Mattress hygiene is something that many of us overlook. When you think about it, you spend approximately one-third of your life sleeping on your bed, so you must keep it as clean as possible. Because your mattress is hidden underneath your sheets, it can be easy to forget you need to clean it on a regular basis.
Cleaning your mattress ensures that you remove dust particles, mites, dead skin cells, bacteria and mould that has accumulated under your sheets over time. It’s recommended that you also use a waterproof mattress protector, which will protect and keep your mattress from any liquid stains. You may also want to consider getting a waterproof mattress, if you have a child or an adult who has frequent bed time accidents.
In this post, we will take a look at how you can clean your mattress.
1. Remove and wash your bedding
The first step to cleaning your mattress is to remove your bedding.
It’s good practice to wash your bedsheets at least once a week, or more often if you have pets or suffer from allergies.
It’s best to wash your sheets on a hot wash (above 60°C), as this will help to kill off any stubborn bacteria and ensure your sheets are fresh and well laundered.
2. Vacuum your mattress
After removing your sheets, you can vacuum the mattress’s surface to remove any dust particles and dirt.
Because the vacuum cleaner is usually used on the floor in the house, make sure the attachments are clean and free of any dust before using it on your mattress.
If you don’t, you could end up inadvertently transferring more dust and dirt to your mattress. When vacuuming your mattress, be sure to take care when cleaning crevices and seams so you don’t tear the mattress. Also, be thorough when cleaning to ensure you get all of the stubborn dust and dirt out of the mattress lines.
3. Treat your mattress with deodorant
After vacuuming your mattress, you should deodorise the surface with a suitable cleaning product or baking soda if you don’t want to buy anything purposefully for cleaning your mattress.
If you’re using a shop-bought product, follow the instructions on the packaging. If you elect to use baking soda, you should lightly sprinkle it over your mattress and leave it to sit for a decent amount of time, ideally at least one hour. Once it has had time to work its magic, make sure you vacuum across the surface to remove it.
4. Clean any stains that you identify on your mattress
While you need to treat any stains that you notice, be sure to check the manufacturer’s instructions, as some fabrics need to be treated in different ways. To be on the safe side, avoid using industrial strength cleaners and bleach. You should use a mild detergent and warm water and dab the affected area until it is clean. It would be best if you allowed your mattress to air and dry before putting your sheets back on.
5. Flip your mattress
Once you have treated one side of your mattress, be sure to clean the other side, following the same process outlined above. It’s good practice to leave your mattress to air after cleaning it, too, so don’t put fresh sheets on right away. This way, you can be sure that you will have an enjoyable night’s sleep on a fresh, clean mattress.
How to keep your mattress clean over time?
One step we usually forget in keeping our mattress clean, is that we should let it air out regularly. Ideally, you should remove all bed sheets every day for about 20 minutes, and then open the window in your bedroom in order for air to circulate. This way your mattress can be ventilated and any moisture can evaporate.
We already mentioned this above, but you should wash your bedding once every week, ideally at a hot cycle (above 60°C). Also, don’t forget to use a waterproof mattress protector as it will keep away stains and dirt from seeping through the surface. If you notice that there are stains, it’s best to spot clean them as soon as possible, while they’re still fresh.
When to replace your old pillow and mattress?
Lastly, consider how old your mattress and pillow actually are. Pillows also can accumulate dead skin cells and absorb body oil, which in turn can “create the perfect environment for dust mites” according to the National Sleep Foundation. That’s why it’s recommended that you change your pillow every 1 to 2 years.
On the other hand mattresses should not be used for more than 10 years. If you notice that your mattress is sagging and is not giving you a good night rest, check out our article on “How often should you change your mattress?” for useful information.