Here is an interesting fact: you spend one-third of your life sleeping. To put things in perspective, on average, the time you spend on top of your mattress is:
And that’s a lot of time. Here is another fact: the cleanliness of your mattress affects the quality of your sleep.
Think of your bedroom as a mini ecosystem in which your mattress plays a lead role. Keeping it clean will get you better sleep, thus greater body recovery.
Here, you will learn how to clean and maintain your mattress. You will also understand:
(Since this guide is quite long, you can use these links to jump to each section.)
We’ll look into almost every cleaning technique that exists out there. You’ll also have the chance to get a few cleaning tips directly from a professional in the field.
Using this knowledge, you can maintain your bedroom mattress or any custom mattress out there in a top condition, thus have a healthier sleep.
* These handy tips on mattress cleaning were wrapped up with the helpful advice of Dean Davies, professional at the upholstery and mattress cleaning of FantasticServices.com.
So, here is how you can clean and maintain your mattress!
How to Upkeep and Care for Your Mattress
If you are still unsure whether you need to clean your mattress, let me share two extremely eww reasons why you should:
- There is a study which reveals that a typical mattress can hold from 100,000 to 10 million mites. Although these nasty crawlies are harmless, their droppings and body fragments can get you a cold.
- Dust mites are responsible for most of the allergies in your home according to “The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America” (AAFA)
Eww bonus reason: Another thing you may find simultaneously amusing and gross, is that nearly 10% of the weight of a 2-year-old-pillow can be made of dead mites and their excrements. Creepy, eh?
Luckily, with some elbow grease, you can keep your mattress neat.
All you’ve got to do is to embrace some new habits and add the mattress upkeep to your maintenance to-do list.
Upkeep habits to implement in your maintenance routine
Note: Rotating your mattress on a regular basis can increase its lifespan by up to 3-5 years.
How to Clean Dust Mites From a Mattress
Dust mites are eight-legged microscopic crawling creatures which you can’t see with an unarmed eye. They love humans and our bedding space because they feed with flakes of dead human skin.
Gross, I know.
“Dust mites love humid and warm environments, and if the humidity in your bedroom is around 80% (which is relatively high, though), then you probably have them on your mattress, bedding, pillows, and sheets.
This means you could end up with a property 100% infested. If you’re planning to rent or sale, it would affect the final price considerably ” Mark, a property expert at AccelerateHomes.co.uk.
Fear not. There are ways to fight them. You could:
When it comes to mattresses, you will have to rely on the heat in order to kill the dust mites.
To do that, use the hot wash settings on your washing machine for the bed sheets. Make sure you are washing them frequently enough. While the mattress is free of any sheets, vacuum it thoroughly using the brush attachment.
Extra read: See how they are secretly ruining your home.
How to Clean Bed Bugs From a Mattress
So now you are probably sitting there and asking yourself: “Aren’t bed bugs these small insects who feed by sucking human blood?”
Sadly, you are right.
But unlike dust mites, the bed bugs are relatively easy to spot. They are up to 5mm long and are red/brown colored. Also, they leave black or brown stains whenever they poop.
To fight them, simply use the exact cleaning technique as you would for fighting dust mites -- use high temperature to wash your bed sheets and thoroughly vacuum your mattress.
How to Disinfect a Mattress to Ensure a Healthier Sleep
Just like your body needs a detox once in awhile, the same applies to your mattress. It is always a good idea to disinfect your newly bought mattress or disinfect a used piece.
To do that, follow these steps:
How to Remove Unpleasant Odors and Lingering Smells
You can’t have a quality rest if your nose receptors keep alerting you because of unpleasant odors lingering from your mattress.
To please your receptors and remove the bad smell, simply:
How to Clean Blood Stains From a Mattress
Protein-based stains like vomit, blood, and urine require immediate action. The faster you tackle a protein stain, the better result you will achieve. Here is how you can clean blood stains from a mattress:
How to Clean Vomit Stains From a Mattress
Although this process is not pleasant, sometimes it is just necessary. See how you can make sure you’ve removed any signs of vomit from your favorite mattress:
Note: The above technique works for vomit stains from both pet and human source.
How to Clean Sweat Stains From a Mattress
As part of our physiological needs, we sweat during our sleep. Our bodies can produce up to a liter of sweat during only a single night.
Guess where this water is going? It is soaked up in your bedding and mattress!
To avoid any mold and mildew growth, you should tackle liquids on your mattress as soon as possible.
But... but... if we are sweating that much every night, shouldn’t we clean our mattresses every day?!?
That would be great, but it is a scenario which is extremely less likely to happen. So what to do?
Create your own cleaning solution, of course!
How to Clean Urine Stains From a Mattress
If your pets had an accident on your mattress, don’t get mad at them. There is a simple way to remove those urine stains from the mattress:
Note: The above technique is also applicable in cases when children are prone to bed-wetting.
Use foam shaving cream as a stain remover
The magic is behind its consistency. Foam shaving cream is made of denatured alcohol which makes it an efficient stain remover.
Simply apply a layer on the affected area and let it sit for 15-20 minutes. Take a wet cloth and wipe away the foam. Then make a solution from ½ vinegar and ½ water, and rinse the stain thoroughly.
Opt for an enzyme-based cleaner
Usually, you should have your issues resolved by now, but if your cleaning efforts have failed, try an enzyme cleaner, such as Nature’s Miracle which is available at most of the pet stores.
Cornstarch against bad odors
To remove odors from a natural source, make a paste using cornstarch and the mighty baking soda. Cornstarch does a great job of absorbing body oils, while the baking soda helps for disinfection.
“Along with mattresses, all of our upholstered items need regular upkeep in order to look good, especially if you have pets or small children.
If you don’t have the time to do it yourself, I suggest getting your mattress and upholstery items deep cleaned at least once a year by a professional. “ - Harley Ward, part of the team behind the Casper mattress review.
Nothing helped me. What should I do?
In case you’ve tried your best using the mentioned methods but still can’t get rid of stains from your mattress, maybe it is time to get some professional help.
An experienced mattress cleaner or reputable mattress cleaning company will have tackled and removed more stains than you could think of.
Their experience in the field is essential in such cases. Getting someone to clean your mattress is not free, but it is definitely cheaper than buying a new one.
Well, this was a long post. Let me summarize it for you. In short, you should:
Now it is time to take care of your bed and turn it into a sleep sanctuary. Keeping your mattress clean along with your bedding sheets, pillows, and covers will help you sleep and rest better. So, accept the mattress care as an investment in your healthy sleep.