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Life can be messy sometimes but whatever mess you get yourself into, it can always be cleaned up and made right again. The same can be said for your mattress, considering the amount of time you spend chillin’ in bed, snuggling, watching Netflix, munching on cookies, catching some daytime Zzzs, and allowing pets on the bed, all contribute to a mattress full of dust, germs, dead skin cells, dust mites, and sweat residue.
No sweat though because we got this covered here as we teach you mattress sanitizing using various methods and household items.
Sleeping on a clean mattress is the first step to proper sleep hygiene
Sleeping on a clean mattress is the first step to proper sleep hygiene. Mattress disinfecting removes all those nasty germs that are lurking under the surface. You may think ‘I don’t see them so I don’t care’, however, you don’t want to be breathing in dust all night or sleeping on germs that can transfer to your skin, especially your face which can cause breakouts.
Consider mattress sanitizing if;
Steam cleaning is the most natural method to mattress sanitizing
Steam cleaning is the most natural method to mattress sanitizing, it’s almost like mattress dry cleaning. All you need is a handheld steamer such as the one used to steam garments and you’re ready to break up stains and eradicate those nasty dust mites. You don’t want to soak the mattress so use short sharp bursts of steam.
A disinfectant spray for mattresses works similar to steam cleaning because it kills germs, critters, and break up sweat stains. Ensure the spray is bleach-free, cleaning mattress with bleach could damage the fibers. Gently mist the mattress surface (don’t soak) and blot with a damp cloth. Open a window and allow to air dry completely before dressing the bed.
Vodka martini for you and one for the bed! Vodka is a natural disinfectant and great at mattress sanitizing. Pour some vodka into an empty spray bottle and gently mist over the entire mattress. Take care not to soak the mattress and blot with a clean dry rag. Open a window and allow to air dry before dressing the bed.
Baking soda and vinegar have been staple cleaning agents for decades. Pour some vinegar into a spray bottle and lightly mist the mattress. After 10 minutes, blot with a dry rag or paper towels. Sieve baking soda on mattress and allow to sit for as long as possible in a ventilated room. Vacuum mattress and dress the bed.
Make a homemade enzyme cleaner with 8 ounces of hydrogen peroxide and 3 tablespoons of baking soda. This method is generally used for stubborn stains, apply to the affected area, and allow to sit for as long as possible. Take a damp cloth and gently blot the stain, allow to air dry before vacuuming the entire bed and base.
Most shaving foam contains alcohol and therefore can tackle stubborn mattress stains. The think consistency mirrors that of a stain remover. Spray onto the stain and let sit for 20 minutes, remove the excess foam, and blot with a damp cloth. Rinse with 50/50 water and vinegar solution and let air dry completely before dressing the bed.
Another household item to deodorize mattress is cornstarch. Baking soda and cornstarch can be mixed together for a double whammy of cleaning strength. Sprinkle 50/50 cornstarch and baking soda mix onto the mattress, allow to sit for 30 minutes, vacuum the entire mattress, bed base, and under the bed before putting the sheets back on.
Dry sheets in direct sunlight or hot dryer as the heat will act as a natural disinfectant
The best way to clean a used mattress is to;
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It’s important not to get memory foam wet and avoid using harsh products such as ammonia and bleach. Bleach on a mattress can be very damaging.
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There are many household items that can be used as mattress cleaners and mattress deodorizer
It’s a lot more difficult to clean stains and disinfect an old mattress. If your mattress is roughly 8 years old, it may be more beneficial to your sleep health to invest in a new mattress and mattress protector that can prevent stains from developing.
There are many household items that can be used as mattress cleaners and mattress deodorizer.
Mattress sanitizing might appear difficult but with a little time and patience, you can get your mattress clean and cozy again.
Once your mattress is fresh and clean again, consider a mattress protector to prevent further stains from developing and prolonging your mattress lifespan.
vacuum mattress, base, and under your bed. Gently mist your antibacterial spray over the surface of the mattress, take care not to soak the mattress. Using a clean damp rag, blot the mattress. Allow to air dry by an open window or in direct sunlight as this will further sterilize a mattress.
Easily deodorize mattress with baking soda. Begin by vacuuming the entire mattress, base, and under the bed. Sprinkle or sieve the baking soda onto the mattress surface and allow to sit for as long as possible, preferably in direct sunlight. Vacuum when ready, your mattress ought to be nice and fresh again.
Vacuum mattress, base, and under your bed. Treat any stains with stain remover and sprinkle or sieve baking soda onto the mattress surface. Let sit for as long as possible before vacuuming again. Flip and repeat the process. Take care with certain mattresses such as memory foam as these can’t get too wet.
In an empty spray bottle mix equal parts of hydrogen peroxide, liquid soap, and water. Vacuum mattress, base, and under your bed and spray solution onto the mattress surface. After 30 minutes take a clean dry cloth and dab excess liquid. Sprinkle baking soda onto the mattress, let sit for a couple hours, and vacuum mattress again and air dry.
Vacuum mattress, base, and under your bed. Use stain remover on any stains then sieve baking soda onto the entire mattress surface. Allow to sit for as long as possible and vacuum mattress again. Flip the mattress and repeat the process on the other side. Vacuum mattress, base, and under your bed before dressing.
To deodorize mattress, you can use a can of Lysol Fabric Mist. This can also be used on sheets, blankets, and pillows for a refresh. Ensure the mattress, sheets, and pillows are completely dry before dressing the bed. Lysol eradicates bacteria and is safe to use on most mattresses but read the lebel carefully.
It is not recommended to get bleach on mattress because it can be damaging to the mattress fibers. It is therefore recommended to clean your mattress using a more gentle approach with baking soda, vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, or steam clean. Ensure to vacuum mattress, base, and under your bed before you begin.
Strip the bed and put the sheets into the washer on the hottest setting the fabric can handle. Wash with strong laundry detergent and fabric softener. Spray the mattress with a bed bug spray following the guidelines on the label. Vacuum mattress, base, and under your bed to finish cleaning.
Strip the bed and put the sheets into the washer on the hottest setting the fabric can take. Use a strong laundry detergent and fabric softener. Dry sheets in direct sunlight or hot dryer because the heat will act as a natural disinfectant. Vacuum mattress, base, and under your bed before dressing your bed again.