Cleaning your mattress is an important but often overlooked task for keeping your sleeping area fresh and healthy. When it comes to mattress upkeep, most people might think they just need to change the sheets and maybe rotate from time to time. Regularly cleaning your mattress can remove allergens, dust, bacteria, and stop serious mattress problems including mold and odors. The good news is cleaning a mattress is far easier than you might think. In this guide, you’ll learn when you need to clean your mattress, how to manage regular cleanings, and even take care of problems like odors, bed bugs, and dust mites.
Vacuum your mattress
After removing the sheets and mattress cover, do a quick pass with a vacuum cleaner across the top and sides of your mattress. You’ll need to press firmly to get dirt below the surface. Clean out the quilting and other small details with the crevice tool.
Apply baking soda
If you can’t put your mattress out in the sun and fresh air, baking soda is the next best thing. Sprinkle a layer over the entire top of the mattress and leave for several hours (or better yet, apply before an overnight trip). It will absorb any excess liquid from the stain removal process, and leave your mattress smelling fresh and clean.
Flip the mattress
Repeat steps 1 and 2 all over again.
Air out your mattress
Fresh air and sunshine is great for getting rid of odors and bleaching out stains. Wait for a clear day and find a clean spot where you can set your mattress to air out for a few hours. Not everyone will be able to haul their mattress down the stairs and into the backyard but if you can, it’s a great way to naturally eliminate bacteria.
Protect the mattress
If you don’t have a mattress cover, now is a good time to pick one up. They are an important line of defense against future dirt and stains, and can be thrown into the washing machine on a regular basis.
Don’t make your bed right away
You can air out your mattress every day by simply leaving your bed undone for thirty minutes or more in the mornings. Pull the covers all the way back and let moisture and odors escape before making your bed.