How to Clean a Mattress

April 27, 2018

How to clean a mattress and remove stains with baking soda, a vacuum, and hydrogen peroxide

Learning how to clean a mattress (like learning how to wash pillows) is one of those household tasks that isn’t always top of mind. If you think about it, you spend about ⅓ of your life laying on your mattress so making sure you take good care of it is important. Luckily, mattress cleaning and maintenance isn’t very difficult – all you need is baking soda, a vacuum, and hydrogen peroxide to clean, deodorize, and treat stains!

HOW TO CLEAN A MATTRESS

  • Remove all pillows, sheets, mattress protector, etc. and sprinkle the surface of your mattress with baking soda
  • Leave baking soda on the surface of your mattress for 12-24 hours (the longer the better!) to absorb any odors or moisture
  • Vacuum baking soda plus any lingering dust, dirt, and dead skin that inevitably seeps between the fibers of your sheets away before re-making the bed!

HOW TO REMOVE STAINS FROM A MATTRESS

How to clean a mattress and remove stains with baking soda, a vacuum, and hydrogen peroxide

If your mattress has a tough stain to remove, follow these steps:

  • Attach a spray nozzle to a bottle of hydrogen peroxide
  • Spray the mattress stain lightly with the hydrogen peroxide then leave it alone to dry completely
  • You will be amazed by how effective this is! If after drying, you notice the stain isn’t fully gone just repeat the process
  • Never spray so much that you soak the mattress and always make sure it is FULLY dry before covering up with sheets

HOW TO MAINTAIN THE QUALITY OF A MATTRESS

  • Rotate your mattress every 3 months (TIP: set up a recurring calendar reminder to let you know when it’s time to rotate again)
  • If you use a box spring, rotate the box spring every 6 months (but never flip!) to keep it from wearing too quickly in one area
  • Protect your mattress from future stains with a quality mattress protector – consider a waterproof mattress protector if you have young children who are more prone to getting sick/having accidents

DON’T FORGET ABOUT YOUR PILLOWS

Pillows require regular cleaning as well! Check out how to wash your pillows.

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Learn how to clean a mattress and how to treat mattress stains - all you need is baking soda, a vacuum, and hydrogen peroxide!

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