Cleaning your mattress is very important when it comes to increasing its lifetime and making your bed a more comfortable place to sleep. Your bed is where you spend 1/3 of your days, (if you’re sleeping 8 hours a night), so why wouldn’t you want it to be well kept? A mattress cover or bed sheet does not do the best job in keeping a mattress tidy, as certain odors, sweat and other fluids can seep through them. Here are our suggestions for regular cleanings, removing stains, and removing odors from your mattress…
How to Vacuum
The simplest and most basic way to keep your mattress clean is by vacuuming it. Use a handheld or regular vacuum with a soft brush attachment for the best cleaning results. Because it is not unusual for dirt, hair and other particles to build up on your mattress, make sure you vacuum both sides thoroughly.
How to Remove Stains
When trying to remove stains from your memory foam mattress, it is important to use the spot cleaning method. Because memory foam mattresses are less likely to harbor bacteria and other allergens than regular innerspring mattresses, cleaning the entire mattress is not entirely necessary. If you find some stains that you would like to take care of, here is what to do:
First method: Wet a small towel with warm water and dampen the dirty area of your mattress. Then use a solution of water and dish soap to start removing the stain, Use a towel or a spray bottle with the solution, and apply it to the mark on the bed. Then rub the solution in a circular motion in order to lift the stain. Rinse your towel out and place it over the spot to remove any soapy residue.
Second method: If soap does not do the trick for you, try using vinegar and baking soda. Put white vinegar in a spray bottle and apply it to the appropriate areas. Let the white vinegar soak for approximately five minutes. Then add a thin layer of baking soda to the stained area, let it fizz up, remove any leftover moisture with a towel, and vacuum away the rest of the residue.
How to Remove Odor
Scents such as urine, vomit and cigarette smoke have the ability to linger in a memory foam mattress. Making sure that your bed has a pleasant, inviting aroma is key to getting a better night’s rest. Here are the ways to get rid of any uninviting scents:
First method: Sprinkle a thin layer of baking soda over one side of the mattress and let that sink in overnight. The next day, vacuum the baking soda side, flip the mattress, and repeat on the opposite side of the mattress. This process should take 2 days to fully lift any odors.
Second method: A more natural approach to lifting the scents from your mattress is by creating a solution of half water and half distilled white vinegar. Use a spray bottle and apply the solution to both sides of the mattress. Let it air dry or use a blow dryer, without burning the mattress, in order to remove any dampness. The smell of vinegar will fade in a few days, and will take away any bad odors.
There are many other tricks and methods that people have used to clean their memory foam mattress. If you have found a method that you think works best, feel free to share it with our readers below!