You may think that you can clean your mattress whenever it gets dirty, but unfortunately, that’s not always the case. The truth is that if you clean your mattress too often, you could actually be doing more harm than good! This guide on how to clean a mattress will help you figure out when and how to clean your mattress in order to prevent issues down the road.
Using a powerful vacuum cleaner, you can remove dust and debris from your mattress. Don’t use your standard vacuum cleaner, though—it won’t have enough suction power. Opt for one that has attachments for cleaning hardwood floors and area rugs. First, move around on your hands and knees and look for large particles; then use an attachment designed to clean carpets or upholstery to get rid of any that may be lingering.
Use baking soda + vinegar
One of the easiest ways to clean your mattress is with an old-fashioned trick. Baking soda and vinegar. The reaction will form carbon dioxide, which helps lift out dust mites and other debris while also neutralizing odors. All you need are equal parts baking soda and white vinegar (about 1 cup of each), a spray bottle filled with warm water, and some paper towels or rags. Mix together then pour into your spray bottle. Then just spray over your mattress, making sure you get it into all of those deep grooves and corners, let sit for five minutes or so, then vacuum up when it’s dry.
Diatomaceous earth powder
One thing you can do is sprinkle your mattress with diatomaceous earth powder, which is basically fossilized, sea creatures. Diatomaceous earth also does wonders for killing fleas and ticks. Some people even add diatomaceous earth into their pet’s diet to help kill parasites. Just remember that diatomaceous earth isn’t poisonous but can be pretty gross if you inhale it or otherwise get it on your skin in large amounts—so use caution when using it! It’s safest (and most effective) if you just mix it with some water and sprinkle it over your bed.
Flip the mattress and clean it again!
Once your mattress is flipped, it’s time to clean it again. This time just on one side. Give that new side of your mattress a vacuum as well, and then brush away any loose particles you see. To ensure you get all sides, use an upholstery attachment with your vacuum or get down on your hands and knees and check each spot manually with a flashlight. Avoid placing damp items in direct contact with your mattress; these include towels or wet sheets. It’s best if these items are stored in drawers when not in use. And don’t forget about corners!
A mattress-cleaning specialist will typically steam clean your mattress and remove all of those stains that you can’t reach on your own. The reason you should use a professional is so they can ensure there are no mold or allergens left on your mattress. Since these are some of the most common reasons mattresses fail in new homes, hiring someone who knows what they’re doing is worth it. Plus, they have access to high-powered equipment that most homeowners simply don’t have access to.