A Pre-Used Bed Can Be Cleaned in 3 Easy Steps

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    Strip the bed and wash the linens in hot water. Take down the bed coverings and put away the pillows. Wash all machine-washable items together in a load of hot water using your regular laundry detergent. [1] [2]

    • This step is unnecessary if your mattress does not have any sheets or blankets on it. As an illustration, a used bed's mattress is typically empty. This is especially true if you've been sleeping on the same mattress for at least six months.
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    To thoroughly clean your mattress, use the upholstery attachment on your vacuum. Typically, a brush nozzle is what you'll find at the end of your vacuum hose if you're looking for an upholstery attachment. Vacuum the entire top and sides of the mattress with the brush nozzle attachment while the mattress is flat. [3] [4]

    • Dust, dead skin, and other debris accumulate over time on mattresses. When cleaning a used mattress, the first step should always be to vacuum off the surface dust and dirt.

    Important: before you vacuum your mattress, make sure the upholstery attachment is clean. Before using the brush, make sure to use your fingers to remove any lint or other debris that may be trapped inside. That way, when you clean the mattress, you won't be bringing in any new dirt and dust.


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    Use the vacuum's crevice tool to clean in tight spaces. In order to reach into tight spaces, you'll need the crevice attachment, which is the long, thin tool with the angled slot at the Use it to clean the mattress's hard-to-reach crevices, like the space under the pillow top's edges or below the quilting. [5]

    • Most dust and dirt will be found in these spaces, so it's important to clean as deeply as possible into the cracks and crevices. [6]
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    To clean the other side, simply turn the mattress over. Flip the bed over to access the underside. Vacuum the entire underside with the upholstery attachment, and get into all of the nooks and crannies with the crevice tool. [7]

    • In the case of a bed with a box spring, you should also vacuum the box spring.


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    Prepare a homemade stain cleaning solution for the removal of blood, urine, and other bodily fluid stains. Create a paste by combining baking soda, salt, and water (or lemon juice and salt) in a 1:1:1 ratio. Use a mixture of 2 parts hydrogen peroxide to 1 part liquid dish detergent, or 1 tsp (4 Dishwasher liquid (26.9 mL) and water (1 cup (236 Mix one teaspoon (approximately 5 mL) of liquid cleaner per one tablespoon (approximately 125

    • Body fluids such as blood, sweat, and urine are no match for any of these methods. Wine and other food stains are no match for them.
    • Pick a remedy that you already have the materials for at home, or experiment with various remedies until you find one that works.
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    Make a homemade stain remover and apply it to the stains. Apply cleaning solution to stains by rubbing it in, making sure to overlap them by about 1⁄4  in (0 64 cm) The mattress should be left to sit for 5-30 minutes before being blotted or wiped clean with a damp cloth. [8]

    • If the stain persists after applying the cleaning solution and waiting the recommended amount of time, try a different product.
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    Instead of using a home remedy, simply spray the stain with a pet stain remover. The cleaner should be used on the stains in accordance with the directions provided by the manufacturer. Simply blot it with a damp cloth and let the mattress air dry. [9]

    • Protein and bodily fluid stains are what pet stain removers are best at getting rid of.
    • Pet stain removers can be purchased from any pet supply store or online.
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    If spot cleaning doesn't remove the stain from your mattress, try steam cleaning it instead. Use long, slow strokes with the steam cleaner to cover the entire mattress. You should give your mattress three to four hours to dry before putting sheets and blankets on it. [10]
    • In order to hasten the drying process, opening windows and doors is recommended.
    • It's crucial that you wait until your mattress is completely dry before making and using it. Without doing so, mildew and mold can grow, destroying your mattress.
    • Steam cleaning not only cleans, but also sanitizes your entire mattress.

    If you don't own a steam cleaner but could use one, consider renting one from a department or home improvement store. If you'd rather not do it yourself, you can always have your mattress steam cleaned by a professional.


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    Use a fabric-safe disinfectant spray on the mattress. Squeeze the trigger or press down on the nozzle of the disinfectant bottle and spray onto the mattress from a distance of about 6 inches (15 cm). Spray the mattress evenly by starting at one end and working your way to the other, shifting the bottle laterally across the surface of the mattress as you go. [11]

    • In addition, you can make a disinfectant spray by mixing equal parts vinegar and water in a spray bottle.
    • Disinfectant sprays are useful for more than just killing germs. Commercial disinfecting sprays are available in a variety of fragrances, including lemon and lavender, so you can pick your personal preference.
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    Spread baking soda all over the bed and let it sit for at least an hour. Place the top of the mattress down first. Scatter baking soda liberally over the area, and let it sit for at least an hour to absorb any lingering odors and dampness caused by perspiration. [12] [13]

    • Don't fret over adding an excessive amount of baking soda. A full box of baking soda should be dumped out on a used mattress or a mattress that hasn't been cleaned in a while if you're cleaning it for the first time.
    • Typically, an hour or so of letting the baking soda sit is sufficient to neutralize mild odors. The best results can be achieved after letting a mattress sit for 24 hours if it has a strong odor.

    If you want your bed to smell even better, add up to five drops of lavender oil or another essential oil to the baking soda before you sprinkle it on the mattress. Don't use more than a few drops of an essential oil because of how concentrated and powerful they are.

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    Remove the baking soda by sucking it up with the hose attachment of your vacuum cleaner. Apply the hose in slow, overlapping strokes over the entire mattress to extract all the baking soda. Vacuum the baking soda from the crevices and other inaccessible areas using the specialized tool. [14] [15]

    • After finishing one side of the mattress, flip it over and do it again for optimal results. [16]
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    If you can, try to let your mattress air out in the sun. UV light kills bacteria in addition to being a great natural deodorizer, and fresh air is similarly effective. If you want to deodorize and disinfect your mattress, all you have to do is take it outside on a sunny day and leave it there for a few hours. [17]

    • Of course, if you're a city dweller in an apartment, this isn't always doable or practical. Use your yard, patio, or balcony if it's spacious enough to air out your mattress.


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    Where can I find instructions on how to remove stains from a previously used bed?

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    In Seattle, Washington, Elias Weston established Seatown Cleaners and established himself as a cleaning expert. Elias is an expert at finding instant booking and reasonably priced cleaning services for his clients. Green cleaning products and methods are used during Seatown Cleaners' standard, deep, and move-in/out cleaning services. Each cleaner has been thoroughly screened, and your money is guaranteed to be refunded if you are not satisfied with their service.
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    Mattress stains can be eliminated with the help of a store-bought enzyme cleaner if you want to be sure. You can't replicate the results at home, but you can rest assured that you're getting the highest quality.

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  • Robotic vacuum cleaner
  • Use a vacuum with a upholstery and crevice tool.
  • Cloth
  • Drinking Water (not required)
  • Hydrogen peroxide (not required)
  • Soda bicarbonate (if you have it)
  • Dishwashing liquid (not required)
  • (Optional) Salt
  • To taste, add lemon juice.
  • Detergent for pet stains (not required)
  • Utterly non-essential) toothbrush
  • Cleaning with steam (if desired)
  • Insecticidal mist
  • The use of baking soda
  • Vacuum
  • Oil of essential (not required)

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Updated: May 26, 2021

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