We spend a third of our lives sleeping on a mattress and we do indeed want them to be clean and stay clean because they are very expensive to replace; therefore, we need to know how to clean mattresses to keep them always fresh and in tiptop condition.
Some stains, such as food and drinks can be difficult to totally remove. Body fluids need special treatment because they have bacteria and leave a foul odor.
Strip Your Mattress
Pull off the sheets including the mattress protector. If you don’t have a mattress protector pad, you need to get one or two. I use two on my king size bed so that nothing can get through. They can be costly too, but not as costly as our time and energy cleaning a mattress.
Mattress Pad Protectors
Mattress pads are breathable, antimicrobial, hypoallergenic, and add more comfort when you are sleeping. Some are filled with goose down and some are simply cotton and polyester. They are all washable and what a delight that when pads are used, you will not need to clean your mattress as often! Most are quite affordable under $100 for a king-sized pad.
While your sheets and pillow cases are in the washing machine on very hot water, now is the time to first vacuum the mattress. Use the upholstery attachment on your vacuum or your handheld unit.
A crevice tool is handy for around the edge stitching and between the tufts. This will remove dust particles, dead dry skin, and dust mites efficiently. The WELIKERA is a perfect dust buster for this task.
Cleaning Body Fluids
We all know what these can be from: the kids vomiting in bed, adults vomiting from upset stomachs, kids still peeing in the bed and sometimes having diarrhea, and of course, romantic excretions. All spots need to be cleaned as soon as possible.
- Upholstery Shampoo—use an enzyme cleaner that is made for pets. Enzymes eat up the substances on the mattress from body fluids and spills.
- Natural Cleaner—Use one teaspoon of dish detergent and a cup of warm water with a soft old tooth brush or cleaning rag in circular motions. You will need to rinse with cool water several times to remove all soap residue. A hair dryer is good to dry the spots cleaned.
- Fresh Mattress Scent—is a good final measure for making the mattress smell good and garden-fresh. If you use essential oils, let your diffuser run nearby or spray with Febreze® Clean Freshener.
Always be sure your mattress is dry so that it does not grow mildew or mold! If it’s a twin-size mattress, you can probably take it outdoors to dry in the sun.
At the end of the day when your mattress is clean and smells heavenly, you will sleep better all-night long. Always use mattress protectors for your infants, toddlers, and everyone in your family
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