hydrogen peroxide and baking soda can be just as effective and much more budget-friendly.

Think of enzyme-based cleaners as tiny Pac-Men that gobble up proteins on your mattress surface. Instead of trying to cover up a biological stain with an air freshener or using harsh chemicals that may damage your mattress, let these hungry enzymes do the work for you.

Now that we’ve covered how to deal with biological stains, let’s move on to handling non-biological stains on your mattress.

Health Benefits of a Clean Mattress

Not all stains on your mattress come from bodily fluids. You may also encounter stains from food spills, drinks, or even makeup. These types of stains require a slightly different approach than biological stains, but they can still be effectively removed with the right tools and techniques.

The first step when dealing with non-biological stains is to identify the type of stain you’re dealing with. Common types of non-biological stains include oil-based stains like cooking oils or makeup, dye-based stains like ink or juice, and tannin-based stains like coffee or tea.

Once you’ve identified the type of stain, it’s important to avoid using hot water or steam when cleaning. Heat can set many types of non-biological stains into your mattress fabric permanently.

For oily or greasy stains, a mixture of baking soda and cornstarch can help absorb the excess oil before applying a cleaning solution. Mix equal parts of baking soda and cornstarch, sprinkle onto the stain, and let sit for 15-20 minutes. Then vacuum up the mixture with an upholstery attachment before tackling the stain with a more aggressive cleaner.

For dye-based stains like ink or juice, rubbing alcohol can be an effective solution. Wet a clean cloth with rubbing alcohol and gently dab at the stained area until it begins to lift away.

When dealing with tannin-based stains like coffee or tea, vinegar is often recommended as a natural solution. However, as mentioned earlier, vinegar can be damaging to your mattress fabric over time. Instead, try making a DIY cleaning solution using dish soap and cold water. Mix one tablespoon of dish soap with two cups of cold water in a spray bottle. Spray directly onto the stained area and blot with a clean cloth until the stain lifts away.

While there are many DIY solutions available for non-biological stains, it’s important to remember that not all stains are created equal. Some may require specialised cleaners or professional guidance to remove completely. If you’re unsure about how to tackle a specific non-biological stain on your mattress, don’t hesitate to seek out advice from professionals in the field.

Non-biological stains are like puzzle pieces – you need to identify the right piece before you can complete the picture. Take your time and don’t rush into applying aggressive cleaning solutions that could damage your mattress.

Now that you know how to handle both biological and non-biological stains on your mattress, let’s talk about why regular cleaning is so important for both the lifespan of your mattress and your personal health.

Prolonging Mattress Cleanliness

A clean mattress can have several positive effects on your health and well-being. Firstly, regular cleaning removes dust mites and other allergens that may cause skin irritation, respiratory problems, and allergies. Mattresses are a breeding ground for microscopic organisms that thrive in warm and moist environments, such as human sweat. Dust mites alone live off the dead skin cells we shed every night, while microbes from body oils, urine, faecal matter, and food particles can also contribute to an unhealthy sleeping environment. Simply put, failing to clean your mattress could result in long-term exposure to irritants that trigger asthma or other allergic reactions.

Secondly, keeping your mattress clean can also improve your sleep quality. Studies show that people who sleep on fresh sheets report better sleep than those who don’t. This is because a dirty mattress not only harms your health but also affects your comfort level. Just as we feel more relaxed after taking a shower or changing into clean clothes, sleeping on a hygienic mattress free of dirt and stains can help you fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer.

Thirdly, a clean mattress also supports good mental health by reducing stress levels. A recent survey by the National Sleep Foundation found that 73% of people report feeling more stressed when their bedroom is cluttered or messy. Clutter causes anxiety and reduces feelings of control over personal space. By contrast, sleeping in a clean environment fosters positive emotions such as relaxation and calmness.

For instance, imagine coming home from a long day at work to find dirty laundry piled up all over the floor or dishes piled high in the sink – it creates an instant sense of chaos that can be overwhelming. The same applies to our beds – if we’re constantly faced with stains and dirt every time we go to bed at night, subconsciously, we associate our bed with feelings of stress instead of relaxation.

Moreover, regularly cleaning your mattress can help prevent the spread of infectious diseases. Germs are a common occurrence in any household, but it’s especially crucial to keep bed linens and mattresses clean because we spend roughly one-third of our lives sleeping on them. A recent study by the American Society for Microbiology found that unwashed sheets can contain up to 10 million bacterial colonies per square inch! That’s why it’s essential to wash your bedding regularly and vacuum the mattress at least once every few months.

On the other hand, some people may argue that a clean mattress isn’t worth the effort since it quickly becomes dirty again anyway. However, while it’s true that no cleaning method guarantees that your bed will stay pristine forever, taking care of your mattress is still well worth it for the benefits outlined above. Plus, if you invest in high-quality bedding and a good mattress protector, you can significantly extend the life of your mattress.

The Importance of a Mattress Protector

To prolong the cleanliness of your mattress, some basic maintenance is necessary. Here are some tips to ensure that your bed stays as clean as possible:

Firstly, use a top-quality mattress protector. Investing in a good quality waterproof or moisture-wicking protector will protect your expensive mattress from spills, stains, dust mites, bed bugs, and allergens that can contribute to respiratory problems or allergies.

Secondly, avoid eating or drinking in bed. Aside from spilling crumbs or liquid onto your mattress – which can result in stubborn stains – snacking in bed also attracts pests such as cockroaches or ants.

Thirdly, flip and rotate your mattress regularly. By rotating your mattress every three months, you’ll ensure that body impressions are distributed evenly over time and that springs maintain their shape.

Fourthly, never leave cleaning product residue on your mattress. Always blot a stain as soon as it happens, rather than letting a product dry out after using it. Any remaining chemicals can serve as a meal for dust mites or cause the mattress to break down faster.

Lastly, vacuum your mattress regularly. Use the upholstery attachment of your vacuum cleaner on both sides and all around the edges to suck up dust mites, pet hair, dead skin cells, and other debris.

By following these simple steps and investing in a good-quality mattress protector, you can greatly extend the lifespan of your bed and enjoy clean, comfortable sleep every night.

Think of it like regularly servicing your car – by performing routine oil changes, tyre rotations, and regular maintenance checks, you ensure that your car runs smoothly and lasts longer. Similarly, by taking care of your mattress with consistent cleaning and maintenance practises, you’ll save money in the long run and support better health outcomes.

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