How To Deep Clean A Mattress

How To Deep Clean A Mattress

When was the last time you deep cleaned your mattress? If that answer is “I have no idea,” then listen up. You need to get rid of all dust mites, bacteria, and other allergens in your bed. Otherwise, you’ll be feeling lousy and sneezy.

A thorough deep clean will also make your mattress last longer by eradicating harmful pests like dust mites – which can not only trigger allergies but don’t produce any valuable substances for cleaning or removing stains. Remember, these pests poop everywhere.

How To Deep Clean A Mattress

Why You Should Deep Clean Your Mattress

Over time, dust, skin cells, and dead skin build up on the surface of your mattress. This is normal, but it’s important not to let it accumulate to dangerous levels.

Why You Should Deep Clean Your Mattress

Dust mites live in bedding fabrics like sheets and pillows, feed off carbon dioxide (the stuff you exhale while sleeping), and bodily fluids shed by humans and animals. They thrive in an environment where there is a high concentration of these gases. Plus, since they can’t go where the light is shining (when you wake up or go downstairs), they do their business at night.

That is why deep cleaning a mattress is a must-have if you want to sleep well and don’t be attacked by dust mites and other insects from the mattress.

How Often You Should Deep Clean The Mattress

Every 4 to 6 weeks. Dust mites multiply faster than you can imagine, so you should make sure they are taken care of regularly. Here are six steps you can take to deep clean your mattress.

How To Deep Clean A Mattress: 6 Easy Steps

Below you can find an easy step-by-step guide about how to deep clean a mattress and make your bed cleaned and fresh.

Remove Bedding

Remove blankets, sheets, and pillowcases from the beds. Clean these all separately and place them in a dryer bag with a moist fabric softener sheet. They need to be dry before switching mattresses. If your sheets are not dry, put them on the ceiling fan for several hours or run your air purifier for a few hours.

How To Deep Clean A Mattress: Remove Bedding

Vacuum The Mattress

Use the vacuum’s brush attachment to remove dust mites from the top layer of your mattress. Test the suction power on a dry spot before using it in a wet area to ensure you won’t damage your mattress. If you don’t have one, use a vacuum with a hard floor attachment. You can also use a unique dust mite vacuum tool, but make sure you don’t use this tool on other furniture or rugs. Hand vac is also acceptable for this job.

How To Deep Clean A Mattress: Vacuum The Mattress

Sprinkle The Mattress With Baking Soda And Wait

This will dehydrate any moisture that remains in the mattress and kill any still alive bugs. Use an old towel to make sure you don’t get baking soda all over your floor and pick up all excess powder. Let the bedsit like this for 24 hours.

How To Deep Clean A Mattress: Sprinkle The Mattress With Baking Soda And Wait

Vacuum Again

Remove as much baking soda as possible, and then vacuum a second time. This will remove any allergens you couldn’t extract the first time around.

Air Out The Mattress And A Bedroom

Let your mattress air out for at least 24 hours to make sure it doesn’t smell after deep cleaning. Then, place it back into your bed frame and enjoy! You can also use this time to air out your bedroom to ensure every room in your home is in perfect condition before you start sleeping in it again.

How To Deep Clean A Mattress: Air Out The Mattress And A Bedroom

Clean A Bed Frame And A Box Spring

If your bed has a metal frame, vacuum it or wipe it down with a damp cloth to remove dust particles. If you have a wooden slatted bed frame, you can also use it as a place to hang laundry while you clean the mattress. Just put sheets over the slats and place clothespins on them to avoid them stretching out of shape or sliding off. You can also leave your mattress on the floor and clean its resting place – the box spring – by vacuuming or wiping it down with a damp cloth.


How Do You Clean A Really Dirty Mattress?

There are many different ways that you can clean a really dirty mattress. The main method would be to vacuum the mattress and then use either a rag or your hands to scrub off any remaining dust, dirt, and other grime. This will take much longer than simply washing the mattress.

Is It Possible To Deep Clean A Mattress?

It’s possible to deep clean a mattress – but the process needs to be done by professionals. They will remove any stains or spots and remove dust, allergens, and other particles that lurk inside the mattress. The process can take anywhere from a few hours to overnight, depending on how dirty the mattress is. 

How Do You Get Brown Stains Out Of A Mattress?

Brown stains on a mattress are possibly one of the most frustrating and persistent stains for homeowners to remove. Don’t worry; it is possible to get brown stains out of a mattress. You should wash the stained area in cold or warm water with a mild detergent.
Then, apply to rub alcohol to any remaining stain mark before letting it air dry. Spray each spot with chlorine bleach right after the mark appears white. If you can’t find chlorine bleach, use regular bleach instead.

Nick Favreau

Nick Favreau is an expert mattress writer, whose unbiased reviews and in-depth analyses of mattresses have made him a trusted source of information for those looking for quality sleep.

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