You spend a great part of your 24 hours on your bed without realizing. Thus it is very important to maintain proper hygiene of your mattress. Unwashed mattresses accumulate dirt, dead skin cells, mould and other bacterial infestations which are invisible to naked eye. These will slowly result in disease-causing bacteria or other harmful problems.
But how are you going to wash a large mattress? They do not exactly fit into a washing machine nor can you directly drown it in a bucket of water. Fortunately, cleaning a mattress is not exactly a nightmare. If you follow the given instructions step by step, you can turn your dirty mattress into a clean and neat mattress in no time.
Steps to Clean a Mattress:
1. Removing all the bedding:
The first step of washing a mattress is to remove all the parts of the bedding. This involves removing all the sheets and pillowcases. Now take a bucket of hot water and immerse all of these upper bedding cover sheets in it. Make sure you separate whites from the coloured sheets and also to check with the wash care tags on it.
This practice will help remove any dust mites or other allergens from it. Now after they have soaked enough, wring them and place them in the washing machine. For better results, always wash the linens and sheet covers separately.
2. Pull out the Mattress into the yard or wash area
Now that the linens and sheets are out of the play, you will pull out the actual mattress. Now place it near the wash area or in your yard (if that is possible).
Take out the duster or most preferably a vacuum cleaner and start vacuuming it. Place a higher suction power and make sure you are sucking out as much dust from it as possible. Use a wide brush attachment to remove any possible dust mites, hair, dead skin, or other such debris.
Make sure you are going side by side. First the top, then the sides and then tip over the mattress and go for the other side. Put the suction power at maximum.
3. Use some stain remover to clean your mattress
Now that you have dusted out the mattress, it is now time to clear out any wet or fresh spots on the mattress. Use a cup of stain remover and hot water. Mix them in a cup and then take a cotton cloth.
Now dab the mixture on the spots and wipe it hard to try and remove the stains. In case the stains are urine, use bleach or other enzyme-based cleaning solutions. Blot it with a cloth on the spots and let it sit for a while. And now go about it again.
If that does not work, try rubbing hydrogen peroxide, alcohol or vinegar too should help. Citrus based cleaners and dish soap with detergent are brilliant stain removers as well. Here is a simple 4 step process that works most of the times.
Step 1: Blot the stained area with a dry towel to remove any liquid that can be absorbed. Make sure you are not rubbing or scrubbing. If the stains are dry, then scrape off any debris or use a vacuum. You can also wet the cloth a little and then blot it away.
Step 2: Now dab some cleaner or spray it on the mattress; more specifically on the stained area. If you are trying to remove blood stains as such, let the solution sit on the stain for a few minutes.
Step 3: Now take another dry cloth or some paper towels to absorb the sitting cleaner solution liquid. Go all out to remove any and all the liquid.
Step 4: Now that you have removed the liquid, air dry the mattress. If you cannot air dry it, make sure that it gets as much as air circulation. Putting it out in the sun is a good way to go or maybe just open the curtains and the windows to let the air in and out. Turn on the fan or cooler for better airflow. It may take an hour or a few hours depending on how large the mattress.
After the stains are gone, you could also go on to deodorize it with some baking soda sprinkles as well. This will absorb any lingering odours present on the mattress.
Cleaning specific stains on mattresses
The method given above is for stains in general. Now let us talk about specific stains like what to do when the stain is urinal, blood or food etc.,
Ans: To remove blood stains, take about 3% of Hydrogen Peroxide and a small cup of household vinegar or any one of those. Now pour the liquid over the stain on the mattress. For vinegar, let the stain soak in it for about 10 minutes before you blot it dry. Repeat till the stain is gone.
If going with the hydrogen peroxide alone, the solution will form as foam around the bloodstains once you pour it and it touches the stain. Take a dry cloth and blot away the foam and then let the stained area sit for about 5 minutes.
After the time, take a cold wet cloth and dab away the peroxide and the vinegar (whichever you are using) as a rinse. After removal, you can air-dry the mattress or put it under the sun.
Ans: In order to remove urine stains, you need to use an upholstery cleaner that is enzyme-based because they are better at breaking down odour causing elements. Start by taking in the solution and pouring it on the stain. Let it absorb the urine stain by applying a basic cleaner and letting it sit for about 15 minutes. This will let the enzymes do their work. Now dab it with a cold and wet towel in order to rinse. Now blot out the mattress and let the mattress dry out by sun or air.
For pet urine, follow the same process. Alternatively, you could use paper towels for the damp areas. Wet the towels in cold water, place it on the stains and maybe place a heavyweight like books, on top of it for the paper to absorb the urine faster.
Ans: Vomit stains are easily removable with a mixture of baking soda and an enzyme made cleaner. Firstly, scrape off the surface clean and then blot the area with paper towels or a wet cloth. Try and absorb as much as the moisture as you can.
Now pour in generous amounts of baking soda to absorb the odours and the moisture. After letting it sit for about 15 minutes, you can vacuum it up. Use the crevice or the upholstery tool. Additionally, you can also apply an enzyme-based pet stain product to it along with some dish soap solution. Blot away the liquid with a paper towel or rag cloth and air dry the mattress. The same method is applicable for oil, lotion and other such greasy stains as well.
Ans: The best way to remove coffee stains is to use dishwasher soap or vinegar. Instead of spraying it on the stains, blot it or pour the liquid on the stain. Now blot out the area properly with a white or light coloured cloth starting from edges and move inwards. Make sure the colour is not spreading.
Do this until you cannot see the brown on the stain being absorbed to the cloth. Afterwards, take a clean cloth in a dish of vinegar and blot it again on the stains. Move inwards from outside in a similar fashion. Blot dry and rinse by dabbing it with a fresh wet cloth. Now blot dry or air dry the mattress.
Ans: Wine stains can be removed with specific wine stain removers that are available in the market. If not, it is best to go with cold water and salt. Firstly, absorb as much wine as possible on a paper towel or a dry cloth. Now sprinkle salt and dab cold water on the stain in that order. After letting it sit for a while, blot away the liquid. Now sprinkle salt all over the wet area and wait for about 3 minutes. Again dab with cold water and this time, rub the stain.
Take the dry cloth and blot it dry. Continue the process until the stain goes away and go for air drying or sun drying the mattress.
Wrapping it up:
It is important to keep your mattress clean and tidy because unwittingly, you might end up inviting diseases and other health hazards. If you have any further questions or clarifications regarding cleaning up on mattresses or any other home appliance or furniture, feel free to write to us in the comments section below. Our team will write back to you as soon as possible.