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How to Clean a Mattress

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When last did you clean your mattress? The issue of how to clean a mattress is one that will come up every few years. The methods that we are going to share are simple to use and wonderfully cost effective.

With these easy tips, cleaning a mattress will be a breeze!

Linens and mattress covers are not enough when it comes to protecting your mattress from invisible dust mites, dead skin cells and sweat, at least, linens and covers are not a long term solution. Every once in a while, you need to strip your bed and give it a refreshing clean. This guide includes tips about the simplest methods for cleaning a mattress so you can put your mind at ease about what you are resting your head on every night.

Cleaning your mattress is exceptionally important, especially when you know how dirty they actually get! Read more to find out about how to clean a mattress!The thing is, as, with many things in our rushed lives, the care that we give to our mattress is a rushed affair; cleaning our mattress is a chore that few of us have the time or desire to do. In fact, for many of us, the care of our mattresses is so overlooked that thoughts of mattress cleaning are usually completely forgotten when it comes time for a clean.

We are passionate about beds, mattresses and all of the accessories that happen to go along with it. And because we care so much about the state of your bed, we are going to give you some quick and easy advice for the care of your mattress. So without further ado, here is your guide on how to clean a mattress.

1. Vacuum the mattress first

A vacuum cleaner with an upholstery attachment is guaranteed to be a big help!If you don’t own a vacuum cleaner but you have always wanted to own one, now is the time to think a bit more about that very much worthwhile investment. Most vacuum cleaners these days come with an upholstery attachment and this attachment is really going to be making the biggest difference when it comes to your mattress cleaning.

The way to get going is to start at the top of your mattress and then work your way across the surface and down to the bottom. Keep your movements narrow so that you don’t miss a single bit of the mattress and you will have the surface vacuumed up in no time.

An upholstery attachment is not going to be damaging your mattress fabrics in any way, but this attachment will remove all of those bits of fluff, dust and anything else that might be settling on the mattress.

2. Tackle the stains

Using natural enzymes is the most environmentally friendly way to get rid of tough stains.Blood, mud or an unexpected accident, mattresses can get stained for all sorts of reasons. Your mattress might get stains from all sorts of things, and if you are cleaning your child’s mattress then you might have to clean urine stains as well. While accidents might happen, it is good to know that they won’t be on your mattress forever.

Here are some of the best ways to get rid of stains:

  • Create a mixture using liquid dish wash, baking soda, and hydrogen peroxide, and place it in a spray bottle. Spray the mixture onto the stained areas and give it a rub with a cloth or blot the stain firmly. The stain should move from the mattress to the rag of cloth.
  • Find a natural enzyme cleaner to naturally clean the stain by breaking down the chemical content of the stain. Citrus cleaners are usually a great option and you can easily make your own natural cleaner.
  • Combine lemon juice and salt, and mix it until it becomes a paste. Apply it to the stain and let it sit for 30 – 60 minutes. Then wipe off the mixture or vacuum it up.

3. Deodorise the mattress

Deodorising your mattress will leave it smelling new again.Our mattresses really have to handle a whole lot more than we think that they do. During the night, our bodies will sweat onto the mattress and over time, this can create a stale odour. Pets on the bed can also contribute to the bed acquiring an odour.

So once you have vacuumed the mattress and removed the stains, you should be considering deodorising the bed.

Baking soda is a versatile product and by sprinkling it onto your mattress and then using a brush to work it in, you can get rid of all unpleasant smells. You can add a bit of your favourite essential oil to the soda to give the mattress a delightful smell (be sure to add the oil to the baking soda before putting it onto the bed). Baking soda can take out most smells and once you have left the baking soda on the bed for an hour or so, you can vacuum the mattress again to effectively remove all of the baking soda.

4. Apply sunlight

Sunlight is the best medicine for a dirty mattressNever underestimate the power of the sun as a cleaning agent. UV rays from the sun can remove just about any stains and there is possibly no better way to refresh your mattress than by placing it outside in the fresh air. This is a great method to use if you are able to and it is completely harmless to both the mattress and the environment while being minimal work for you.

5. Flip the mattress

Once your mattress has been given that amazing clean, you can give it a flip. Depending on the type of mattress you have bought, you might not have to flip it at all, so make sure that you know if yours can be flipped before you turn it over. This action can give your mattress some new vitality and is recommended for those who own a “flip-able” mattress.

This is the quickest and easiest guide to getting your mattress clean. If you would prefer to not have to clean your mattress then you might want to buy a mattress cover which will prevent accidents from happening. Mattress covers will usually be waterproof and can be cleaned as often as you like.

The next time you are doing a spring cleaning around the home, be sure to have your mattress on your list of things to do. And keep this article about how to clean a mattress in mind, it will help you every time your mattress needs a clean.


The Mattress Warehouse has a range of incredible beds for you to choose from. Your mattress should be replaced every 7 years or so, but taking good care of your mattress is guaranteed to give it a long life.

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