Like many of people, not eating in bed, changing and cleaning the sheets, vacuuming under the bed and the mattress are all good habits, and having a mattress cover of course but not everyone is even half as clean or a neat freak. Knowing how to clean a mattress can help you sleep better at night and not to mention a healthy sleep. Your mattress is exposed to the worst of you such as: sweat, drool, shed skin flakes, hair and skin oil, and various bodily fluids. Adding to that the allergens, dust, mites, indoor pollution and pet dander found in most homes, and your mattress is ripe for a cleaning. At a minimum, you should clean the mattress every six months, but ideally, do it each season. Bedwetting sometimes happens and it’s hard to raise kids without at least one or two nighttime accidents. Sweat produces similar yellowish stains, and over time, it’s common for mattresses to become discolored and musty smelling from sweat, especially a mattress used by a teen boy or a woman suffering through hot flashes. How you clean, and what you use, will depend on the type of stain you’re dealing with. Unless you spilled red wine or coffee in bed, chances are good that they are protein-based stains of the bodily variety. They also probably aren’t new, which means they’ll be tougher to remove after having set and chemically bonded with the fabric.
Here are a couple of options and simple task of cleaning your mattress:
- Strip the bed completely.
- Mix together one cup of 3% hydrogen peroxide, three tablespoons of baking soda and just a few drops of liquid dishwashing soap. Stir until the baking soda dissolves.
- Pour the mixture into a spray bottle, and then spray the entire stained area of the mattress, letting the solution soak into the mark.
- Leave the solution to air dry for at least an hour. If you want to haste things up, set a blowing fan near the mattress, or use your blow dryer on the cool setting.
- Treat stains with a combination of hydrogen peroxide, liquid dish soap, and baking soda. Mix them into a spray bottle and treat the stained area. Blot and/or rub with a clean rag.
- Use non-toxic, natural enzyme cleaners, like Simple Solution, that chemically break down stains and odors.
- Make a paste of lemon juice and salt. Apply the mixture to the stain, and let it stand for 30 minutes to an hour. Wipe off salt with a clean towel.
- Sprinkle a light layer of baking soda over the entire surface and let it sit for a long time at least a couple of hours. It will absorb any excess liquid from the stain removal process, and leave your mattress smelling fresh and clean. Vacuum off the baking soda, making sure to get into any crevices to remove the powder.
- And finally, the best thing for your mattress is fresh air and UV sunlight. Not everyone will be able to haul their mattress down the stairs and into the backyard but if you can, it’s a great way to naturally eliminate bacteria.
There’s more to it than running the vacuum over it now and then but this is a particularly important cleaning task if you live in a humid environment since your mattress likely to retain moisture from your body heat even after you get out of bed. And moreover, if you have pets or small children, chances that your mattress would acquire some stains you don’t even know about.