You use your mattress every night to sleep on, and probably even more than that for lounging and napping. But when is the last time you actually cleaned your mattress? Cleaning your mattress twice a year can make it last longer, allow for a better night’s sleep, and prevent yucky infestations. Continue reading to see how to do this very important chore in just a few easy steps!
The first step, of course, is stripping the bed and putting your sheets through the wash on a hot cycle. You want to have just a bare mattress to work with.
Check the surface for stains. You can spot treat stains with whatever the recommended cleaner is for the specific material of your mattress. A general upholstery cleaner should also do the trick, or you can use dish detergent with warm water to clean the area. It is more important for the mattress to be clean, as it is rarely seen, so it is okay if a stain simply won’t budge.
Next, set up your vacuum with the upholstery setting and vacuum the entire surface of your mattress. Make sure to get the sides as well. Pay close attention and go slow enough that you’re picking up the dust, dead skin, and dirt that lay on and just beneath the surface. Use the crevice attachment if you need to get into any small cracks or indentations.
Now that it is vacuumed, grab a box of baking soda and shake it all over the top of the mattress. Use as much as you want, but make sure there is a coating of it all across the surface. This will deodorize and freshen the mattress, and it will also help to kill allergens. The longer you let the baking soda sit, the more effective this step will be. If you are able to make other sleeping arrangements, letting it sit for a full 24 hours is ideal. If not, plan on doing this in the morning so the baking soda can soak for as long as possible.
Vacuum the surface again, this time getting all of the baking soda off.
Adding a mattress pad or mattress cover can help absorb moisture and the extra layer keeps your mattress clean for longer periods of time. Don’t forget to put those clean sheets back on your bed.
The final step? Get a great night’s sleep!
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