Did you know that there are 10,000 to 10,000,000 dust mites in an average mattress? This fact alone makes it incredibly important to make sure that you clean and disinfect your mattress on a regular basis.
Dust mites live in mattresses, bed covers, pillows, carpeting, upholstered furniture, and even clothing. A mattress is one of their favorite places.
Did you also know that the average person sweats out about half a pint of perspiration every night? We spend one-third of our lives lying on a mattress, so making sure that you maintain a clean mattress is important. Cleaning and disinfecting your mattresses should definitely be on top of your list of regular cleaning duties.
Vacuum The Mattress
Vacuuming your mattress regularly is important as it helps to remove dead skin cells, dust and other debris that accumulate en masse over time. It is a good idea to do this every time you rotate your mattress – once a season.
Remember that the secret is to use a clean upholstery attachment because your vacuum sucks up countless types of nasty things and the last thing you want to do is deposit them on your mattress. If you can, vacuum the foundation as well as the mattress.
Protein stains are the types most commonly found on mattresses – sweat, blood, vomit, urine and other bodily liquids are things that you usually have to contend with.
You can remove fresh protein stains with a mixture of water, baking soda and salt. Create a paste, rub it on the stained area, leave it on for 30 minutes, and brush off. Then, take a damp cloth, remove the excess paste and allow your mattress to dry.
If the paste does not work, upgrade your solution. You can make a homemade stain remover – mix 2 parts hydrogen peroxide to 1 part dish soap. Apply the stain remover gently to the stained area, brush in gently with a cleaning toothbrush and leave it for five minutes, and then wipe it off with a cool, damp cloth. You can also get rid of any unsightly discoloration with this handy solution.
Now, the next step is to sanitize your mattress. You can do this and eliminate odors in one simple step with vodka. Pour one quart into a spray bottle and lightly mist your mattress’ surface. Allow to dry.
According to research conducted at Egypt’s Alexandria University, eucalyptus and clove essential oils help eliminate dust mites. Before you put them back on your freshly-cleaned mattress, wash your sheets in hot water and add 10 drops or so of one of these oils to the load.
You can also take 1 quart of water in a spray bottle, add 20 drops of oil to it and mist the mattress with it. Before you remake your bed, remember to ensure that the sheets and the mattress are both completely dry.
Another great way to disinfect your mattress is to use baking soda and a few drops of essential oil. First, mix a 16 ounces of baking soda and 10 to 20 drops of your favorite essential oil (lavender, ylang ylang, chamomile and sandalwood are great as they soothe your senses). Shake well and then, lightly dust your mattress with the baking soda. Leave it on for one hour or more. You need to give it time to draw out the moisture, odor and dirt.
Once an hour is up, thoroughly vacuum the mattress with an upholstery attachment and the hose end of your vacuum. Make sure that you vacuum slowly so that the vacuum suction pulls out as much debris as possible from within the mattress.
The baking soda draws out dirt and moisture and also deodorizes it, leaving it smelling clean and fresh. The essential oil helps ease stress and anxiety and promotes sound sleep. Plus, it smells absolutely amazing!
Contrary to what you may think, disinfecting your mattress is an easy task. With the right products and tools, you can efficiently and effectively clean and sanitize your mattress, and leave it smelling wonderful. You can rest easy knowing that you are laying on a debris and allergen-free mattress.