Mattress Care in 9 Easy Steps

2023-01-27 00:15:57 - Patrick Gruce Patrick Gruce is a seasoned journalist with over a decade of experience in the tech and media industries, offering unique insights on the intersection of technology, media, and legal/regulatory issues through his background in journalism and law.

We spend one-third of our lives in bed, so it's important to know how to maintain a clean and healthy mattress. As time passes, mattresses can become home to a wide variety of uninvited visitors, such as dust, dirt, dead skin, and more. Knowing how to clean a mattress is essential, whether your kids had an accident in bed or it's just time for a change.  

Please follow the instructions below to ensure a clean and fresh mattress. There are suggestions for removing stains and maintaining a pleasant aroma. It is likely that your mattress will need to dry out overnight.

The First Step Is To Collect Your Materials

items needed to clean a mattress

To begin, gather the tools you'll need to clean your mattress. In most cases, common household items will suffice.

Objects that will be required

  • Spry bottle
  • Salicylic acid
  • Peroxygen gas (hydrogen peroxide)
  • Rags
  • Concentrated cleaner for washing machines
  • Get a vacuum cleaner (a portable one is ideal).

Assuming you have everything you need, you can begin cleaning your mattresses.

As a second step, you must strip the bed.

Your mattress will get better results if you strip it of everything you normally put on it, including sheets, pillows, a mattress cover, and (no judgment) stuffed animals. If you're going to be washing your mattress, you might as well wash your sheets too.

You should aim to wash your sheets once a week (but hey, like we said — no judgment applies here), whether you prefer the breathability of HyperliteTM or the softness of Sateen.

You can begin eliminating lingering odors from your mattress once you've stripped the bed and loaded the laundry.

Step 3: Eliminate Mattress Odor

When you first lay down a layer of baking soda on your mattress, the odors it absorbs will be neutralized, allowing you to clean the mattress more thoroughly. Simply grab the ever-present baking soda and liberally sprinkle it over your mattress to eliminate any lingering odors.  

Gentle rubbing will aid bonding of the baking soda to the mattress. Baking soda needs time to neutralize odors, so leave it on for a while (ideally, overnight).

Fourth, you'll want to vacuum the mattress.

Allergens such as dead skin, dirt, dust, and other particles can accumulate in mattresses over time. To remedy this, simply connect the upholstery attachment to your vacuum (preferably a hand-held unit). Clean your mattress thoroughly, paying special attention to the cracks, edges, and seams.  

Stains can't be removed by vacuuming, but dirt and dust can be. It can also be used to eliminate any traces of baking soda in the bed.

Fifth, clean individual stains on the mattress.

Mattresses can be expensive, so it's understandable if you're annoyed by the sight of stains. The use of a stain remover is required for spot cleaning stains on a mattress.  

Depending on the stain, you'll need to use a different stain remover. However, an enzyme-based cleaner should be used on stains caused by bodily fluids such as sweat, vomit, blood, urine, and the like.

How to make a DIY enzyme-based cleaner

It's easy enough to whip up your own enzyme-based cleaner if you don't have any on hand. To implement this, please refer to:

  • Hydrogen peroxide, 16 ounces, 3%
  • The equivalent of 4 tablespoons of baking soda
  • 2–4 ounces of liquid detergent

A few drops of an essential oil, such as lavender or eucalyptus, can also be added to the wash to help remove odorous stains and revitalize the mattress. Get a sturdy spray bottle, fill it with your homemade cleaner, and liberally apply it to any stains you find.

The best course of action for cleaning up after a spill or an accident before bed is to act quickly and clean the affected area. New stains can be removed using a mild detergent or stain remover (without bleach), without compromising the mattress's durability or comfort. Together, a laundry brush and the cleaner can do wonders for penetrating stubborn mystery stains. Hire a professional upholstery cleaner if the stains are particularly difficult to remove. Deep cleaning your mattress may be recommended.

The sixth step is to use baking soda once more.

You need to "rinse and repeat" after applying cleaning solution. A second layer of baking soda sprinkled over the entire mattress and left for a few hours will leave even the dirtiest mattress smelling fresh. If you can leave it on for an extended period of time, do so.

Baking soda neutralizes acid and soaks up any lingering liquids or odors. Baking soda is a great base for a homemade cleaner, and if you have any leftover essential oils from your last project, you can mix them in before you start layering. A new, clean aroma will be introduced.

Stage 7: Vacuum (Once More)

Now that you've added more baking soda, you should vacuum it up again. When the baking soda has finished its job, clean up the mess by vacuuming it up. Carefully vacuum the edges and seams for any remaining allergens since this is the last time.

While a cordless hand vacuum is ideal, a broom will do in a pinch. (The cleanup will be slightly more difficult.) )

In the eighth step, you will let your mattress breathe.

You should let your newly cleaned mattress rest for a while. The recommended drying time for a mattress is 8-10 hours. The drying process can be sped up by pointing a fan at it or placing it outside if you need it that night.

Put your mattress outside in the sun and air it out if you can. Since sunlight has antibacterial properties, it could be used to kill off any remaining bacteria.

9. Turn the bed over and do it again

You've finished cleaning one side, so you might as well flip it over and do it again. Simply flip the mattress over and repeat steps 1 through 8 to get a thoroughly clean mattress.

When it comes to keeping your mattress from sagging, a good rule of thumb is to flip it every three months. But if you have a Casper mattress, you won't have to worry about flipping it. Beds should be rotated 180 degrees every three to six months, especially if one person regularly sleeps on only one side or if one person in the bed is significantly heavier than the other.

