We always clean our bedroom since this is where we sleep and rest. But have you ever thought of the last time you cleaned your mattress? If you can’t remember it anymore, it’s definitely time to get up and clean it now. And if you have no idea how to start, we have prepared the easiest steps for you to get your mattress cleaned in no time! They’re as follows:
1. Prepare your Weapons
Deep cleaning a mattress requires a few particular materials which are the following:
- Baking soda
- Laundry detergent
- Essential oils (optional)
For removing stains:
- Liquid dish soap
- Hydrogen peroxide
- Cleaning cloth or toothbrush
- Table salt
2. Undress Your Mattress
You need to remove everything on your mattress to finally start the cleaning process from pillows and pillowcases to your bed sheets and mattress pads. After removing everything, you can now start washing them with the laundry detergent you have prepared.
The first thing you need is to put the upholstery attachment to start vacuuming the whole mattress – yes, even the sides. Make sure to get to every corner or bump your mattress may have to make sure no hidden dirt gets left behind.
There’s also a study that says our body has an estimated 30,000 to 40,000 dead skin cells that fall off every hour. So imagine if you multiply those numbers to the number of hours you sleep – that’s how much dead skin cells are left in your mattress every day.
It’s also best to regularly clean your mattress if there’s someone at home who has skin conditions like eczema or psoriasis as the numbers stated above could increase greatly.
4. Get Rid of Stains
Now we’re in the spot cleaning process. You don’t have to use your cleaner for the entire bed, just where you see deep-seated stains.
For urine (human or pet):
- Hydrogen peroxide (2 parts)
- Dish soap (1 part)
- Baking soda (3tbsp.)
For blood stains:
- Table salt (1 tbsp.)
- Liquid dish soap (1 tbsp.)
- Hydrogen peroxide (2oz.)
Mix the ingredients you need and brush (if you opt for a toothbrush) on the stained spot or use a cleaning cloth and wipe the said area that needs cleaning. After that, wipe it off with a dry or damp cloth. Remember not to drench the mattress with your cleaner as it would take a longer time to wait for it to dry out.
5. Sprinkle Baking Soda
When you’re done with spot cleaning, you can now start deodorizing your mattress by sprinkling baking soda all over it. Feel free to sprinkle as much as you want on your mattress. Now, let it sit for at least 4-5 hours or until your time permits you to.
Some say it’s best to let it sit for about 24 hours, but we all know that not all people can wait that long until they have to use their beds again. It could work if you’re about to leave the town or your house for a long time; but if not, let’s just go with 4-5 hours.
You can also put some essential oils for the added smell. It’s a really good idea but it’s all up to your preference or if your health conditions permit.
6. Vacuum Once Again
After 4 hours of waiting for the baking soda to work its magic, you can now vacuum it all up. Make sure to do it thoroughly, especially when you’ve been generous in sprinkling a good amount of baking soda. Get rid of the things you don't use anymore, declutter your home often.
7. Flip It!
Now that we’re sure it’s all dried up, you can flip the mattress and repeat the steps we’ve done on the other side. Well, we can’t just clean one side of the mattress, right? Also, remember to flip your mattress every 6 months, even when you’re not deep cleaning it so that your mattress won’t sag on one side.
Most people do the flipping every 3 months, but it really depends on what type of mattress you have. Therefore, we recommend asking the manufacturer of your mattress regarding this. You can always opt to hire professionals when you’re unsure about the type of mattress you have.