Tips on Cleaning your Mattress
You spend a solid third of your life sleeping, which means your mattress collects the skin and sweat we shed. It’s estimated that a mattress gains 10 ounces of dead skin cells and mites per year. Regular cleaning not only removes the debris, it reduces your exposure to allergens and helps you sleep more deeply, as well as increasing the life of your mattress.
A rule of thumb is to deep-clean your traditional or pillow-top mattress about twice per year. Remove all sheets and bedding, and rotate the mattress as appropriate to promote even wear. Use your vaccum’s hose attachment to remove dust and debris. Follow your manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning your memory foam mattress. Traditional mattresses should be checked for spots and stains. Use a good quality upholstery cleaner or enzyme-based pet-odor remover to tackle stubborn stains.
A simple box of baking soda is the best choice for removing any lingering odors and ensuring that your mattress is well sanitized. Sprinkle up to an entire one-pound box over the entire surface of the mattress, and leave it sit overnight. If possible, expose the mattress to full sunlight to help with the sanitizing process. The baking soda will absorb odors and any lingering moisture.
Once the baking soda has absorbed the odors, finish the cleaning by going over your mattress a second time with the vacuum hose. Pay particular attention to the seams and crevices that can hide pockets of debris and dust. Once the mattress is thoroughly cleaned and dried, consider sealing it in a high quality mattress cover to protect it. Adding a pad between the cover and the mattress surface may help prolong the life of the pillow top and help absorb any moisture. Replace your sheets and freshly-laundered bedding, and you’re ready for a fresh night’s sleep.