It may surprise you to know that there are many people out there who do not know that you can clean a mattress. As with most other fabrics, mattress fabrics soil over time and absorbing different particles from the surrounding environment combined with a steady accumulation of your biological remnants.
You spend about one-third of your life sleeping, and it is likely that you do it on your own bed. This is more time than you would wear a favorite outfit or T-shirt. Yet you typically put these items in the laundry after each use. Did you know that you can sanitize your mattress in less time than it takes to wash a load of laundry?
If left without cleaning, a mattress can collect enough dead skin cells and dust mites to double its weight in a decade. It is pretty disgusting to think about lying on all that accumulated gunk, which makes it obvious why you need to clean and sanitize your mattresses. Still not convinced? Then consider that you spend one-third of your life sleeping, plus you sweat out half a pint of liquid every night into your mattress.
You need to get rid of germs and dirt to help in alleviating allergies and prevent illness and disease from spreading. A thorough cleaning and sanitizing is even more crucial if you have bought a secondhand mattress. Although it is not possible to keep a mattress completely sterile at home, you can keep it sanitary and clean by giving it a little extra attention at least four times a year when rotating it.
Steps To Sanitizing Your Mattress
- Prepare to vacuum: First of all, wash your vacuum cleaner’s upholstery and crevice attachments in a large sink filled with lukewarm water and half a cup of oxygen bleach. Next, rinse them a few times until clean and make sure they dry completely before you use them. This way, dust and dirt from the vacuum cleaner attachment does not get transferred to your bed. Strip your sheets off and air them out while you wait for the vacuum attachments to dry.
- Vacuum: Use the upholstery attachment to clean your mattress’ surface and sides and then use the crevice attachment to remove dirt along the seamed edges. Remember that you need to vacuum both sides of the mattress as well as the top and sides of the box spring.
- Treat stains: Check the mattress for any stains. If you find any, take a clean cloth dampened with hydrogen peroxide and blot the stains gently. You can make a homemade stain remover with liquid dishwashing detergent. Take ¼ cup of the detergent in a small mixing bowl and beat in a mixer on low and add 1 teaspoon of water at a time until there is a bowl of soap suds. Remove the dry suds out of the bowl until only the liquid is left. Rub the stain with a sponge or soft brush dipped in the soap suds.
- Disinfect: You can use vodka to remove odors and sanitize the mattress in one step. All you need to do is pour a quart of vodka into a spray bottle and lightly mist the mattress surface. Let it air dry. Note that a top-shelf, expensive vodka is not required for this task.
- Get rid of dust mites: According to research conducted at Alexandria University in Egypt, dust mites can be eliminated with eucalyptus and clove essential oils. Before you put your sheets back on your fresh and clean mattress, wash them in hot water mixed with about 10 drops of either eucalyptus or clove essential oil in the load. If you prefer, you can mist your mattress with a spray bottle containing 1 quart of water mixed with add 20 drops of one of the oils. Make sure that your mattress and sheets are completely dry before you remake your bed.
Tips to Remember
- When you clean a mattress, make sure that you use as little liquid as possible. Wring out sponges and cloths properly to avoid getting the padding or foam wet. Remember that they should be damp, not wet, when you use them on your mattress.
- Because water can be left behind in the mattress, it is best to leave steam cleaning to the professionals.
- Dry cleaning products should not be used on a mattress as they may be toxic and can also damage fibers.
As you can see, sanitizing your mattress is not as tough as you may have thought. When you sanitize your mattress, you make sure that you prevent the buildup of biological matter, remove stains and odors and prevent allergens such as dust mite, pollen and pet dander from accumulating.