How to Best Keep Your Mattress Clean

by Fiona Rodgers
(London, UK)

If you’ve recently bought a mattress, you’ll know how expensive they can be. With that being said, you’ll want to keep it clean and fresh so that it will last longer, smell nicer, and be free from bugs and other unwanted creepy crawlies.

Here are some ways to keep your mattress clean:

1. Buy A Quality Mattress Cover

A high-quality mattress cover will block dead skin cells, dirt, and dust from penetrating into the mattress. A waterproof cover will even stop wine, sweat, and other liquids from staining it. If you can’t find a waterproof mattress cover, buy a waterproof bed sheet and place it under the mattress.

2. Vacuum The Mattress Regularly

Take off the mattress cover and thoroughly vacuum your mattress once a month to remove any dust or dead skin that made it past the cover. Wash the cover and replace it when it’s worn or damaged. Make sure you never place the cover back on the bed if it’s still damp after washing, as you might end up with a mattress with mildew.

3. Use Hot Water

When washing your sheets and your mattress cover, use hot water to kill any bed bugs or other critters that may have nestled in.

4. Sun

Haul your mattress outside or onto the porch three or four times a year. The UV rays from the sun will kill any bacteria, and being out in the open will air out the mattress.

5. Use Some Baking Soda

Baking soda sprinkled onto a bare mattress will absorb any unpleasant odours. Just leave the baking soda on the mattress for two to three hours and vacuum it up when you’re done.

6. Air It Out

Your mattress can get mouldy if it’s always covered up and left damp from perspiration. Just pull the sheets and bedding off when you get out of bed and put it back when you get home from work.

7. Turn Your Mattress

If you have a coil spring or pocket mattress, you should turn it over once every six months. Alternate between side-to-side and end-to-end. Don’t turn your mattress if you have a memory foam, since it needs to stay side-up to prevent damage.

8. Clean Up As Quickly As Possible

Whether you have food or beverage spills, pet stains or sweat patches, the first thing you should do is attend to the problem. Blot up as much as you possibly can with a towel. Stand on the towel on top of the mattress to try to soak up as much liquid from deep within.

Then, sprinkle some baking soda over the entire surface of the spill and let it sit for at least six to eight hours. This will draw out any leftover moisture.

It’s important you protect your mattress in order to keep it as clean and fresh as possible. Follow these simple tips and you shouldn’t have a problem.

For more information on keeping your mattress clean, visit The Odd Mattress Company.

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Updated: December 30, 2013 — 9:47 pm

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