The step-by-step process of washing your mattress can be difficult, maybe even a pain, but it is needed twice a year to get rid of unwanted bacteria. Before you start cleaning the mattress you should remove everything on the bed and clean those in the order touching the mattress, like your mattress pad or sheets, to everything that sits on top, like your comforter. While all these things are getting cleaned you can center your attention on the mattress.
The first step is to vacuum your mattress. If available use an attachment piece for the hose to go from the top to the bottom. Overlap the rows a couple times to make sure you’ve sucked anything sitting on the surface. Make sure to get the creases and seems where dirt and dead skin cells can live. Vacuuming only gets to the surface of everything living in your mattress, even using a higher power vacuum attachment can’t get into every nook and cranny.
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After checking for spots you’re going to deodorize your mattress. This will get rid of any stinky smells lingering from your body while you’re sleeping. Sprinkle baking soda evenly on the mattress and rub it into the fabric where the smell has been living. Then let the baking soda sit there for a couple minutes so it destroys the odor. For the best results you can leave the baking powder on for twenty-four hours, if possible leave near a window so the sun can aid the powder.
Step three is to recreate step one and vacuum the mattress again to pull all the moisture and odor out. Go over the surface a couple of times to make sure all of the baking soda can be sucked out of the fabric. Using the attachments piece can get more dust and dirt out of the mattress than pushing your normal vacuum over back and forth.
Stain removal while it can be skipped but can be very important is the next step. There can be stains on your mattress from different things, whether it was a menstrual stain or your child wet the bed on accident, any can be removed and make the whole thing look and smell brand new. Blood stains can be removed with hydrogen peroxide, dish soap and salt. This mixture will have to sit on the stain until it comes flakey, when it becomes dry you will want to peel it off and use a rag to dab hydrogen peroxide on the stain until the discoloration is no more. Urine stains can be removed by mixing baking soda, hydrogen peroxide and a couple drops of dish soap. If the stain is fresh let it dry out and make a mixture of powder laundry detergent and water. Lightly spread your mixture onto the spot and let it sit for half an hour. Peel off the film from the concoction and vacuum the directed area. For other fluid stains blot the stain with unscented ammonia, you can also sprinkle more baking soda to get any lingering moisture.
After completing all of the steps above flip over the mattress and repeat the process. It is also a smart idea to flip the mattress side-to-side and top-to-bottom a couple times a month so you work in all the bits of the mattress so there aren’t any unwanted lumps. Another recommendation to keep the mattress somewhat cleaner than it was is to put a washable mattress cover over it.
The final step is to replace everything that was washed and stripped from the bed. Start by zipping a cover over the mattress. Then another way to put more space between you and the mattress is to put a mattress pad on next. Then you want to put your sheets on and any other blankets that would go under some sort of big or hefty blanket if wanted.
Overall this process should take someone about 4-24 hours. It is also a good idea to wash anything that was on the bed beforehand, in case any of the dirt, sweat, or smells transfers onto the cover or if it seeps farther onto the sheets. If these things do soak into the bedding you can use some of the steps to remove the stains or you may need to purchase new sheets.
Washing your mattress can be a real downer, but it very important to your health and anyone else who would sleep on it in the near future.