How to clean a mattress
You clean your laundry everyday, but why don’t you consider cleaning your mattress on which you spend at least 8-10 hours a day? When you tuck yourself in, your sweat, dead skin, hair, body oil settles on your mattress. Your mattress impacts your physical and mental health, and thus, it deserves a little care and cleaning.
Steps to remove odor from your mattress
If you feel that your mattress needs to freshen up and does not require extensive cleansing for the removal of stains, then follow the steps:
- Remove all the bedding from your mattresses.
- Start vacuuming the top of your mattress, and after lifting the mattress, the vacuum between your box springs and mattress.
- Take a full cup of baking soda and add a few drops of lavender essential oil before putting the mixture in the strainer. Sprinkle the mixture evenly on your mattress and let it rest for a few minutes and then vacuum the powdery mixture off the mattress.
- If you find any light stains on your mattress, then make a paste of baking soda, salt, and water to clean it. Let the paste remain on the stains for at least 30 minutes, and then wipe it off with a clean, soft cloth.
Steps to remove sweat and urine stains from your mattress
Nighttime incidents like bedwetting can happen when you have kids and veterans in your family. Sweat is also common, especially during the summers, and it leads to staining of your mattress.
- The first step is to make a solution containing 3 percent hydrogen peroxide, a small amount of dishwashing liquid, and 2-3 tablespoons of salt. Stir the mixture and wait until the salt gets completely dissolved in the solution.
- Pour the solution into a spray bottle and then apply it to the stains so that the marks get entirely soaked in the solution.
- Let the mattress dry for a few hours before putting the bedding on. If you see that the drying is taking longer than usual, use a hairdryer with a relaxed setting to speed the process.
Steps to remove blood stains from your mattress
- Take a spray bottle and fill it with a hydrogen peroxide solution.
- Spray it over the blood marks and then use a paper towel to blot and repeat this process until all the bloodstains have gone.
- Allow your mattress to dry for an hour or so, and use the blow dryer if you need it.
Steps to remove vomit stains from your mattress
Vomit stains on a mattress are also quite common, especially if you have kids at home. If you follow this method as soon as possible, all the stain and odor will vanish within an hour.
- Take equal parts of white vinegar and water into a spray bottle.
- Spray it over the stains and then blot it with a soft towel.
- Sprinkle some baking soda over the area to get rid of the foul odor.
Generally, you should clean your mattress once every three months, if you have the time. If you find stains on your mattress, clean it as soon as possible to avoid the stain from settling in.