How to Clean a Mattress: An Easy Guide

We spend a of lot time on our mattresses whilst sleeping, in fact around a third of our lives. We sweat on them and shed a lot of dead skin cells during this time. Imagine how much sweating goes on summer nights! Dust mites also gather, which can cause allergies or lead to an increased reactions. Over time, if you do not clean it, you may notice stains and even bad odour on your mattress, which can make its way into your linen.

how to clean a mattress

Good news; cleaning your mattress is actually not a difficult job. We will give you some natural recipes and products you probably already have in your kitchen to effectively clean your mattress. Researches recommend cleaning your mattress twice a year.

When it comes to stains, they are best removed as quickly as possible. So if you happened to spill tea or coffee on your mattress, act immediately to remove it. The longer stains stay on your mattress, the harder it is to remove them. This is because they get absorbed deep into the fabric.

Here’s eMop’s tips on how to remove, dust, dead skin cells, sweat, stains and bad odours from your mattress…

Vacuum the mattress first

To remove solid particles such as dust, hair and debris, it is important to vacuum the mattress first. This will get rid of the first layer of dirt that you want to remove from your mattress. Make sure to use the upholstery vacuum attachment!

Clean the mattress with baking soda

cleam mattress with baking soda

Baking soda is one our favourite cleaning agents. It is natural and pretty likely already in your kitchen. It also does a wonderful job in cleaning a lot of your household items.

What you will need:

  • Baking soda
  • A sieve or a shaker jar/glass
  • Cleaning cloth
  • Brush

Use the sieve/shaker jar to evenly cover the surface of your mattress with the baking soda. Make sure to use enough of it, so the entire surface of the mattress is covered with baking soda.

Ensure the baking soda is absorbed into the mattress by using a hard brush to sink it deep into the fabric. You do not need to aggressively brush; just a gentle rubbing will do the job. Once you are satisfied that the baking soda is evenly distributed and absorbed across your mattress, let it rest for 20 to 30 minutes.

Not only does baking soda remove moisture from the mattress, but it also does a wonderful job in removing bad smells.

Vacuum the mattress again, to remove the baking soda. Once done, it’s time to move to the next step, which will remove stains.

Removing stains

mattress cleaner

What you will need:

  • A bowl
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Water
  • Washing up liquid
  • Spray bottle
  • Baking soda
  • White microfiber cloth
  • Brush

Fill your bowl with an equal amount of hydrogen peroxide and water. Then add a few drops of the washing up liquid. Stir the mixture and pure it into the spray bottle. If you want to particularly eliminate bad odour, you can add a few drops of your favourite essential oils into the mixture. Then spray the content on your mattress, ensuring the entire surface is covered.

Once again, cover the mattress with baking soda, and this time use a white microfiber cloth to rub it in. Apply more baking soda to the areas that are more stained and dirty. Let the content rest on your mattress for as long as possible. You’ll achieve the best result if you let it rest over night.

Brush out the baking soda and vacuum your mattress! With this method, you should really be able to see a huge difference, especially if you focus on the hard stained areas of your mattress.

Tips to protect your mattress

The best way to ensure your mattress stays stain-free and odour-free for as long as possible is actually to protect it by using mattress protector. You can purchase waterproof ones, and there are also some that reduce the risk of allergy reactions.

Regularly – at least once a week – wash your mattress protector and your bed linen to keep your mattress as clean as possible.

Rotating your mattress is another way to avoid dirt gathering at certain areas. Do not flip the mattress over; rotate from head to feet.

If you require general cleaning of your home and household items, such as your carpet, upholstery and oven, eMop’s cleaners are some of the most skilled in the industry. They can return the sparkle back into your home and your favourite household items. You can hire them here!

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