It’s the source of comfort and rest. It’s where you come every night to lay your weary head. It’s also the place were pounds of dead skin cells and dust mites accumulate over years of use. That’s right, pounds. In fact, your mattress could double its weight over the course of a few years. Not only is this gross, but this excess of ick can actually cause respiratory problems ranging from a chronically stuffy nose (especially in the morning) to trouble breathing.
While undeniably disturbing and disgusting, there’s a way to prevent and remedy the problems caused by a dirty mattress: clean it, and clean it regularly. Fitted sheets can alleviate some of the stress on your mattress, but this doesn’t mean the mattress itself doesn’t need to be cleaned now and then – especially when you don’t wash your sheets enough and they become overloaded with gunk.
How often should you wash your mattress?
The answer to this question depends on how factors like the oiliness of your skin, your lifestyle, as well as how much you sweat in your sleep. If you smoke in your home and/or sweat a lot and have oily skin, for instance, you’ll want to clean your mattress three or even four times a year. However, if you’re not prone to sleep sweats, don’t smoke and have normal to dry skin, twice a year could do the trick.
How to Clean Your Mattress: Clean, Deodorize, and Remove Stains
Take all the bed sheets and comforters off your bed and put them aside to be laundered.
Vacuum your mattress. This will remove loose hair, dirt and any food crumbs that are laying around.
Next up, you’re going to tackle those stains. Chances are, they’ve been on there awhile, so club soda isn’t going to cut it. Instead, use shaving cream to lift stains from your mattress. You’re going to want to apply it, and let it sit for half an hour before dabbing the treated area with a clean cloth. You may need to apply the treatment again, but in most cases, you shouldn’t have to.
If you want a homemade stain removal solution that’s suited for the sorts of stains caused by bodily functions (sweat, oil production, excretions), then use two parts hydrogen peroxide, one part baking soda and one part liquid dish soap. Combine them in a handheld spray bottle, and apply to the affected area. Wait 15 minutes, then blot the stains away.
Removing any lingering odours is the next odour of business. Simple sprinkle some baking soda over your mattress and allow it to sit for two to three hours. Not only will this soak up any excess liquid from the stain removal process, but it will help eliminate smells. When the time has elapsed, vacuum the mattress again to remove the excess power.
If you can, it’s a good idea to give your mattress some air. The UV and heat will do wonders to make sure your mattress is completely dry. It will also kill any remaining bacteria.
Send for help
If you’ve done all this, and your mattress still looks stained and has an unpleasant smell, don’t throw it on the curb just yet. Buying a new mattress is expensive, but hiring a professional service to come in and give it an intense clean can prolong the life of your mattress by years – and save you serious money. Trust us. We’ve been cleaning mattresses for decades, and have extended the lives of many with powerful professional tools and solutions.
The treatments and equipment used by our team of pros is far more effective than any home remedy, so if you want to make sure the job is done with expert precision, then hire the experts. While a DIY home cleaning can work if you’ve taken measures to protect your mattress from the beginning, it can fall short on a mattress that needs a heavy-duty clean.