The average person spends approximately a third of their life in bed. In the time dirt and debris layers on the surface, sweat gets absorbed, skin cells get left behind, and then there is the possibility of additional bodily fluids, pet dander, fur, and all the other particles and contaminants that inflict your mattress. When you put that kind of perspective on it, spending a third of your life in bed seems unsanitary. With that in mind, we at Carpet Care 2000 would like to share a method and advice on how you can keep your mattress cleaned beyond changing the sheets every week or two, and in between your annual professional cleaning.
Mattress Cleaning Tips
1. Vacuum Mattress. Let’s start the process by stripping your bed down. Using your vacuum’s hose and upholstery attachments, thoroughly remove the surface layer of debris. Utilize grid patterns to ensure a detailed clean by starting at the top of the mattress down to the foot of the bed by rows, this ensures thoroughness. Overlap the rows until you have completely vacuumed the top of the mattress and all four sides, skip the bottom right now, we will get there in a methodical approach.
2. Deodorize Mattress. Whether you can detect the odors from your mattress or have grown accustomed to them, mattresses will eventually begin to omit harsh smells, typically due to sweat. To prevent odors from evolving, or to get them neutralized, sprinkle baking soda generously over the entire top of the mattress and work it in with a medium firm scrub brush. If you like to enhance your bedroom with fragrances, add a few drops of essential oils to the baking soda. After you work the baking soda in, allow it to sit for 10 minutes.
3. Repeat Vacuuming of Mattress. After you have allowed the baking soda to absorb the odors, repeat the thorough vacuum method to make certain you have removed all of the baking soda.
4. Mattress Stain Removal. Mattresses do not usually get stained, but when they do the three most common stains on mattresses are blood, urine, and additional bodily fluids. It’s always optimal to treat stains immediately, but sometimes they are unnoticed. Do not use hot water as it can set in stains. Below are specific stain removal tips.
– Dried blood: Mix together ¼ cup hydrogen peroxide, 1 TBS liquid dish soap, and 1 TBS salt until you have made a thick paste. With light pressure, rub the paste into the stains and allow it to dry. Once dried, scrape the crust off and disposed of it properly. If blood stain residues persist, dip a white cloth into pure hydrogen peroxide and blot out the remaining blood.
– Urine: Urine is can be a challenge, but still possible to remove. Dissolve 3 TBS baking soda in 8 oz (1 Cup) of hydrogen peroxide and add 1-2 drops of liquid dish soap. Do not over saturate your mattress, but sponge the formula onto the stain and blot it out.
– Additional body fluids (vomit, slobber, etc): Prop a window up to help with ventilation and blot the stain with concentrated and unscented household ammonia. Do not over saturate your mattress. Rinse with a clean, damp cloth and sprinkle baking soda to remove the excess moisture, and vacuum the area once it is dry.
5. Flip Mattress. Flip the mattress on the back side and rotate the mattress, repeat the cleaning and deodorizing steps, and if needed the stain removal.
6. Additional Protection. For additional protection against stains and buildup, invest in a mattress treated to repel water is it makes mattress cleaning far more simple.
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When your mattress is due for a cleaning, contact Carpet Care 2000 and let our experts utilize high-powered equipment and strong and effective detergents to get your mattress clean, sanitized and deodorized.