The Three-Step Process for Spotless Mattresses
It's no surprise that mattresses don't have a fresh, summery aroma after we sleep on them night after night, what with all the sweat, dirt, and dead skin we leave behind. A mattress can be cleaned quickly and easily in a way that gets rid of not only dirt and moisture but also lingering odors.
If your own bed(s) could use a good deep cleaning, I'll be showing you how to do it in today's post. I'll also discuss the best ways to prevent future stains and maintain a clean mattress.
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Mattress Care Instructions
First, remove all bedding from your mattress.
You must empty the mattress of all its contents before you can clean it. Take off your bed's adornments, including but not limited to blankets, sheets, mattress cover, memory foam mattress topper, etc. When you clean your mattress, you can also toss all that other stuff in the washer. )
Create a cleaning powder with baking soda, and then sprinkle it on the mattress.
Then, combine one cup of baking soda and four to five drops of essential oil in a jar to make a mattress cleaning powder. (Lavender essential oil is a safe bet if you're looking for a calming aroma, but other essential oil blends like Defend and Simple Clean are also wonderful choices. )
Put the lid back on the jar and give it a good shake to combine. In order to adequately cover a king-sized mattress with the baking soda mixture, you may need to double the recipe.
Then, spread a thin layer of the baking soda cleaning powder all over your mattress by sprinkling, shaking, or sifting it. In this case, a shaker top for your jar would come in very handy. If you don't have a shaker top, a sieve with a fine mesh will do in a pinch.
Just wait an hour before you touch it.
Don't disturb the powder for at least an hour to give the baking soda and essential oils time to work their magic and thoroughly clean your mattress. While the essential oils kill germs and dust mites, the baking soda will remove moisture and oils from your mattress.
Using the upholstery tool, vacuum the area thoroughly.
If your vacuum has an upholstery attachment, use it now, after the cleaning powder has had time to do its job. To get rid of the baking soda, dust mites, and dead skin from your mattress, use your vacuum on a low setting and go slowly over the area.
That's all there is to it You can restore the cleanliness and freshness of your bed simply by vacuuming the mattress. You should follow this procedure once a month at the very least to deep clean your mattress, get rid of any musty odors, and maintain a healthy and clean sleeping environment.
Mattress Stain Removal Guide
Quick action, the appropriate stain remover, and patience will yield the best results when dealing with mattress stains. In this section, we'll delve deeper into each of these aspects and explain why you shouldn't overlook them.
1. Get to work right away to ensure complete stain removal.
The sooner a stain is attended to and treated, the more easily it can be eradicated. On the flip side, the longer a stain has time to set into your mattress, the harder it will be to get out.
Removing as much of the staining substance as possible is an important part of treating a stain quickly. That includes removing any debris by picking it up, scraping it off, or soaking up any liquid with a dry towel.
Use the Appropriate Cleaning Agent
The type of stain being removed determines the optimal stain remover to use. Enzyme cleaners are useful for removing organic stains, such as blood and urine, by breaking down organic proteins.
Vinegar and baking soda can be an effective cleaning solution for odorous stains like body oil, sweat, and others. For best results, spray your mattress with white vinegar from a spray bottle and let it sit before moving on to Step 3 of the cleaning process I described earlier. This will allow the vinegar to neutralize any lingering odors before you sprinkle baking soda on top to absorb any remaining moisture, odors, or stains.
Finally, hydrogen peroxide works wonders on a wide variety of mattress stains. If you're worried that hydrogen peroxide might bleach your mattress because it can have a bleaching effect on fabrics that aren't color-fast, you can always do a spot test.
It's also not a good idea to use dish soap to clean mattress stains because it's hard to get the soap completely out of the fibers. The dish soap residue can attract more dirt to the mattress if it is not completely removed. You shouldn't use the dish soap you keep in the kitchen to clean the mattress. :-)
Allow the cleaning product to sit and do its job.
Last but not least, cleaning your mattress thoroughly requires a little bit of patience. Wait a few minutes after applying your cleaning product of choice before blotting or doing anything else.
Stains, in particular, often respond best to cleaners when they are given some time to work. Time is required for stain removers to work, but once they do, the stain can be removed much more quickly and easily than it would be without them.
Be patient after removing a stain from your mattress, as it will need time to dry completely before you can put anything back on it. Avoid covering a wet mattress, as this can trap moisture inside and promote the growth of mold and bacteria. So wait until you know for sure that your mattress is dry before replacing your mattress cover, sheets, and other bedding items.
Extra! Two Ways to Maintain a Clean Mattress
Now that the stains on your mattress are gone, what are you supposed to do? Here are some helpful hints for maintaining a clean mattress and avoiding the development of stains and unpleasant odors.
First, protect your mattress with a cover.
Everything from sweat and urine to dust mites and more can find their way into your mattress and make you sick. However, if you invest in a good mattress protector, you won't have to worry about these or any other unwanted guests.
The easiest and most cost-effective way to maintain a clean mattress is to use a mattress protector. Select a mattress protector that can be washed in the machine so that you can refresh it as needed, or every three to six months.
Second, rotate it frequently by flipping it over.
Mattresses should be rotated and flipped regularly to prevent wear and to facilitate cleanliness. Stains and odors caused by sweat and body oils are much more difficult to remove if they are trapped in one area of the mattress for an extended period of time.
However, conventional wisdom holds that if you flip your mattress every three to six months, you will notice a reduction in odor and staining and find it easier to clean. You can still get some benefit from rotating your mattress 180 degrees rather than flipping it if it has a specialized top layer.
Do you have any advice on how to clean a mattress or get stains out of a mattress?
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- 1 Cup Soda Bicarbonate, or Baking Soda
- In a jar, combine 1 cup of baking soda with 4 to 5 drops of essential oils. Seal the jar tightly and give it a good shake to combine the ingredients.
- Take off all of the bedding on your bed, including the blankets, sheets, mattress protector, memory foam topper, and anything else.
- Spread the cleaning powder evenly over your mattress by shaking or sifting it. Don't touch the mattress for at least an hour so the cleaning powder can do its job.
- Remove the cleaning powder and dirt and grime from your mattress by vacuuming them up carefully and thoroughly.
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