The average adult spends between five and eight hours every night on a mattress. Many mattresses contain sweat, blood, and urine, not to mention mold, mildew, dust mites, and other unmentionable creatures and such. Pets and small children increase the chances of unknown stains.
So… when was the last time you deep cleaned your mattress?
Clean and cared-for mattresses last longer, not to mention improve the quality of your slumber. Experts say you shouldn’t go longer than six months without giving your bed a good overhaul. Here’s how to properly clean your nighttime oasis.
First, the obvious. Strip the mattress of all bedding and toss those items in the washer. Use a good quality laundry soap. High temperature wash water and high heat dry cycles help kill off any suspect critters.
Second, vacuum. And then vacuum again. Your normal everyday vacuum cleaner will do the trick. The upholstery and crevice tools can help you get deep into seams and crevices. For a little over $200, you can go the extra mile and invest in a vacuum specifically designed for mattress cleaning. These handheld vacuums suck over three times the amount of debris from your mattress.
Next, check for visible stains. Spot treat with appropriate cleaner (check your mattress tag for what to use). Typically, an upholstery cleaner or enzyme-based cleaner can remove many stains. For milder cleaning, try a teaspoon dish detergent mixed in a cup of warm water. For tougher stains like dried blood, try a quarter-cup of hydrogen peroxide, one tablespoon of liquid dish soap, and one tablespoon of salt. Mix the ingredients into a paste and spread on the stains, then allow it to dry before scraping it off. Let all areas dry before proceeding.
Now, deodorize. Sprinkle the entire surface area with baking soda. Let it sit for as long as possible (24 hours is best) and then vacuum it up.
Lastly, invest in a mattress protector. Besides the obvious stain-fighting element, mattress protectors help against fleas, mites, and other pests. Adding a mattress pad as well can help absorb moisture and bodily fluids.