October 19, 2022
How to Clean & Freshen Mattresses
Mattresses require a little maintenance to keep them comfy and clean but when an accident happens, it’s also helpful to know how to clean it quickly. Through this post you’ll find easy mattress maintenance tips and how to clean and freshen your mattress.
PREVENTION : USE A MATTRESS PAD
To cut down on the potential for stains, use a mattress protector (I like this 100% organic one) and launder it regularly with your sheets. Look for a mattress protector that inhibits dust and dust mites on and in your mattress. Just this little add-on to your bedding repertoire will keep your mattress cleaner longer and make it much easier to maintain.
MAINTENANCE : ROTATE YOUR MATTRESS
Rotate your mattress every three to six months to keep the distribution of padding and foam consistent throughout the mattress. Most mattresses can only be rotated from top to bottom and not flipped over. This is a Rotating Task – grab a Homekeeping Planner or join Homekeeping Society for help staying on top of these deep cleaning tasks.
MAINTENANCE : VACUUM YOUR MATTRESS
Remove dust and dust mites from the surface of the mattress when you rotate your mattress by vacuuming the top of your mattress. Make sure that the nozzle of your vacuum cleaner is clean and slowly vacuum all of the crevices and the surface to eliminate any dust mites and dust. Sounds gross but this is a necessary step in cleaning your mattress. If you use a waterproof, sealed mattress pad this is a quick and easy step.
If you get a stain on your mattress you can carefully blot it up with a clean, dry towel and then use warm water and a little dish soap or laundry detergent to clean the surface stain. Laundry Detergent Spray is GREAT for this! Be careful not to get the foam of the mattress wet as this will not dry quickly. If your stain is large or stubborn you can use an upholstery cleaning attachment on a carpet cleaner to clean the area. Blot up any extra water with a clean towel and place a fan near the mattress to quickly dry it. Repeat if necessary. Biokleen Bac-Out is another great product for stain and odor removal. If it’s convenient and the weather is nice you can also bring your mattress outside if possible to dry it as well.
If your mattress needs a little freshening up, you can use the new Multi-Use Cleaning & Freshening Powder – simply sprinkle on the mattress, let it sit for 15-30 minutes, and vacuum with the hose or upholstery attachment.
Alternatively, you can sprinkle about a 1/4 cup of baking soda that has been mixed with 2-3 drops of your favorite essential oils all over the surface of your mattress. Let this sit for about 30 minutes and vacuum it up with the hose or upholstery attachment on your vacuum cleaner.
Knowing how to clean your mattress and protect it with some easy maintenance, this will ensure that your investment lasts longer and you’ll sleep better too. Here are a couple more posts you might find helpful – How to Wash a Comforter or Duvet (at home) and Favorites for an Easy to Make Bed.
I have made the mistake of NOT adding a mattress protector to our latex mattress and I have noticed stains under both top body/head areas where my husband and I sleep (body oil and sweat?) Which would be the best way to try to remove or lessen these stains? Will be getting a matress protector asap.
Clean Mama SaysPost author
Just a drop of gentle dish soap or shampoo with a clean damp cloth should help!
I have heard that this will ruin your vacuum. Thoughts please.
Clean Mama SaysPost author
I haven’t heard this or experienced it – otherwise I wouldn’t recommend 🙂