How to Clean a Mattress – A Complete Guide 

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Regular usage of your beloved mattress makes them home to contaminants such as dead skin cells, dust mites, molds, and mildews. A dirty mattress may lead to allergies, asthma, and many other health issues. The best way to avoid a dirty mattress is to clean the mattress regularly. Mattress cleaning is a tedious task. But, don’t worry; our expert guide will make it simple for you by explaining how to clean a mattress, tips to keep your mattress clean, and how frequently you should clean your mattress.

How to Clean Your Mattress

Deep cleaning is the easiest and best way to clean a mattress. But before understanding how to wash a mattress, let’s understand the equipment and supplies you require to clean a mattress.

To deep clean your mattress, you will require-

  • upholstery attachment vacuum cleaner
  • a dish soap
  • laundry detergent
  • cleaning cloths
  • cold water
  • baking soda

Steps to deep clean a mattress

  1. Start by stripping all the bedding accessories. 
  2. Vacuum the mattress using an upholstery attachment vacuum cleaner. 
  3. Spray the surface of the mattress with baking soda. Allow the baking soda to stay on the bed for a few hours. It removes the odor, decolorizes, and removes dirt, dust-mites from the mattress. If possible, allow the mattress to soak in sunlight with baking soda.
  4. Now remove the baking soda from the mattress using an upholstery attachment vacuum cleaner. 
  5. Now, flip the mattress and repeat steps 1 to 4 for the other side of the mattress.
  6. Once the mattress is clean from both sides, use a mattress protector to keep dust mites, molds, and mildews away from the mattress.
  7. If possible, use clean and fitted sheets for the mattress to protect it from dust.

Deep cleaning is the easiest and best way to clean a mattress. But before understanding how to wash a mattress, let’s understand the equipment and supplies you require to clean a mattress.

To deep clean your mattress, you will require-

  • upholstery attachment vacuum cleaner
  • a dish soap
  • laundry detergent
  • cleaning cloths
  • cold water
  • baking soda

Steps to deep clean a mattress

  1. Start by stripping all the bedding accessories. 
  2. Vacuum the mattress using an upholstery attachment vacuum cleaner. 
  3. Spray the surface of the mattress with baking soda. Allow the baking soda to stay on the bed for a few hours. It removes the odor, decolorizes, and removes dirt, dust-mites from the mattress. If possible, allow the mattress to soak in sunlight with baking soda.
  4. Now remove the baking soda from the mattress using an upholstery attachment vacuum cleaner. 
  5. Now, flip the mattress and repeat steps 1 to 4 for the other side of the mattress.
  6. Once the mattress is clean from both sides, use a mattress protector to keep dust mites, molds, and mildews away from the mattress.
  7. If possible, use clean and fitted sheets for the mattress to protect it from dust.

How to Clean Pee Out of Mattress

Have you ever wondered how to clean urine out of a mattress / how to clean pee out of the mattress? To start, try cleaning the fresh pee as early as possible because dry pee may be challenging to clean. However, we have mentioned steps to help clean both wet and dry pee out of the mattress.

Steps to clean pee out of mattress:

  1. Spray the vinegar solution over the accidental spot
  2. Allow the vinegar solution to stay on the area for about 36-48 hours
  3. Dry air the bed for about 12-14 hours
  4. Repeat the process till the stain is completely removed
  5. Spot clean the area using water to remove dry residue if any

How to Clean Blood Off Mattress

Steps to clean blood out of mattress:

  1. Firstly, get a washcloth and clean the blood from the accidental area using cold water. Don’t use hot or warm water as it may worsen the bloodstain.
  2. Ensure you dab the area using cold water and not rub it.
  3. Spray baking soda over the blood stain and let it stay for at least 30 minutes
  4. Clean off the baking soda by dabbing it using cold water and a cloth.
  5. Repeat the process till blood is removed

How to Clean Vomit From Mattress

  1. Clean the color from the mattress using warm water.
  2. Strip off all your bedding and wash them using a washing machine
  3. Wipe any remaining vomit from the mattress. Don’t rub the spot as it may spread.
  4. Clean the spot using warm soapy water and an old cloth.
  5. Use the vinegar solution to remove foul odor from the mattress
  6. Air dry the mattress

How to Clean Mold Off a Mattress

  1. Air dry both sides of the mattress using a vacuum cleaner
  2. Scrub the spot using a mixture of rubbing alcohol and warm water
  3. Take another cloth and cleanse the area using warm water
  4. Disinfect the mattress by spraying upholstery disinfectant all over the mattress
  5. Air dry the mattress

Let’s learn how to get stains out of a mattress / how to remove stains from the mattress in the next section.

How to Clean Mattress Stains

Let’s understand how to remove stains from the mattress using the step-by-step procedure.

