Tips & Tricks to clean your Mattress

A few months ago, I was having a strange popping sound in my ears. I consulted an ENT doctor, and he suggested that I clean up my bedroom.

At first, I felt offended! I am blogging everything about keeping homes neat and pretty. And here is someone trying to suggest that my own house is dirty?

I came back home (and to my senses) and started thinking about it. Maybe there is something in my bedroom that is unclean.
Is it the curtains? Nope.
Air Conditioner? Nah.
Blankets? No…
Mattress? Err.. Maybe!

I had renovated the room more than a year ago, and that is when I bought this new mattress. I regularly wash my bed-sheets and pillow covers. I even get my blanket dry-cleaned from time to time. But the mattress? I never thought about it!

We may not realize, but over a period of time, the mattress does accumulate dust. And it may seem gross, but we all sweat at times in sleep, and that does stain the mattress even if it is not very visible. As for accidents like spills, baby-pee, vomit, menstrual blood, etc., we quickly clean the upper surface, but a lot of it might have swept inside. So basically, it IS important to clean the mattress regularly.

But how to you really do that? The easy way is to hire professionals. But hey, this is a wild flower home 🙂 So here we go:

Remove Dust from Mattress

Most vacuum cleaners come with a special attachment for upholstery. (The one you generally use for cleaning sofa). Use it to get rid of all the dust on the mattress. To make sure you suck as much as possible, apply a lot of pressure. Remember to  do this on all sides, not just the top.

Wash the Mattress (completely)

You will need:

  • 2 Spray bottles (Try to use a 1 lt bottle if possible, because we need a lot of water, and the next steps needs to be done quickly. So you won’t have time to refill it again and again).
  • Liquid Dish Soap
  • Hydrogen Peroxide
  • Baking Soda

This process needs some time. Get the mattress in an open area where you can leave it overnight.

Follow the below steps:

  1. Take a spray bottle and fill it with water.
  2. Add 1 teaspoon of liquid dish soap, for every 500ml of water. Mix it well in the spray bottle.
  3. Spray the liquid all over the mattress. Do not leave any spot dry.
  4. Take the other bottle and fill it with water and hydrogen peroxide in equal proportions. (1:1 ratio).
  5. Again mix well and spray all over the mattress.
  6. While the mattress is still damp, put a uniform layer of baking soda all over it. You may use a dry cloth to spread it evenly.
  7. Leave this overnight. The baking soda will react and clean the mattress.
  8. Next day, dust off all the baking soda. You can use the upholstery attachment of the vacuum cleaner if you want.

How often should you do this?

The weight of the mattress really makes the whole process difficult. I would personally like to do this once a year at least. But if you find it tedious, maybe you can stretch it two years without cleaning.

If even that is too much for you, I would suggest you buy this waterproof bed cover. It is generally used when there are babies who might pee on the bed. But you can use it even otherwise. This way, you will only have to wash the cover, instead of the complete mattress.

Hope you liked this post. If yes, do share it with your family and friends. Happy Beds to you!

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