Is your bed mattress clean? I guess not. Understand that you spend at least 6 to 7 hours on your mattress every night and sometimes an extra 1 to 2 hours on it during the afternoon. This means we actually spend almost three-fourths of our lives on a mattress which is more than what we spend anywhere else at a stretch. Thus, without a doubt, your mattress deserves a little pampering and some basic care once in a while. This will not only add a few extra years in its running but also give your conscience some rest knowing when you hit the bed every night; it will be fresh and clean.
Cleaning and maintaining a mattress is, in fact, an easy job. There are a number of ways you can do it and each way is specifically set for a cleaning purpose, for example, the method for cleaning dust will be very different to that of getting rid of any kinds of stains. Following are a few detailed cleaning tips for home and mattress owners.
Removing Dust from Within the Mattress by Using a Vacuum Cleaner
The easiest and fastest ways to get rid of any dust from your mattress is with the help of a vacuum cleaner and believe me when I say that there is, in fact, a lot of dust accumulated on your mattress. The best part of using this tool is that you can clean a lot in very less time and that too without getting anything wet to stain or add drying to the cleaning time.
Use the upholstery brush to vacuum the top sides and around the box springs to draw out as much dust as possible. This tool will also help you get rid of dust mites and skin flakes that are often found on the surface of mattresses.
Clean Unidentified Stains with Enzyme or Citrus Based Cleaners
If you are used to sneaking a snack in bed or using your bed as a table for any purpose, then there is a high chance that there will be many unidentified stains on your mattress. But don’t fret because you can easily get rid of these unidentified stains by using enzyme cleaners or a citrus based cleaner. Enzyme cleaners tackle stains by breaking down the structure of it. This then makes it easy for you to just wipe them off the surface. If your skin is sensitive and you think an enzyme-based cleaner would irritate then spray the stain with a citrus based cleaner and let it be for 5 to 10 minutes. Then use a white linen or cotton cloth to blot out the stain.
Some people also use liquid detergent to clean stains by mixing a little with water to create a mild solution and then with the help of a small brush or cloth, use it to clean the stain.
Clean Urine stains And Get rid of Odor by Using Enzyme-Based Cleaner and Baking Soda
If you have any young ones at home or even pets, then accidents are definitely meant to happen. The best and fastest way to deal with urine stains and odors is to blot out as much excess fluid as you can as soon as possible. Then use an enzyme-based cleaner and spray it over the stain as you blot at it recurrently. Let the stained area dry off as much as possible before sprinkling baking soda over it and leaving it overnight before vacuuming it the following morning. Sprinkling baking soda will not only absorb excessive moisture but also remove any excessive lingering smell.
Apply Hydrogen Peroxide to Clean Bloodstains
Blood stains are one of the hardest stains to deal with. One easy way of dealing with these stains is to apply hydrogen peroxide and blot at it with a clean dry white cloth while it’s fresh on the stain. Another way is to use a meat tenderizer which is said to remove the proteins from the stain. Soon after applying it, rinse it off with cold water as hot water is said to cook the proteins which will make the stain harder to go away.
Some people also tend to make a baking soda solution by adding two parts of cold water and one part of baking soda. Once you have applied the solution, let it sit on the stain for 30 minutes before wiping it off and putting a dry towel on it to absorb the excessive moisture. Other people use the traditional detergent approach which implies you make a detergent solution by adding two cups of cold water to one tablespoon of liquid detergent. Then use a brush to clean the affected area and a towel to dry it off.
Use an Enzyme Cleaner and Dry Cloth to Clean Vomit
Dealing with an illness can lead to vomiting which you will have to clean up later when you have recovered. To do this, use an enzymatic cleaner and dry cloth to blot it off. To further germ-proof your mattress, let it set out in the sun for a while.
Vacuum Clean the Mattress Regularly to get rid of Mold and Mildew
The easiest way to get rid of mold or mildew is to let your mattress rest in the sun or to vacuum it regularly on both sides. If you are looking for some physical exertion, then add isopropyl to water in equal parts and sponge it over the whole mattress lightly. There is also the usual disinfectant that you can use.
Use Vinegar Solution for Cleaning Drinks Stains
Stains created by drinks can be cleaned by using a citrus cleaner or vinegar solution with a white cloth will to help remove the stain as the acid helps break it down. You can also use alcohol to clean such a stain but beware of pouring alcohol over it directly as alcohol will only increase the stain’s diameter. Therefore, it is advisable to just blot the stain with alcohol soaked absorbent cloth. And still, if all fails, talk to your local mattress’s manufacturer or dealer as they will also be able to guide you better.
Cleaning and taking care of your mattress requires effort and dedication. And the only way to avoid having to put in extra labor is by regularly maintaining it. This can be done by seasonally rotating your mattress, flipping it upside down, letting it breathe in the sun for a while and using clean sheets and mattress pads to avoid mishaps. Your health is predominantly dependent on your mattress’s upkeep.