Tips And Tricks For Getting The Cleanest Mattress Possible
It can be pretty scary to think about what’s lurking in certain areas of your home. Even if you clean on a regular basis and maintain a neat and tidy home, things can get overlooked. One of the most commonly forgotten areas that should be on everyone’s list of chores is their mattress. When you consider how much time you actually spend on it, you realize how much guck can be hanging out in and around a mattress. Even though it isn’t something you can just toss into your washing machine, it’s still very easy to clean and maintain. To find out how you can tackle this seemingly overwhelming task in no time flat, keep reading!
Tip 1: Vacuum Your Mattress
One of the easiest ways to take care of dust and any other bits of debris that may be on your mattress is to vacuum it every time you flip/rotate it, which should be at the beginning of every season. Remember to use a clean attachment in order to avoid adding even more unnecessary nastiness to your mattress.
Tip 2: Deodorize It
To take your vacuum job to the next level, you can add an extra step to the process. Simply sprinkle sifted baking soda onto your mattress and let it sit for 30 minutes before vacuuming it up. Because it is a natural deodorizer, the baking soda will tackle any unwanted smells that may be lingering from sweat and other common mattress inhabitants.
Tip: Feel free to add a few drops of essential oil, like lavender, to the baking soda prior to sifting it to create a lovely aroma you can enjoy every time you wake up and fall asleep!
Tip 3: Spot Clean
If you happen to spill anything on your mattress, it’s best to deal with it immediately. To do this, use a cool, damp cloth to gently blot the mess, followed by more blotting with a dry cloth. Remember, never rub when trying to clean up a stain! This will actually cause it to seep deeper into the material.
Tip: An easy cleaning solution you can put together to use on fresh messes is a mixture of equal parts salt, baking soda, and cold water. Rub the paste on the mess and brush it off after it sits for 30 minutes. Use a cool, damp cloth to remove any excess, and allow the area to dry completely before remaking your bed.
Tip 4: Tackle Tough Stains
If the previous solution does not work, or you are dealing with a super-tough stain that may not have been dealt with right away, try mixing two parts hydrogen peroxide with one part dish soap. Apply the smallest amount possible of this mixture to the stain and gently use a toothbrush to scrub. Let the solution work its magic for five minute and then wipe away with a cool, damp cloth.
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Tip 5: Steam/Deep Clean
While there are those of you who may think you are perfectly capable of steaming and/or deep cleaning a mattress, this is actually a job that should be left to a professional. If you’ve done it in the past, and succeeded in maintaining a safe, dry mattress, kudos to you. However, when it comes to anything more than a tiny bit of liquid, mattresses can be a hotbed for even bigger problems like mold spores! To avoid this — and any other potential side effects of a deep clean gone wrong — call in in the pros to tackle this tough job.
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Tip 6: Turn/Flip Every Season
In order to prevent any unevenness in your mattress, a good habit to get into is turning or flipping it every season. This is especially important if you share your bed with someone, as their weight and size can make one side of the mattress different from the other. To prolong the life of your bed and ensure even wear and tear, set aside a minute of your time every few months to perform this simple task!
Tip 7: Use A Mattress Protector
The easiest, most surefire way to ensure your mattress is protected from potential spills, messes, and other fiascoes is to guard it with a mattress protector. It’s just like putting a napkin on your lap when you eat; it’s way easier to deal with a mess on something that can either be thrown away or tossed in the washing machine!