How to Clean a Mattress

How to Clean a Mattress Franklin TNCleaning your mattress properly is essential as you sleep on it every night and thus can very easily get sick if the mattress is dirty. It is not enough to just vacuum the mattress regularly. A mattress can contain body fluids, dust mites, mould and many other critters thus making it essential to thoroughly clean your mattress. This article will guide you on how to properly clean your mattress.Before you start the mattress cleaning process it is important to strip your bed off all bedding and clean all your linen. The first thing to wash and dry should be your mattress pad followed by the sheets and finally bedspread. Ensure you use hot water and dry with the highest heat so as to kill dust mites and all other critters on your bedding. After all that is done you can start cleaning your mattress using the following procedure.Vacuum the mattressYou should use the upholstery vacuum cleaner attachment to clean your mattress. Start vacuuming from the top going down with overlapping narrow paths. Vacuum the sides next using the same method.Deodorise the mattressWe usually sweat at night when we are asleep and the accumulation of this sweat over time can cause the mattress to get a bad odour. To get rid of the smell, sprinkle some baking soda on the mattress and gently work it into the mattress and let it settle for a few minutes.Vacuum againThe baking soda will absorb the moisture in the mattress and body oils. When you vacuum the mattress the second time you will be to remove the cause of the odour and the moisture all at once.Get rid of the stainsMattresses are prone to get stained by blood and other bodily fluids. It is important to get rid of these stains. Here are procedures you can use to remove different types of stains.

  • Dried blood stains

ProcedureMix 1 tablespoon of liquid dish-washing soap, 1 tablespoon table salt, and ¼ cup hydrogen peroxide.Spread paste on the stained area and allow it to dry.Scrape off the residue and dab at any stains remaining using a white towel which has been dipped in hydrogen peroxide.

  • Urine stains

ProcedureMix 3 tablespoons, 8 oz of hydrogen peroxide and a few drops of liquid dish soap.Dab the solution on the mattress but be sure not to drench the mattress.In case the stain is persistent, you can create dry foam from dry laundry detergent and 1 tablespoon water.  Apply it on the stained area and leave for about 30 minutes.Scrape the paste away using a spoon and the remove any stubborn paste using a white cloth sipped in hydrogen peroxide.Vacuum the area until it’s dry.

  1. Flip the mattress over and repeat steps 1 through 4

It is important to prevent staining your mattress by using a mattress cover which is easier to clean.If you do not have the tools to get it done yourself, or if a mattress needs a little more professional wash, contact us. Thank you for reading this article.