Did you know that the average person sweats out half a pint of perspiration every night? That’s a lot of moisture! With us spending almost a third of our lives lying on a mattress, it’s surprising how infrequently we think about cleaning it. But, let’s face it, cleaning a mattress isn’t the most enjoyable task. Once you strip away the sheets, you’re left with a cover that you can’t remove. So, what can you do to keep your mattress clean and fresh?
Here are some tips and tricks from the InnMattress to make cleaning and caring for your mattress easy:
Vacuum Your Mattress
Vacuuming is an essential step in maintaining a clean mattress. It removes dust, dead skin cells, and other debris that can accumulate on your mattress. Consider doing this every time you rotate your mattress or once a season. Be sure to use a clean upholstery attachment to avoid depositing any nasties onto your mattress.
Deodorize Your Mattress
Baking soda is a natural deodorizer that can help neutralize any odors on your mattress. Sift baking soda over your mattress, leave it for about 30 minutes, and then vacuum it up with the upholstery attachment. If you like essential oils, you can add five drops to the baking soda pre-sift to enjoy a lovely scent for a few nights.
Spot Cleaning and Stains
Stains can come in three varieties: protein stains, grease stains, and tannin stains. The stains you’re likely to see on your mattress are protein stains from things like blood, sweat, vomit, and urine. It’s best to tend to any stains as soon as possible to avoid them from setting in.
Liquid stains need to be blotted up first with a cool, wet cloth, and then excess moisture can be blotted up with a dry cloth. Use a pressing motion rather than a circular motion to lift the stain to avoid rubbing it in further. Fresh protein stains can usually be removed with a mixture of salt, baking soda, and water. Create a paste of equal parts, rub it on the area, and then brush it off 30 minutes later. Use cool water on a damp cloth to remove the excess, and then allow the mattress to dry. If that doesn’t work, try a homemade stain remover consisting of two parts hydrogen peroxide to one part dish soap.
Steam Cleaning or Deep Cleaning
Some people swear by steam cleaning or deep cleaning their mattress, but this isn’t recommended as mattresses don’t do well with moisture. If you do need to spot clean, be stingy with the liquid and blot like crazy. Use fans to dry the mattress and a wet/dry vac to help extract the moisture. And don’t even think about sleeping on your mattress until it’s completely dry.
Use a Mattress Protector
One of the best investments for your mattress is a mattress protector. They’re easy to remove and wash, and they protect your mattress from spills, stains, and other damage. Many mattress manufacturers strongly recommend using a mattress protector because stains on your mattress will void your warranty.
In summary, maintaining a clean mattress is important for several reasons. Not only does it help you avoid nasty smells and stains, but it also helps prolong the life of your mattress. And if you want to avoid dealing with spills and stains altogether, invest in a good mattress protector.
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