How to Clean a Mattress

If you haven’t thought about cleaning your mattress recently, consider this: you probably spend six or seven hours there every night. During this time, dust, dead skin cells, sweat and oil from your body can get into it. That’s why Carolyn Forte, director of the Good Housekeeping Institute’s cleaning laboratory, recommends following this advice every few months to keep your bed cool, dust-free, stain-free, and odorless.

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1. Drop the dust.

The easiest way to remove dust is to use the padding tool on your vacuum cleaner. It is a good idea to do this every two months or more often if someone in the family has allergies. Go over the top and sides of the mattress and as many box springs as you can access. Press firmly on the tool to remove dust from beneath the surface of the fabric. Then use the crevice tool to enter the quilt, along the seam edge and where any pillow top is attached.

You can also steam clean your mattress. If you have a steamer, run the mattress with the steamer, keeping the nozzle as close to the fabric as possible to help the penetrating steam kill the mites hiding near the surface. Vacuum the mattress again to remove them.

2. Wipe off stains.

If the animals sleep with you or if you like to snack in bed, it is likely that your mattress is stained. By approaching them as soon as possible after they occur or as soon as you notice them, they will take less effort to clear them. The easiest way to remove them is to use a carpet and upholstery cleaner formulated to remove stains from pets, such as Good Housekeeping Bissell Pet Stain Remover. “It not only removes stains from pets, food and the like, but also contains enzymes to fight odors,” says Forte.

To use, lightly spray the stain – or a cloth – and dab the stain from the outside edge toward the center to prevent the stain from spreading. Rotate your cloth on a clean area while it picks up the dissolved stain to avoid placing it on the fabric. Avoid over-wetting the mattress. When the stain is gone, blot the area with a damp cloth to rinse off and remove any traces of cleaner. Blot the area with a dry cloth and allow the mattress to dry completely before making the bed.

If you are lucky enough to have a “steam” cleaner that distributes the detergent and sucks stains from carpets and upholstery, such as the Good Housekeeping joint holder, Bissell Little Green carpet and upholstery cleaner , by all means, also use it to clean your mattress. . And the best way to keep your mattress white and stain-free is to cover it with a removable mattress pad that you can wash regularly.

If your mattress is yellow, it is probably due to an accumulation of sweat and body oils. Although it is difficult to clean an entire mattress with water and you never want to saturate it completely, you can try bleaching it with a 50/50 mixture (one cup each) of hydrogen peroxide and lukewarm water plus 1/4 teaspoon of mild dishwashing liquid. Pour this solution into a spray bottle and the surface of the Spritz mattress. Work it in the fabric with a soft brush or a terry towel and let it take about 30 minutes. Prime the mattress again with clear water to rinse, blot well to remove all traces of the cleaner, and allow to air dry completely. For stubborn stains, repeat or add a little more hydrogen peroxide to the solution.

3. Kill the odors and refresh them.

Whenever you notice outdated odors, spray the mattress and box spring with a disinfectant spray, such as Lysol. It is safe to use on the fabric and kills the odor causing bacteria. To quickly refresh your mattress between two deep cleanings, sprinkle Arm & Hammer Baking Soda on the fabric, brush it lightly, wait 15 minutes and vacuum.

Now that you know your mattress is clean, check out these tips to make sure your pillows and mattress are also free from dust and odors.

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