4 Ways to a Cleaner Mattress
If you’ve read our blog post all about dangers that could be lurking in your mattress, then you know how filthy your mattress can get. Also, that article didn’t even mention things like everyday dirt, stains, and if you eat in bed, food that can muck up your bed. Here, we’ll go over 4 ways to a cleaner mattress, to help fight these problems, or prevent them in the first place.
1. Vacuum Your Mattress
A lot of people don’t think to vacuum their mattress, but why not? What makes the cover of your mattress different from your rug ; it’s made of an absorbant fabric and comes in contact with human skin daily. Vacuuming will pick up any surface dirt or dust you have on your bed, rather that it lingering and seeping into your mattress that can cause bigger problems. Just make sure to use a hose attachment meant for upholstery, don’t actually take the entire vacuum up onto you bed. To prevent unkind odors, sift baking soda over your mattress before vacuuming.
2. (Attempt to) Remove Stains
Stains can be a real eyesore, especially on your mattress. Of course, the quicker you attend to a stain, the more likely you are to get rid of it. Liquid stains should be blotted (not rubbed, that just makes it worse) with a cool wet cloth, as warmer water actually helps stains set it. A simple solution of equal parts salt, baking soda, and water should get the job done again most fresh liquid stains. For more stubborn stains, check out the next suggestion.
3. Steam Clean
For a more heavy-duty job, a steam clean can help extract deep stains as well as kill dust mites and even bed bugs. A steam clean uses heat and moisture to loosen contaminants, stains, and odors from your mattress. It’s an environmentally friendly, and healthier (no chemicals!) way to clean, especially for those with high sensitivity to allergens. For this, however, you might want to enlist a professional. If you don’t know what you’re doing, you could end up doing more harm than good; mattresses don’t take well to being wet, so make sure they dry quickly after steaming.
4. Mattress Protector
Perhaps the best way to prevent the issues we mentioned is to invest in a mattress protector (it’s definitely worth it). It’ll act as a shield between you, and everything you throw at it, and the mattress. Got a little stain? treat it and throw it in the wash. Not smelling fresh and clean (we’re taking about the mattress protector)? Deodorize it and throw it in the wash. Has it taking a beating beyond repair? Replace it, all the while your mattress stays in tact.
Keeping your mattress clean is no walk in the park. It has to deal with you and everything you do on it, every day and every night. Take care of it!