Have you cleaned your mattress lately? I have to admit that it’s been a while for me.
I just added it to the Ultimate Spring Cleaning Checklist and my cleaning schedule so I can remember to clean our mattress every year.
But if you never-ever-ever want to remember to clean your mattress, get a great mattress cover protector and put it on your mattress the second you buy it.
If you don’t have a mattress cover, clean your mattress first and then cover it up.
Why clean a mattress?
Did you know that the average mattress has a bazillon dust mites? Okay…not really a bazillion. But I’ve read it’s a LOT. The thought of dust mights give me the heebie jeebies. So does the thought of sweat and other bodily fluids that could seep into the mattress. It’s just plain gross.
So, even though it’s not fun, take a few minute to clean your mattress every year.
Quick cleaning tips:
Thankfully, there’s no need to buy any expensive concoction or chemicals just to get rid of odors and dust mites. Some common household products can be used to clean your mattress.
Here are some tips to help keep your mattress in good condition.
- Strip away all the sheets then toss your beddings in the washing machine. Check that off for an easy one!
- Take the mattress outside on a bright, sunny day and let it dry out/air out in the sun. Of course this only works is it’s a small mattress and/or you have a lot of strong people to carry it out.
- Flip or rotate your bed every few months to avoid sagging and to to help prevent permanent wear spots. Here’s a quick way to remember when to just flip or when to flip-and-rotate.
- Make sure you use a great mattress cover on every mattress in your home and wash it exactly according to the instructions so you don’t void the warranty.
Clean your mattress with a baking soda solution:
If you just want to freshen up your mattress a bit, baking soda is a good option. I did this when we first brought our mattress home. Yes, the mattress that sinks in the middle.
- Sprinkle baking soda over the mattress.
- Rub it in gently with your hands and let it sit for a while.
- Vacuum the baking soda up using the hose end of your upholstery attachment.
Clean urine stains from your mattress with a vinegar solution:
When you have kids, there’s a good chance you might have to do more than freshen up their mattress. Accidents happen, right? Here’s a good solution to try to clean urine spots from a mattress.
- Soak up as much of the urine as you can with a towel.
- Add a couple drops of dishwashing liquid in a cup full of vinegar and stir.
- Wet a sponge or washcloth with the mixture; wring out most of the liquid until it’s almost damp.
- Dab the spot with the wet sponge.
- Let sit for a few minutes.
- Take another cloth and pull up as much of the soap that you can.
- Sprinkle the area with cornstarch and let sit for about an hour.
- Vacuum the cornstarch up using the hose end of your upholstery attachment.
Clean blood stains from your mattress with Hydrogen Peroxide:
- Pour hydrogen peroxide into a spray bottle.
- Spray the hydrogen peroxide directly to the blood stain.
- Blot dry the bubbling area.
- Repeat if necessary.
- Let dry before replacing bedding.
Cleaning your mattress isn’t really that difficult. But it’s definitely one extra step to remember. Put it in your cleaning schedule as a repeating item every year so you don’t forget!
I’d love to know…have you ever cleaned your mattress?