Getting Rid of Mattress Stains

It's easy to give your mattress a new lease on life, but figuring out how to remove mattress stains can be more challenging. Read on for advice on removing the most common mattress stains.

Evidence of Blood

Getting blood out of bedding is difficult because blood can clot. Immediately taking care of a blood stain is recommended.

Use a solution of hydrogen peroxide and cold water to remove blood stains from clothing. Do some research on stronger stain removers if the stain persists.

Urine Spots

It's a pain if the urine has already dried in your mattress and you have to do a deep clean. However, in the event that you find yourself in need of removing urine from a mattress, consider the following simple tips.

Accident clean-up is less of a chore if you arrive while the spill is still wet. Just take everything out of your bed and blot up as much as you can. Soak the stained area in vinegar for at least a few hours, preferably 24 to 48, and then cover the area with plastic wrap.  

Cleaning solutions consisting of two parts water, one part white vinegar, and a splash of laundry detergent should be sprayed after either type of accident. Scatter baking soda over the cleaned area to remove any lingering odors.

Sweat Marks

Sweat stains are more difficult to notice than other types because they usually develop over time rather than immediately following an incident. Sweat stains can cause your bed to look yellow, so if you've noticed this happening, it's time to give your best mattress a good cleaning.

A mixture of hydrogen peroxide, liquid dish soap, and water can be sprayed directly onto the stain to lighten it. To remove excess liquid, wait 20-30 minutes and then blot. For odor removal, use baking soda as you would on other stains.

How to Preserve the Condition of Your Mattress

Replacement of a mattress is advised by experts every ten years. With that in mind, we have compiled some of our favorite tips for keeping your mattress clean and in good condition so that you can get the most out of your beauty rest during this time.

One, Safety During Use

It's common sense to protect your bed with a waterproof mattress protector from dust, spills, and general wear and tear. We solved this problem by designing a mattress cover that can be stretched to fit and still maintain its shape and waterproof properties. Partially best: There will be no sacrifice in terms of coziness in your bedroom.

Just Wash It!

We advise against giving it a try yourself, but there are plenty of experts who can clean it. Get in touch with a mattress cleaning service in your area to arrange a time that's most convenient for a house call.

Third, always maintain a pleasant aroma

Remove the mattress from the sheets and open a few windows to prevent musty odors from accumulating. Baking soda can be sprinkled on the cover and then vacuumed up if odors are particularly bad.

4. Use a fitted sheet to prevent dust from settling in your mattress

Fitted sheets are the best way to keep debris like dust and dead skin off of your mattress. This will prevent dust mites from making your bed their new home and, in turn, keep your allergies at bay.

Turn your mattress once every few months

Every six months, in addition to regular cleaning, you can rotate your mattress head to foot (180 degrees) to ensure even wear, but you should never flip a Casper mattress because doing so can cause permanent damage. Casper mattresses are designed to provide optimal comfort without the hassle of flipping.

The quality of a bed's setup can also have a significant effect on its longevity. A mattress's foundation is just as crucial as the materials used to construct it. The Casper Mattress and a sturdy metal bed frame are what you need.  

We've decided to look for a new mattress instead. You can find a mattress to suit your needs and budget among our five available models. Seek out your future wife/husband/girlfriend now!

Questions & Answers on Mattress Hygiene

Mattress cleaning got you stumped? See if your mattress-cleaning worries are addressed by reading the responses to some of the most frequently asked questions.  

What Brings About the Mattress's Yellowing

Urine, sweat, food preservatives, and other bodily fluids are the most frequent culprits in the appearance of unsightly yellow stains on a mattress. Mattresses will naturally lose their color after some time has passed. In order to remove urine and sweat from a mattress, you should blot the affected area (instead of scrubbing). ), then spray the affected area with a vinegar solution and let it sit for at least 10 to 15 minutes. Baking soda should be applied to a stained area and left to sit for 8-10 hours. When the baking soda is dry, you can finally vacuum it up.

What is the best way to clean a mattress with baking soda and vinegar?

There are ways to clean your mattress even if all you have at your disposal are household items like vinegar and baking soda. Clean your mattress with a solution of two parts water, one part vinegar, and a splash of laundry detergent.

Once you have removed all of the cleaning solution from the mattress, sprinkle baking soda on top to neutralize any lingering odors.  

Sanitizing a mattress: what's the best way to go about it?

Mattresses can be cleaned with vinegar, baking soda, and hydrogen peroxide, but sanitizing and disinfecting them may require more effort. Some common practices for sterilizing a bed include:

  • Purification equipment that uses focused steam
  • Disinfectant spray that doesn't contain bleach
  • Enzyme-based cleaners, which are specifically designed to

Try hanging your sheets outside in the sun to dry if you need a thorough cleaning. When compared to using a dryer, sun-drying your sheets may be more effective at eliminating any lingering bacteria because of the antibacterial properties of UV rays. Keep in mind that not all germs can be eliminated with a simple hang dry.

Keeping your mattress in pristine condition is essential if you want to get the most out of the money you spent on it. Maintaining a clean mattress is essential for extending its life and retaining its comfort. Yet, unfortunately, all good things must eventually come to an end. How often should a mattress be replaced? A new mattress should be purchased every 8 to 10 years.

Find a bed that works for your body type and sleeping habits. Casper's mission is to design mattresses that are perfect for those who want to sleep in a temperature-controlled, supportive environment.

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