The feeling of lying down on your mattress and resting after a long day is truly comforting. Some individuals struggle to sleep anywhere but on their own beds. We spend almost a third of our lives on mattresses, making it essential to keep them clean. When was the last time you cleaned your mattress if you were asked?
Often, we tend to forget this task. While bed sheets are usually washed, mattresses are often overlooked, collecting dust and allergens over months and even years. Notably, mattresses can harbor various types of microorganisms that may lead to allergies. While traditional cotton mattresses can be sunned and beaten to some extent, modern high-end mattresses require a different approach.
Even at home, you can achieve some basic mattress cleaning using a few unique hacks. Let’s delve into these methods.
Tools Needed for Mattress Cleaning:
- Vacuum Cleaner (with a wide nozzle attachment for thorough cleaning)
- Dish Wash Soap or DIY Cleaner
- Baking Soda
- Laundry Detergent
- Cleaning Microfiber Cloths
- Cold Water
Steps to Clean the Mattress:
- Remove the bedsheet and pillow covers and wash them separately in a washing machine to remove dust mites completely. For blankets, use warm water to wash, and for the mattress, only use cold water.
- Begin by vacuuming the mattress. Attach the wide nozzle to your vacuum cleaner and thoroughly clean the surface. Ensure that you vacuum both sides of the mattress. This helps remove dust and microorganisms, leaving the mattress surface cleaner.
- For stains on the mattress, create a paste using baking soda and dish wash soap or laundry detergent. Apply the paste to the stains and leave it for about 10 minutes. Then, scrub the stains gently using a microfiber cloth. Rinse the cloth in cold water and dab the stained area to lift off the paste. Avoid excessive use of water to prevent overwetting the mattress.
- Tougher stains like urine, vomit, sweat, or blood might need a chemical cleaner. When using a commercial cleaner, make sure it’s not water-based.
- Memory foam mattresses should not be exposed to water. For such mattresses, use a chemical cleaner to maintain their quality.
Drying the Mattress: Before sun-drying the mattress, sprinkle baking soda on it. This helps eliminate moisture from within. Sun-dry the mattress or use an air dryer, making sure to expose all sides to sunlight or air for around 7-8 hours. After cleaning, avoid using the mattress immediately.
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