Learn How to Disinfect a Mattress By Following These Easy Steps
When you love your mattress, the thought of having to replace it can be a nightmare. Since you spend approximately a third of your life sleeping, it’s important that you love the mattress you sleep on; and that it provides you with the appropriate comfort and support.
Whether your mattress has a funky smell or it is causing allergy flare ups, all you need is a few common household items to disinfect a mattress and have it smelling like new again.
What Lives in Your Mattress
While most of us know we should clean our mattress fairly often, do you know what yucky things reside in your mattress?
- Dust Mites – These nasty bugs, close relatives of fleas and ticks, feed on dead skin shed by humans. They thrive in warm, humid environments such as mattresses, couches and carpets. Dust mite allergy symptoms include sneezing, itchy and watery eyes, runny nose, nasal congestion and much more. You do not want these tiny bugs lurking in your mattress.
- Pet Dander – Who doesn’t want their furry friend cuddled up to them at night?—I know I do. What you don’t see falling onto your mattress is tiny flecks of your pet’s skin. Pet dander is a common cause of allergies and can cause sneezing, itchy eyes, runny nose, rashes, eczema and more.
- Pollen – Pollen can be brought into your home several ways: Through open windows, your hair and clothes after being outside or your pet. More than 25 million Americans are allergic to pollen. So it’s extremely important you regularly clean your mattress to avoid pollen related allergy symptoms. These symptoms include: itchy throat, itchy and watery eyes, runny or stuffy nose, sneezing and coughing.
How to Disinfect and Deodorize
What you’ll need: baking soda, a vacuum cleaner with brush attachment and your favorite essential oil (optional). Before you begin the cleaning process, remove everything from your mattress such as sheets or mattress protectors.
Step 1: Air Your Mattress
Air out your mattress for a while. This will allow trapped scents and moisture to be released.
Step 2: Apply Baking Soda
Use a sifter to apply baking soda to your mattress. If you want your mattress to have a scent, add 5-10 drops of essential oil to the baking soda.
The sifter will help you apply an even layer. Let the baking soda sit for at least an hour, and up to three hours, so it has the time to do its job. The longer it sits, the more odors it will remove.
Step 3: Vacuum Your Mattress
Vacuum your entire mattress using the brush attachment. Make sure you clean the attachment before you start as it will be touching your clean mattress.
Some companies sell attachments specifically for mattresses, so if your current attachment is rather dirty you may want to look into that.
Step 4: Air Your Mattress Again!
Once your mattress is completely cleared of baking soda, you’ll want to let it air out again, for about an hour. This will ensure all moisture is evaporated. Once your mattress has aired out, put the sheets back on and enjoy your freshly cleaned mattress.
Step 5 (optional): Sunshine Your Mattress
If you’d like to go a step further airing out your mattress, setting the mattress in direct sunlight for 1-2 hours will remove any remaining smells and the heat will kill any dust mites you might have missed.
Never Steam Clean a Foam Mattress
Among the many methods of disinfecting a mattress, steam cleaning is quite popular. While it is effective on some mattress types, this cleaning method should never be used on foam mattresses, which is the preferred mattress type for many.
There are many benefits to owning a foam mattress such as comfort, support, and motion disturbance, but these mattresses cannot handle getting wet. Liquid gets trapped between the several layers of foam and can be difficult to remove.
This makes any form of cleaning that is water based, like steam cleaning or shampooing, not suitable for foam mattresses. But the method above should take care of any cleaning your mattress needs.
Disinfecting your mattress doesn’t need to involve heavy equipment or harsh chemicals. All you need is baking soda, a vacuum with a brush attachment and optionally a bottle of essential oil to make your mattress smell better than ever.
Have a tough stain such as pet urine? You might find this article on how to clean urine from a foam mattress helpful.
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