Spring Cleaning: Mattresses

Beautyrest Silver level 1Welcome to our second installment of Spring Cleaning!  Last week, we discussed pillows but this week we are on to mattresses!  Cleaning your mattress may seem like a daunting task, but I can assure you that it will pay off in the end.  Mattresses are one of the most used objects in our home so it’s no question that every once in a while they need some love in return.  And plus, mattresses tend to collect some pretty creepy, crawly things that I’m pretty sure no one wants sleeping with them every night.

So, here are a few tips for how to freshen up your sleeping space:

  • Vacuum it! – While this advice may seem silly, it is a very efficient way to keep dust and dirt off of your bed.  Just use the upholstery attachment to give your mattress a quick clean.spring cleaning mattress
  • Specialized cleaners – Upholstery cleaners are great because they help get rid of dust mites and are made especially to clean surfaces that come in contact with skin.  Enzyme cleaners are useful for getting rid of any bothersome stains, especially those caused by urine. Spot clean your mattress with your cleaner of choice by spraying the spots moderately. Then with a clean, cold, wet sponge or cloth, dab the spot to pick up the cleaner and the stain.
  • Lay your mattress in the sun – Giving your mattress a “suntan” will help dry out any mold or mildew that may have accrued over time.  Moisture in mattresses is unavoidable, but laying it in the sun should solve some of the problem. Also, using a mattress protector can help protect your mattress from moisture and stains. If laying your mattress outside isn’t an option, you can lay your mattress in a room with lots of natural light with the windows open.
  • Common disinfectants – These should help kill any of the spores from mold and mildew that linger after you’ve dried it out and vacuumed it.
  • Citrus cleaners – These fruity cleaners are perfect for removing stains caused by colorful drinks, as well as other unidentified mattress stains.  But remember! After you spray, be sure to blot, not rub, the cleaner out of the mattress with a clean towel.
  • Baking soda – Baking soda works great for deodorizing your mattress and removing stains such as urine. Click here for useful instructions on how to clean stains such as urine with baking soda to clean and deodorize your mattress.
  • Get a new one! – Feel like you can clean and clean, but your mattress will never be quite what it once was?  Maybe it’s time to break up with your mattress.  Talk to our sleep experts to find the perfect replacement.

For further reading on cleaning your mattress, check out our blog post on how to clean your mattress.

Hope this installment of Spring Cleaning clears up some of your mattress cleaning mysteries!

Cheers and sleep well.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in April 2014 and has been revamped and updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness March 2017.

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