Mattresses are one such thing that can help you relax and offers a comfy feel after a tiring workday. But what if it is dirty and smelly? Surely, you will not get a good night’s sleep. Dust mites, bacteria, and other nasty stuff are often found lurking in our mattresses. Therefore, deep cleaning your mattress is equally as crucial as cleaning the carpets, flooring, furniture, and upholstery of your home.
The good news is that vacuum cleaners are the perfect tool for removing these nasty little critters and makes your mattress fresh, hygienic, and dust/stain/odor-free. So, here we are with some smart tips and tricks to maintain and clean your mattress with the best vacuum cleaners.
First Things First, How to Remove Dry Dirt From Your Mattress?
Dust, dirt, dander, and other microbes are pervasive in your mattress, and vacuuming is the best way to get rid of all these. But using the proper vacuum attachment is highly essential.
Well, vacuuming the mattress with an upholstery attachment is the best idea here. Start vacuuming the mattress surface slowly until you have covered the entire surface to remove dead skin cells, dirt, or dust mites from it.
Brush over the top and sides of the mattress as well as on the fabric to remove dust below the surface. As you vacuum your bed, stay aware of seams and crevices as these areas tend to collect a lot of dust, dirt, dead skin, and other pollutants. If you wish to get around the seams more deeply, we recommend switching to the crevice attachment for the best cleaning results.
Many new vacuums now come with some advanced tools that vibrate against mattress and upholstery fabrics to help pull dust out in a far better way.
- In order to avoid accidental damage to your mattress, always read the manufacturer’s cleaning instructions and warranty requirements before you begin cleaning. Only use products and techniques safe for your specific mattress.
- Rotate and flip your mattress every three to four months and vacuum it simultaneously to maintain its cleanliness.
- Avoid using a rolling brush attachment because it can damage the mattress surface.
How to Treat Stains and Spots From Your Mattress?
Once you have finished dry vacuuming on the mattress surface, it’s time to remove stains and spots from it. There is nothing more irritating than dealing with multiple types of stains on your mattress, such as urine, sweat, and blood. But these simple tips will surely give you the best cleaning results.
I. Cleaning Blood Spots From Your Mattress
Blood is a tough stain that is hard to remove. You can try this procedure to simply remove blood stains and spots from your mattress.
Make a paste of baking soda and cold water. Apply it on the stain and let it sit for half an hour. Now remove it using a damp cloth and vacuum it finally.
Alternatively, you can also use the paste of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide on the blood stain. It will also work wonderfully in treating the stain completely from your mattress.
II. Cleaning Sweat Stains From Your Mattress
You may experience some off-white or slightly-yellow stains on some areas of your mattress. It may be the patches of sweat stains or something else. Removing it is quite easy with this trick.
Spray some hydrogen peroxide on the stain and let it air dry. Now, vacuum the surface to remove those stains completely.
III. Cleaning Urine Stains From Your Mattress
Most of you have surely experienced urine stains on your mattress (possibly from your pet or infants). It is vital to clean it as soon as possible to prevent the growth of bacteria or fungi or nasty smell from it. So what do you need to do?
Mix two cups of cold water, a cup of distilled white vinegar, and 2-3 tablespoons of washing detergent into a spray bottle. Now, spray the mixture onto the stain and allow it to sit for at least 10-15 minutes. After that, blot it with a dry cloth to remove excess liquid from it.
Following this, cover the entire soiled area with baking soda and let it sit for a minimum of 8-10 hours. Afterward, vacuum the baking soda from your mattress (make sure the powder is dry; otherwise, it may damage your vacuum cleaner) and air dry your mattress completely.
Still, if you find the spot is not gone, repeat the same procedure two-three times until the stain goes off completely.
DIY Homemade Mattress Cleaning Solutions
Baking Soda Paste: Paste of baking soda and water is one of the best stain removing cleaners for a variety of stains like food, drinks, dried blood, etc.
Hydrogen Peroxide: Hydrogen peroxide is another best alternative to lift blood and other stubborn stains. Take a 1:1 solution of cold water and hydrogen peroxide and apply the solution to the stain. Then blot it using a clean cloth.
Vinegar Solution: Vinegar is one of the best cleaning products. The 50-50 white vinegar and warm water is the perfect solution to sanitize your mattress. Not just that, it also removes vomit and urine stains effectively. For better results, you can add a few drops of essential oil to the vinegar solution to get a fresh fragrance.
Lemon Juice: If you want something easy, we recommend opting for this alternative as lemon juice is one of the most common ingredients you can find easily in your home. Mixing lemon juice and salt in a paste can help remove wine stains, soda stains, or other discolorations from your mattress.
How to Deodorize Your Mattress?
Now, after dry cleaning and stain removal of the mattress, it’s time for deodorizing and sanitizing your mattress. Sometimes your mattress smells funky, making you too uncomfortable to sleep on it.
The best way to remove unpleasant odors from your mattress is using baking soda. Startup by sprinkling some baking soda on the entire surface of the mattress and allow it to rest for a minimum of 30 minutes so that it can absorb all the odors from the mattress. Once done, vacuum it up using your vacuum’s upholstery attachment.
How to Disinfect Your Mattress?
Disinfecting your mattress is also very important to get rid of germs and bacteria.
The best method is steam cleaning, which effectively removes dust mites, bed bugs, and other allergens from the mattress. You can use a steam vacuum cleaner with an upholstery attachment to do this. Alternatively, you can also use a garment steamer for steam cleaning your mattress. The penetrating steam will kill dust mites and allergens from it; afterward, vacuum the mattress again.
Another method you can use for steam cleaning of your mattress is using white vinegar and water solution. Mix one cup of water and a half cup of white vinegar and spray it over (use only light mist, not soak fully). Then let it rest for half an hour. After that, dab it with a clean cloth or paper towel to remove moisture from it. Finally, allow it to dry completely.
Tips for Keeping Your Mattress Clean For Longer
- Clean your mattress every three to four months.
- If there are stains, try to treat them immediately.
- Use a vacuum cleaner with HEPA Filter to suck up dust mites more effectively, especially if you are an allergy sufferer.
- Use a mattress cover or protector to prevent moisture from getting into the mattress, which will help prevent the growth of mold and mildew.
- Change your bedsheets frequently (at every three-four days).
- Flip your mattress every three months. This will extend the life of your mattress.