  1. Check if the stain is still fresh or wet; if yes, then dab the area gently using a cloth.
  2. Depending on the type of stain,  prepare a stain remover solution
  3. Ensure that you spray the solution on the cloth. Don’t use the solution directly on the mattress.
  4. Dab the stain gently with the cloth, and don’t rub the stain as it may sink the stain into the mattress.
  5. Take another cloth and wet it. Ensure that the cloth is not dripping.
  6. Dab the spot using a wet cloth to soak the stain. Dabbing may also remove any excess solution on the accidental area.
  7. Allow the mattress to dry for a few hours. 
  8. After drying the mattress, follow the deep cleaning procedure to clean the mattress thoroughly.

The sweat, moisture, and oils from your body may lead to the growth of mold and mildew. These molds cover the specific area of a mattress and make it look like yellow stains.

Let’s understand the various stain remover solutions you will require depending on the type of stain-

Urine Stains

If you want to clean urine stain, use 2-4 drops of dish-washing liquid, three tablespoons of baking soda, and 8 ounces of hydrogen peroxide. You can use one tablespoon of vinegar to disinfect the stained area.

Blood Stains

For cleaning blood, stains use 2-4 drops of dish-washing liquid, three tablespoons of baking soda, and 8 ounces of hydrogen peroxide. You can use one tablespoon of vinegar to disinfect the stained area.

Sweat Stains

For cleaning sweat stains, use three tablespoons of baking soda, water, and vacuum. You can also add a small percentage of hydrogen peroxide to the solution.

Poop Stains

If you want to clean poop stains, use  2-3 tablespoons of white vinegar and water each.

Squirt Stains

Squirt stains are easy to clean, and you can use a simple solution of liquid detergent and cool water. 

Coffee Stains

For cleaning coffee stains, prepare a solution of vinegar and liquid dish soap solution.

Homemade Mattress Stain Remover

Let’s run through a few homemade mattress cleaners that help you remove the most stubborn stains easily.

Sweat Stain Remover

To remove sweat stains, spray hydrogen peroxide on the stained area. Let it stay for a few minutes and then air dry. The stain lightens as the peroxide dries. Repeat if the stain is still visible.

Blood Stain Remover

You can make blood stain remover by mixing one tablespoon of liquid soap, one tablespoon of salt, and 2 ounces of hydrogen peroxide. Apply this solution to the stained area and keep it for 10 minutes. Air-dry the mattress and repeat till the stain is completely removed. Remove the dried solution using a spoon and remove the residue by dabbing the area using a cloth.

Urine Stain Remover

To remove urine stains, prepare a solution with 8 ounces of hydrogen peroxide, three tablespoons of baking soda, and liquid dish soap. Dab this solution onto the stained area. Use another cloth to soak the moisture from the stained area. Air-dry the mattress and repeat the process till the stain is removed.

Stubborn Mattress Stain Remover 

You can use this stain remover to remove vomit stains, alcohol stains. Combine two tablespoons of white laundry detergent with one tablespoon of water.

Apply the solution on the spot area and keep it for 10 minutes. Wipe the residue using a moist cloth and air dry the mattress.

How Often Should You Clean Your Mattress

To increase the durability of your mattress, we recommend cleaning the mattress every 6-8 months. In case of any stain or unwanted accident, wash your bed before the stain settles in.

Tips to Keep Your Mattress Clean

Even after deep cleaning the mattress once every 6-8 months, you need to keep your bed clean to avoid health issues and increase its lifespan.

Here are some essential tips to keep your mattress clean.

  • Take your mattress for sunbathing to remove any dirt, dust mites.
  • Remove the moisture content in your mattress by providing ventilation.
  • Flip your mattress every 3-4 weeks 
  • Use a vacuum cleaner in case sunbath or air bath is not possible
  • Clean base of the mattress every three months 
  • Use a mattress protector to keep dirt, dust mites away from your mattress.

The Final Word

Cleaning a mattress can be tedious and irritating. However, using the right supplies and techniques can make mattress cleaning a  simple and fun task. Hopefully, our detailed guide will help you clean your mattress easily and help you get a clean sleeping space every time you enter the bedroom.

Happy Sleeping!

Prepare a solution of cold water and white vinegar and dab gently all over the topper. Soak the excess moisture using a dry cloth and then spray baking soda over the mattress topper. Allow it to stay on the mattress for 6-8 hours before air drying the bed.

Strip the mattress and use a vacuum cleaner to remove any dust from the bed. Spray baking soda over the mattress and allow it to stay for 60 minutes. Air-dry the mattress and repeat till the mattress is cleaned thoroughly.

Yes, you can use a carpet cleaner to clean the mattress.

Ideally, you should flip your mattress every 2-3 weeks to keep your mattress clean and in good shape.

It costs $80 to $180 to deep clean a mattress.

You can use a dry cloth, towel, or hair dryer to dry a mattress.

You can sanitize your mattress by spraying steam cleaner, baking soda, or antibacterial spray on the whole bed.

Use 2-4 drops of dish-washing liquid, three tablespoons of baking soda, and 8 ounces of hydrogen peroxide to prepare a solution. Spray it over the used mattress and let it stay for 20 minutes. Use a clean cloth to soak in the dampness and then air dry the mattress.

 

You can clean the memory foam mattress by spraying the baking soda and letting it stay over the bed for 6-8 hours before air drying the mattress. 



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