Did you know? We actually spend up to 1/3 of our lives on our mattresses - it's a necessity that we come home to everyday! Needless to say, we have to take active and careful steps to ensure its cleanliness for our own comfort and hygiene. Taking good care of our mattresses helps to prolong its quality and keeps the bedroom clean as well!
Mattress cleaning is no rocket science – all you need is some simple cleaning tools and basic ingredients. Follow the guide below on how to clean, wash, and take care of your mattress.
8 SIMPLE STEPS
- Remove all pillows and decorative items from the bed, then strip all sheets of the mattress (be it top sheets, fitted sheets, or protective lining)
- You can wash the sheets, linens, and pillowcases in the washing machine while the mattress is being cleaned.
- Vacuum the mattress to remove mites, dust, dead skin, hair, and other debris from the mattress. You can use both the wide brush attachment and long upholstery nozzle for the vacuum, but make sure they are completely clean before using.
- Get rid of any spills by blotting with a clean cloth damp with cold water.
- For stains (from dirt, food, or drinks), dip an old toothbrush into a mixture of 2 tablespoons (30 ml) of hydrogen peroxide and 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of liquid dish soap in a small bowl.
- For more stubborn, biological stains such as blood, urine, sweat or vomit, spray some enzyme cleaner into a clean cloth. Blot and let the enzyme sit on the stain for about 15 minutes before blotting with cold water to remove it.
- Sprinkle baking soda over the mattress to cleanse and deodorize it. Leave it for at least 30 minutes or even a few hours, and then vacuum the mattress again to remove the baking soda.
- Lastly, air the mattress, flip it over, put all the protective lining and sheets on again and you’re good to go!
TIME TO CHANGE YOUR MATTRESS?
You should replace your mattress anytime after about 5 to 10 years. According to the National Sleep Foundation, a good mattress should last up to 9 or 10 years tops. However, if you are already experiencing a lower quality sleep or rest, it would be a good idea to replace it slightly earlier, after 5 to 7 years of its purchase. Research shows that people who changed their mattresses every 5 years actually enjoy better rest during their sleep, and experience fewer back problems.