How to clean your mattress (spring/coil).

Face it, mattresses come into contact with things that we would rather not think about;

  • Sleeping on one, once soiled, is not a delightful thought.
  • Even if you are very careful in bed and use a good mattress pad, the reality is a mattress will become soiled as a result of body oil leaching threw the mattress pad, as well as your mattress will most likely have dust mites.
  • As a preventative step use a good mattress pad and launder it on a regular basis.

It is not a bad idea to clean your mattress every now and then. The necessity and regularity of cleaning for the most part is a function of what your mattress is exposed to or how it is covered and protected.

Here is what we recommend one do in the spring and fall:

Routine semi-annual cleaning:

  1. Take approximately one cup of baking soda and place it in a flour sifter.Use baking soda to clean your mattress
  2. Gently shake the sifter over the top of the mattress, distributing the baking soda evenly on the top surface of the mattress.Use a sifter to sprinkle baking soda on the mattress surface
  3. Take a small fine bristled brush and gently scrub the surface of the mattress working the baking soda into the fabric.
  4. Allow the baking soda to sit on the bed for about 15 minutes. Now get your vacuum cleaner and place the upholstery attachment on it and vacuum the mattress accordingly. Vacuum slowly up and down the mattress then back and forth to ensure you are lifting out the baking soda.

Vacuuming baking soda off the mattress

  • Cleaning your mattress in this manner will help mitigate any of the stale odors that can build up.
  • There are mixed opinions on whether baking soda will kill dust mites.
    • I have read some articles suggesting that the baking soda will act as a desiccant and dehydrate them. However, I have scanned the Arm & Hammer website and could not find any data that supports this notion.  
    • I suspect that if there was evidence that supported this, they would tout this as an additional benefit.
  • Nonetheless, the baking soda will deodorize the mattress and the vacuuming will reduce the presence of dust mites.
  • One may also consider spraying the mattress with a sanitizer such as Lysol once you have completed the baking soda treatment.

Stain Removal

  • From time to time you may find that your mattress has become stained from something you may not want to be sleeping on.
  • Most mattresses are constructed from springs or coils that support a frame and the top and bottom fabric layers. These layers are typically a large piece of polyester fabric quilted with a foam core as shown below.
  1. This surface can be cleaned with a typical everyday carpet cleaner that you might rent at a Home Depot or the like.
    • Be sure to rent the upholstery attachments.

Cleaning your mattress with a hand attachment carpet cleaner

  • Pour a ¼ cup of a mild laundry detergent in the carpet cleaner’s reservoir. 
  • Fill the reservoir with hot water.
  • Carefully spray a small section of the mattress and immediately vacuum this area up with the carpet cleaner vacuum attachment.
    • Be careful not to over soak the mattress as the foam in the core of the quilted top/bottom will absorb liquid.
  • Repeat these steps until the entire mattress has been cleaned.
  • Discard any unused water detergent solution – rinse the reservoir and fill with hot clear water.
  • Repeat step 3 with the water only solution (as a rinse). As noted before, be careful not to soak the mattress. Go over the mattress with the carpet cleaner vacuum to extract as much water as possible.
  • In the event that the mattress is too wet, place dry towels on top of the bed applying pressure in attempt to wick excess water with the towel.
  • If you perform this task at a time in which the windows of the bedroom can be opened, this will aid in evaporating any dampness out of the mattress.
    • You may also consider placing a room fan on a chair directed at the mattress to aid in the drying process.

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