How Do You Sanitize a Mattress? A Cleaning Guide for Mattresses
How often do you clean your mattress? If you’re like most people, it has probably been a while. In this guide, we’ll answer the all-important question: How do you sanitize a mattress?
Here are a few things you’ll need to get started:
- a vacuum with a nozzle attachment and a brush attachment
- your favorite lightweight liquid cleaner or soap
- antibacterial spray
- a spray bottle
- baking soda
- warm to hot water
- clean rags
- a scrubbing brush like a toothbrush
- pet odor and stain remover (optional)
- Bonus points: use a mattress protector!
The mattress cleaning method covered in this article is appropriate for all mattress types including innerspring and foam mattresses.
Step One: Vacuuming Your Mattress
To begin the process of sanitizing your mattress, start with vacuuming the surface. Strip the mattress of all bedding.
Use the brush attachment to scrub and dig out any crumbs or dirt that might be stuck in the seams or edges.
Follow this up with a second round of vacuuming—only this time, use the nozzle attachment to get into all the nooks and crannies that might have evaded the bristles of the brush.
Vacuuming is a vital step in ensuring your mattress is free of dust mites and visible debris.
Step Two: De-odorizing Your Mattress for a Fresher Smell
Sprinkle a light layer of baking soda over the surface of your mattress. Dust the baking soda into all of the seams and any areas that smell especially musty.
Leave the baking soda on your mattress for a few hours, or overnight if possible.
The baking soda will help remove any unwanted odors. A whole box of baking soda may be required for some mattresses.
When the baking soda has had a chance to work its magic, use a vacuum with a nozzle attachment to clean up the powder.
Avoid pressing too hard into the fabric with the nozzle. Otherwise, the baking soda may be rubbed into the fabric of the mattress.
Step Three: Use a Pet Stain and Odor Remover for Tough Stains and Smells
Follow this step only if you’re dealing with stains or odors that are pervasive and hard to clean with mild soap.
While the baking soda will be strong enough to tackle mild odors, a stronger product may be necessary for tough stains and smells.
Use a fabric-safe pet stain and odor remover to spot clean any difficult stains. After you’ve applied the product and allow it to do its work, use a toothbrush and warm water to scrub out the stain.
Repeat the application of the stain remover if necessary. Take special care with foam mattresses. Some pet odor and stain removers will not be safe for a foam mattress.
Step Four: Wipe Down Your Mattress With a Soap Solution
Mix a 50-50 blend of your favorite liquid cleaner or soap with hot or very warm water in a spray bottle. Apply the solution in a light mist over the entire surface of your mattress.
Use a clean rag to wipe down the fabric. You may also dip a clean rag into your soap solution to scrub away any tougher stains or spots.
Just be sure to wring out your soapy rag as thoroughly as you can to ensure the fabric of your mattress doesn’t become saturated with moisture. Excess moisture can promote the growth of mildew and mold.
Step Five: Spray Down Your Mattress With an Anti-Bacterial Spray
Pour a lightweight anti-bacterial cleaner into a spray bottle. Spritz your mattress with a light mist of the anti-bacterial cleaner.
Cover all sides of your mattress, but do not over-apply the product. Your mattress should be slightly moist but not damp or wet to the touch.
Let the cleaner sit on the fabric for a few minutes. When enough time has passed, wipe down the fabric with a clean rag dipped in warm water. Make sure the rag is wrung out thoroughly before wiping down your mattress.
The anti-bacterial cleaner will kill any germs or dust mites missed by the soap water solution.
Step Six: Dry Off Your Mattress and Cover It Up!
Allow your mattress to air dry completely before making your bed. It may take a few hours to be dry to the touch.
To add an extra layer of protection to your mattress, cover it with a mattress protector.
Mattress protectors act as a barrier to preserve the cleanliness and quality of your mattress. They can protect against dust mites, food spills, other staining, bacteria growth, and even rips and tears in the fabric.
Aim to sanitize your mattress three or four times a year. Regular cleanings can extend the life of your mattress and help safeguard your health while you sleep.
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