We spend roughly one third of our lives sleeping in our bed. And it's gross to think just how much dirt it builds up over time. Not only dust mites and other critters lurk in our bed, but also foul stains such as sweat, urine, blood and more. Hence, regular check and cleaning is necessary. Although this process might be time consuming and hard for some, you don't need to call for a professional cleaning service all the time.
It's always handy to have some knowledge on how we can clean our mattresses. The basic and the simplest methods can make a huge difference. There are surprisingly very easy steps you can do on your own to maintain your mattresses clean.
General Cleaning Routine
Always make mattress cleaning a routine. Do it every quarter of the year, basically whenever season change. Here's a simple 5 step guide you can follow.
1. Before you start, remove the entire bedding first and launder them. Wash and dry thoroughly your mattress pad and duvet.
2. Move your mattress away from walls and furniture. Move the bed in a position that is accessible to all sides.
3. Vacuum the bed thoroughly. Start from the top of your bed going your way down. Then vacuum the sides the same way.
4. We might not recognize any smell, but overtime body sweat builds up and will potentially emit foul odor. So it's best to prevent before the problem arise. Deodorize the mattress by sprinkling a layer of baking soda all over. Rub it well with a brush and let it sit for about 10 to 15 minutes.
Tip: You can add essentials oils like lavender or peppermint to add fragrance and aroma.
Simply mix it with the baking soda.
5. Vacuum again. The baking soda you sprinkled absorbs the odor and moisture in the bed.
Vacuuming it the second time pulls out the moisture along with other substances that cause
Remove Mattress Stains
Mattresses typically get stains every now and then especially if you don't use a mattress pad. For stubborn stains like urine, sweat and vomit that can't be removed solely by your usual cleaning routine. You might need to add a little more effort in removing them. Consider trying this easy stain removal solution.
1. Spray the stain with white vinegar and let it sit for about 5 to 10 minutes.
2. Cover the vinegar spot by sprinkling baking soda. Leave it on until the spot dries.
3. Vacuum the baking soda.
4. If there are stains remaining, make water and borax paste and rub it in the spot until the stain disappears. Let it dry and vacuum.
5. If there are still stain remaining, dampen an unused cloth with hydrogen peroxide and rub in the spot in a circular motion.
If these methods don't work, consider contacting a professional mattress cleaning service to remedy the stain. You may also consider contacting your mattress retailer to consult on your mattress as it might have specific designs and features that you need to know for you to find a better solution to your stain and other mattress related problems.
• Open your windows from time to time, to let the air out.
• Replace your blanket and pillows every week.
• Flip and rotate your mattress every six months.
• It's best to use a mattress pad to protect your mattress from stains.
• Always clean a stain as quickly as possible. Stains are hard to remove when they dry out.
Cleaning your mattress can be a hassle. But it's always better to take a regular cleaning schedule rather than cleaning your mattress only when it's too late. Take these tips and these should help you maintain the condition of your mattress. If done regularly, you won't need to think about possible dust mites and bed bugs. You can have a deep sleep with your clean bed!
Emmerey Rose is a young blogger from the Philippines who enjoys writing about fashion, beauty and other interesting topic and runs a blog emmereyrose.com.