We spend almost 1/3 of our entire life lying on our mattress so you would think that the mattress would stand alone atop of our list of regular cleaning duties. However, let’s face it, we rarely think about cleaning the mattress!
Mattresses can harbor spills, stains, dirt, dust, dust mites and worse – so, maintaining a clean mattress is important for several reasons. It can be quite tricky to clean a mattress as unfortunately we aren’t able to just ‘put it in the wash’ along with the sheets!
We recommend you take the following steps regularly to help maintain your mattress:
Step 1: Vacuum The Mattress
This step is pretty self-explanatory however the important part is to make sure you use a clean upholstery attachment on your vacuum. Remember that your vacuum sucks up all kinds of nasties and you don’t want to be depositing those on your mattress!
Step 1/2: Deodorizing A Mattress
You can add this to step 1 by sifting baking soda over your mattress, leaving it on for 30minutes and then vacuum it up with the upholstery attachment. Baking soda is a natural deodorizer so it will definitely help neutralize any odours. Note however, that it won’t really clean any stains in this ‘dry’ cleaning method – only assist in aiding the deodorizing process. If you like essential oils, add five drops to the baking soda pre-sift and you’ll get to enjoy that lovely scent for a few nights thereafter.
Helpful hint with spot cleaning and stain removal:
As with any stain, it’s best to tend to it as soon as possible to avoid the stain setting in. Liquid stains need to be blotted up first with a cool, wet cloth and then excess moisture blotted up with a dry cloth. Remember to use a pressing motion, rather than a circular motion to lift the stain to avoid further rubbing the stain in. Also remember that heat sets protein stains so only use cold water when handling these.
Fresh protein stains can usually be removed with a mixture of salt, baking soda and water. Create a paste, rub it on the area and brush off 30 minutes later. Then, use some cool water on a damp cloth to remove the excess and allow to dry.