Approximately a third of life is spent sleeping for the average person. Having enough, uninterrupted, sound sleep is important for your health and the last thing you need is your mattress keeping you from sleep. Your mattress can impact your sleep in more ways than you may think. Beyond the right support, the mattress affects the oxygen your cells take in as they rest and recuperate. Mattresses collect allergens, contaminants, and all manner of debris and most commonly sweat, dead skin, stains, dirt, dust mites, and often enough to mention, insects. Over the course of weeks, months, and years, this gunk will seep through the linens and mattress pad, making the mattress an unhealthy place to spend time as well as a source impacting the indoor air quality. Considering this information, we at Carpet Care 2000 would like to continue to elaborate on why and how the mattresses should be cleaned.
Mattress Cleaning Schedule
Home care maintenance should be done every six months. Scheduling the ritual in the spring and fall can better prepare you for the upcoming season. For professional cleaning, annual is ideal. Be sure to flip/rotate the mattress when you clean the mattress yourself to distribute the wear.
How to Clean a Used Mattress
Gather a vacuum cleaner and the upholstery attachment, lemon juice, salt, baking soda, essential oil fragrance (optional), and you will need to plan the cleaning where you won’t need the mattress for several hours. There are pre-made mattress cleaning options at your local department store, if you chose this option, be sure to follow the label’s directions.
1) Wash the bedding. Remove all of the bedding and launder them according to their label, include the pillowcases as you wash the linens. If you are not concerned about the dye bleeding, washing them in hot water will ensure the bacteria and other organisms are eliminated.
Tip: A mattress cover is a wise solution to minimize the mattress’s contaminants and stains. They help absorb moisture and help prevent pests.
2) Vacuum. Use the upholstery attachment to strategically and thoroughly vacuum the entire surface of the mattress including the sides and back as well as in the crevices. A grid pattern can ensure thoroughness to get all the crumbs, dirt, hair, dust, and other debris.
3) Treat any spots or stains. There can be a number of stains from spilled liquid, sweat, blood, or urine stains if your kids are still small. These stains have also likely been festering awhile, making them fairly challenging to remove. Create a paste with the lemon juice and salt and gently rub the mixture into any spots/stains and let it deep into the fabric for 30-60 minutes. Wipe clean with a rag or towel to reveal a noticeably lighter spot. Keep in mind this is a natural bleaching agent, use caution on dark mattress’s as it can lighten the mattress’s color. For less lightening, or to remove the remainder of the spot, combine a few drops of hydrogen peroxide, ½ tsp of mild liquid dish detergent and water in a spray bottle. Spray the spots/stains to lightly dampen the are – do not over-saturate, let the mixture sit for up to 15 minutes. Use a clean, water-damp rag to blot away the stains. This might take a few repeat attempts and elbow grease, but you should get the spots out.
4) Sanitize and deodorize. To eliminate odor molecules, generously sprinkle baking soda over the surface and let it do its job for several hours, if possible, 24 hours is best (or if you are going to be gone for the weekend). It will destroy odors and germs. If you have a favorite essentials oil, mix about 20 drops into the baking soda before sprinkling it on the surface. Completely vacuum the remnants off the surface after the allotted time and remake your bed with freshly laundered linens.