Yesterday, we blogged about how a dirty mattress could affect your sleep: how it can grow moldy, accumulate dead skin cells and dust, as well as get stained with bodily fluids. In turn, it can irritate and affect your breathing and even cause infections in the long run.
Today, we’ll give you a few tips in how you can clean your mattress. As mattress maintenance is essential in ensuring the health of sleepers, learning how to keep your bed in top shape should be a priority.
Cleaning Your Mattress
When cleaning your mattress, you first need to assess the situation. Consider the conditions of the mattress, whether it is still in good condition or not. If it’s actually in a really bad shape already, it could be better to replace it rather than exert the effort to clean it. If the item is still good to go, your next step should be gathering the necessary cleaning agents to get the job done.
Disinfectant and detergent are the most essential materials you need to grab when planning to clean your mattress. Among your options are disinfectant sprays, liquid or powder detergents, rubbing alcohol, white vinegar, baking soda, or bleach. Depending on your disinfectant of choice, you may also need a sponge or cloth. Have a vacuum cleaner and blow dryer on hand as well.
According to LifeHack, it’s best to use a spray disinfectant if you’re going to clean a whole mattress. This makes the application of the solution easier, and the pressure from the spray will help the product to get absorbed better. This offers you better chances in reaching mold spores, in case there are some that are lurking inside your mattress.
For spot cleaning, however, you will need to saturate the area with the cleaning solution of your choice. By letting the solution sit on the problem area for a while, there are better chances that the stain will fade away. This will also ensure that you get to clean not only your mattress’ surface, but also it’s inner components.
Start off by removing your mattress from your bedroom. It’s best to put it in an open space, so you won’t have to inhale a lot of disinfectant fumes and so you can clean off the mattress without leaving all the dust, dead skin, and other soot around your bedroom. If you can’t move it someplace else for cleaning, make sure to at least open all your windows and be ready to clean your bedroom afterwards.
The first step in cleaning your mattress is to vacuum it. Use an upholstery brush for your vacuum to better clean off your mattress’ surfaces and ensure that no dead skin or dust is still clings to it. If you don’t have a vacuum cleaner, you can dust it off by taking it outside and smacking the surfaces repeatedly with a broom or a long stick.
Once you’ve cleared your mattress of any dusts and dead skin, you are now ready to apply disinfectant to it. As mentioned earlier, a disinfectant spray is the easiest tool for this job, especially if you have a large sized bed. It is also more likely to dry faster and be more evenly distributed. If you’re not too keen on using a disinfectant spray, you can also wet your sponge with a detergent or liquid disinfecting solution to apply it on your mattress.
After applying your cleaning solution, you will now have to dry the mattress. You can leave it out to air dry or use a blow dryer to cut down your waiting time. If you want to lessen the strong detergent odor, you can also sprinkle baking soda on top of your mattress so it can absorb the smell. Make sure that your mattress is fully dry before taking it back to your bedroom, so you can be sure that it won’t regrow spores and attract more dust afterwards.
A Few Notes
When you decide to clean your mattress, make sure that you have the time needed to execute the disinfecting and drying process. It will definitely take a while for your mattress to dry, so you also have to ensure that it is kept in a covered and well ventilated space, so it can breathe without you having to worry that it’ll get wet with dew or in case it rains. You’ll also need to have another sleeping surface at hand while you dry your mattress, as it may take overnight to fully dry.
If you don’t think it’s worth your time to clean your mattress because it’s already too filthy but it still feels great to sleep on, you can opt to have it reupholstered. Salem Bed units that need fabric replacement can be serviced for a corresponding fee, just contact us through our trunk line: (02) 432 0562.