The average person spends roughly one third of their life sleeping- that’s a lot of time spent in bed. But when is the last time you cleaned your mattress? Can’t remember?Cleaning your mattress twice a year is recommended, and can make it last longer and allow for a better night’s sleep. It also helps prevent any unwanted guests, like bedbugs and mites. Continue reading to see how to do this in just a few easy steps!
Step 1: Start by stripping the bed and putting your sheets through the wash on a hot cycle. After putting in the effort to clean your mattress, the last thing you want to do is cover it up with unclean bedding!
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Step 2: Check the surface for stains. You can spot treat stains with the recommended cleaner for the specific material of your mattress. A general upholstery cleaner should also work, or you can use dish detergent with warm water to clean the area. It is more important for the mattress to be clean than pretty, so don’t fret if a stain simply won’t budge.
Step 3: Set up your vacuum with the upholstery setting and vacuum the entire surface of your mattress, including the sides. Pay close attention and go slow enough that you’re picking up as much dust, dead skin, and dirt as possible. Use the crevice attachment if you need to get into any cracks or small spaces.
Step 4: Once it is thoroughly vacuumed, grab a box of baking soda and shake it all over the top of the mattress. Use as much as you want, making sure there is a coating of it all across the surface. This will deodorize and freshen the mattress, and it will also help to kill allergens. The longer you let the baking soda sit, the more effective it is. If you are able to sleep elsewhere for one night, letting it sit for a full 24 hours is ideal. If not, plan on doing this in the morning so the baking soda can soak for as long as possible during the day. If possible, allow the mattress to be in a sunny area, as the heat and light will speed up the process.
Step 5: Vacuum the surface again, this time getting all of the baking soda off.
Step 6: Adding a mattress pad or mattress cover can help absorb moisture and the extra layer helps keep your mattress clean for longer periods of time. Don’t forget to put those clean sheets back on your bed. And finally, get a refreshing night of sleep!
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