Hello Droppers! We’ve got a larger scale cleaning DIY for you today, all about how to clean your mattress! Now, if you’re like most folks, you may not clean your mattress very often, or even at all. However, the unseen threat of bacteria and germs that can collect over time are definitely worth a look at. A good rule of thumb is to plan on rotating your mattress twice a year, and to clean it twice a year as well (why not kill two birds with one stone?)
Here are our best tips for a thorough clean:
- Strip your bed and wash your sheets. This will get rid of any dust mites on the surface, and offer you a fresh bed you’re done!
- Vacuum your mattress. Most vacuums come with an upholstery attachment for detail cleaning, so strap that on and get to work! Pay special attention to seams and break out the crevice attachment to get any hidden dirt or dust.
- Spot clean with a stain remover. Never soak your mattress or apply water or cleaning solution directly to it, especially if you’re working with memory foam, as the water can remain trapped inside and lead to mildew. For most stains you’re going to want to use an enzyme cleaner. Spray the cleaner onto a clean white cloth, and then blot the stained area with the cloth. After that, you can apply cold water to a different clean cloth and continue blotting until the stain lifts. You can also try a simple solution of 1 teaspoon mild dish detergent and 1 cup of warm water.
- Deodorize the mattress with baking soda. Don’t be afraid to use quite a large amount, as well! For best results, leave the baking soda there for 24 hours. If you have an overnight trip coming up, that may be a good time to do it! The longer you can leave it, the better. If you can place the mattress near an open window, the sunlight and fresh air will add its sanitizing power as well.
- Vacuum again. After the backing soda has worked its magic, remove by vacuuming it up completely.
- Flip your mattress. Finish it off with a flip!
That’s all there is to it! We hope this quick DIY has you feeling empowered to dive into a deep clean on your mattress, and helps you sleep better at night. (Nothing like a clean bed to slip into, right?)