How to Properly Clean Your Mattress
The mattress is the foundation of a good night’s sleep - literally! But how well are you caring for your mattress? Chances are you’ve never given your mattress a second thought when it comes to cleanliness. Just like your sheets and pillows, your mattress needs to be cared for as well. That’s why we’ve broken down an easy step-by-step guide to cleaning your mattress!
Before you get started, it’s important to have the proper tools for the job. You may have never cleaned a mattress before, but you may be surprised to learn that you more than likely have all the tools you need in your cleaning arsenal.
- A vacuum with a hose and upholstery attachment if possible
- Dish soap or your favorite detergent
- Baking soda
- Unused cleaning clothes
- Cold water
Cleaning Your Mattress
Step 1: Strip the Bed
The first step in cleaning your mattress is to remove all bedding, pillows, and mattress protectors. This is the time to get them looking, feeling, and smelling fresh. If washing your Cosy House bedding, wash with warm water on a gentle cycle, with a cold water rinse. Dry on low heat to preserve the integrity and softness of the fiber. Do not use bleach or iron your bedding.
Step 2: Vacuum the Mattress
While your bedding is getting freshened up, it’s time to start on the mattress. The last thing you want is to leave any dust or dirt sitting on the surface of your mattress. Using the hose and/or upholstery attachment of your vacuum, comb up and down the mattress. Don’t forget to go over the crevices of the mattress, as well as the sides.
Step 3: Spot Clean the Mattress
Stains on your mattress are not terribly uncommon. Mattresses stain with age or with the accident your toddler had the other night. No matter the cause, it’s important to clean stains as much as possible. The better you can pinpoint the type of stain, the easier it will be to clean.
Now, it’s important to never fully soak your mattress with water or cleaning solution. This is especially true if cleaning a memory foam mattress. Letting liquid seep into your mattress could result in mold, so it’s essential to be careful. Spay or spot cleaner onto the stain, blotting with a clean cloth. With a secondary cloth, blot the stain with cold water.
Step 4: Sprinkle Baking Soda on the Mattress
Baking soda is a lifesaver when it comes to cleaning. Sprinkle a generous amount over your entire mattress and let sit for several hours. In addition to drawing away any leftover moisture from the stain removal process, the baking soda will remove any lingering odor. We recommend you leave the baking soda on for as many hours as possible, but a minimum of 3-5. If you can, open a window and allow sunlight to aid in the process, killing mold and bacteria as the baking soda works.
Step 5: Vacuum the Mattress Again
Once you’ve let the mattress sit in baking soda, it’s time to vacuum again. Using the same method as before, suck up all the baking soda and any other crumbs and dust left behind.
Step 6: Flip and Repeat
Now that one side of your mattress is spotless, it’s time to clean the opposite side. Flip the mattress over and complete steps 2 through 5. Before you flip, ensure that your mattress is dry, as you may not want to flip again.
To keep the health of your mattress strong, it is recommended that you flip your mattress every 3 months or so. This is traditionally instructed for spring mattresses, but specialty mattresses have flipping instructions as well. Please refer to the manufacturer for a more detailed regimen.
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