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How to Clean Mattresses

by Emily Lloyd

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Things You Need:

  • Vacuum with brush attachment
  • Cleaning rags
  • Vinegar

Since we spend a large portion of our lives sleeping, keeping our mattresses clean is more than just a vain concern. Stains can come from pets, kids and a myriad of other accidents. Although you can't just throw your mattress in the washing machine, there are ways to get rid of stains and odors. Cleaning a mattress has never been easier. Keep reading below for tips on how to clean mattresses.

Cleaning a Mattress:

  1. Flip and rotate mattresses regularly. To keep this piece of bedroom furniture from developing a permanent body indent, most experts recommend flipping and/or rotating your bed's mattress every three to six months.

  2. Treat spills immediately. For best possible results, be sure to address spills immediately. Find a clean rag and then blot the spot. You should never scrub a fresh stain. Scrubbing the spot will only make the spill soak deeper into the mattress. When dealing with pet urine, a common household product that will help get rid of the smell is vinegar. Fill a spray bottle with a mixture of one part vinegar and one part water, spray the affected area (don't pour it on!) and then use a clean towel or rag to blot the damp area. Repeat three or four times and then leave the mattress in a place where it can dry for a few hours.

  3. Vacuum your mattresses. Vacuuming your mattress and other bedroom furniture will help to get rid of dust and crumbs that accumulate on your mattress. Another benefit to vacuuming your mattress is that when spills do occur they won't mix with dirt and make an even nastier stain.

  4. Air out your mattresses. One way to get rid of mild cases of mold and mildew is to let the sun dry your mattress. Be sure to wipe any visible mold or mildew off the mattress. Remember, this works only if a small portion of your mattress is affected; get a new mattress if you find mold or mildew stains that are extensive or deep.

Tip from Overstock.com:

  1. Invest in a waterproof pad or mattress topper for your mattress so you won't have to worry about cleaning your entire mattress next time there's a spill. Just remove the pad and put a fresh one on the mattress.

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