Buying a secondhand mattress can be risky. Soft surfaces can trap allergens like cigarette smoke and pet dander and there are other activities that take place on a mattress that you might not want to know about. But if you’re on a budget, it may be your only option and that’s okay because there are steps you can take to get it clean.
Avoid Mattresses with Yellow Pee, Sweat & Other Bodily Fluid Stains
Avoid mattresses that have stains on them. Stains are almost impossible to remove and may have hazardous pathogens in them. Not to mention the yuck factor that goes along with stains on a mattress. Urine odors are almost always permanent, and breastmilk or blood can spoil and lead to worse odors. The only time you should let a stain slide is if you trust the person you get the mattress from and can assure you that the stain isn’t a bodily fluid but rather a stain from wine or soda, for example.
Use a hand-held vacuum to pick up any dust dirt skin hair, etc.
Spritz Mattress with Disinfectant Spray
Spray the entire mattress with a disinfectant spray. Make sure the surface of the mattress feels slightly damp and allow it to dry. You can use a fan to speed the process up or let the mattress sit in the sun if it’s hot and dry out. Turn the mattress over and repeat on the other side.
Febreze Fabric Refresher for Mattress
Turn the mattress back and use a fabric refresher like Febreze and then do the same on the other side. Use a fan or the sun to get it to dry faster. After the mattress is completely dry, cover it with a mattress pad. This will ensure that you’re not in contact with any icky material that may be left lingering.
Another way to deodorize a mattress is to sprinkle some baking soda over the entire surface. If it’s the first time you’re cleaning your mattress then don’t be afraid to use an entire 1-pound box. Let the baking soda sit for 24 hours for the best results. Placing the mattress close to a window allows the sunlight to add to the sanitizing process. Use the upholstery attachment on your vacuum cleaner to go over the mattress. Adding a mattress pad between the cover and the bottom sheet is a great way to absorb moisture.
Mattress Cleaning & More in Tracy, Livermore, San Ramon, Dublin, Mountain House, Walnut Creek, Danville & the East Bay of California
Your mattress is the dirtiest object that you come in close contact with and needs to be deep cleaned on a regular basis. Cleaning your mattress, a couple of times a year can help keep your bedroom fresh. You will sleep more pleasantly and productively by doing so. When a mattress is well taken care of it will last longer and can help prevent nasty and expensive pest infestations. Your mattress may look clean but can be very soiled and potentially dangerous to your health. This goes for a mattress that is only a few months old to one that is several years old. Professional mattress cleaning uses a powerful deep-cleaning process to thoroughly clean and sanitize your mattress and ensures a good night’s sleep. Call Carpet Care 2000 for professional mattress cleaning.