We have all been there. You spill red wine all over your freshly cleaned sheets, or your dog jumps up on the bed after rolling around outside in the mud. A middle-of-the-night nosebleed happens, or your kid gets sick and a mess ensues.
Now you’re faced with a big old problem: that once lily-white, pristine and gorgeous new mattress you bought and did your best to keep as clean as possible is now soiled, leaving you wondering how on earth you can possibly clean it without a huge hassle.
Or perhaps you’ve just had your mattress for a while and you’d like to give it a good once over for a spring cleaning session. After years of use, mattresses can become stained, smelly and stale. It’s a good idea to give them a good, thorough clean every once in a while.
Either way, cleaning mattresses can be a pain if you don’t know how to do it properly. They’re big and bulky, and it’s not like you can just pick it up and throw it in the washing machine. So how can you clean it?
Luckily, cleaning a mattress isn’t as hard as you think. If you follow a few easy tips and use the right materials/cleaning solution, you’ll have a fresh, clean and sweet-smelling mattress back in no time at all.
The first step to cleaning a mattress is to gather up your supplies and have them handy. You’ll need a vacuum with hose attachment or a dust buster/mini vac, to vacuum up any stray crumbs, lint or dirt. You’ll also need a cleaner – we recommend a good enzyme breaker solution or good old fashioned dish soap, both of which are great for getting out stains.
If you’ve got a really stubborn stain, you may also want to use some baking soda or laundry detergent. Some people swear by homemade cleaning solutions, which is fine, so long as they are safe on your mattress fabric. Have cleaning cloths and brushes and a bucket of water on hand for rinsing.
Next, once you’ve got your supplies assembled, you’ll want to strip the bed, washing all your sheets and duvet, then vacuum your mattress and under the bed carefully. Use the crevice attachment to get in any hard to reach places and remove dust and dirt.
Next, spot clean any big stains or obvious dirty spots with your brush or cloth and cleaning solution. For some types of mattresses, you may want to leave the cleaner on for a while when it comes to the harder stains, then come back and scrub them later.
However, use caution here: some mattress types, such as memory foam and other materials, do not do well with liquids. In these cases, it’s best to apply the cleaner lightly to the brush or cloth and clean gently. Make sure you research your mattress type before you begin.
Give your entire mattress a good scrub down, then leave to dry, coming back later to flip it over and repeat the process. Try not to wet down the mattress too much, as it’ll take longer to dry. A good rule of thumb is to open any windows to let fresh air in, and have any box fans or overhead fans going to help the mattress dry quicker. This also gets fresh air circulating into the room.
Once you’ve cleaned both sides, it’s a great idea to sprinkle a little baking soda or deodorizer all over the mattress. Not too much; just enough to provide some freshness and absorb any stains and odors that may have lingered. Give it an hour or two to absorb all the odors and stains, then come back to vacuum the baking soda off the mattress, careful to make sure that all of it is removed.
At this time, you may want to spray a little freshener that’s safe for fabrics, such as febreze or a homemade solution, to add a little burst of scent and freshness.
Once the mattress is totally dry, fresh and clean, you can add your freshly washed bedding back, and voila! You’re all done.
As you can see, cleaning a mattress isn’t as hard as people make it out to be. As long as you follow the guidelines for your particular mattress, are careful not to oversaturate with liquid, and spot clean any problem spots, you’ll have a fresh and clean mattress that is as good as new. Even the hardest of pet odors, kid spills and pesky stains can be eliminated, easily.