Mattress care is probably something you don’t think about often. You wouldn’t wear the same pair of underwear day in and day out would you? Well, we use our mattress everyday, and how often do they get cleaned? The word on the street is your mattress us a haven for all things funky. They collect blood, saliva and all other sort of bodily fluids. Dust mites use all of this “debris” as food. If that doesn’t totally send you running to the shower then good for you.
- Strip your mattress of all its linens to include the mattress pad. (if you don’t have one you may want to consider getting one to keep stains and things to a minimum) Wash everything in the hottest water possible to kill those pesky mites. Dry everything according to the manufacturers tags. Dryer not big enough? Head on over to the laundry mate and for about $1.75 you can use the industrial size dryers.
- Vacuum. While everything is being laundered grab your vacuum and upholstery cleaning tool. Vacuum the mattress thoroughly to get crumbs (shhh….we won’t tell anyone), hair and dust.
- Flip. It is recommended to flip and rotate your mattress every six months for even wear and tear. A good rule of thumb is to take on this task when you tackle the rest of your spring or fall cleaning. You can always rely on Martha Stewart to give us the 411 on how to do this. Skip to 7:46 on this video where she talks about how to flip it the right way. Or, view this diagram for an easy how-to.
- Clean. Next, sprinkle baking soda all over your mattress to freshen and extend it’s life. Grab a scrub brush and go to town scrubbing the baking soda into the fibers. Let that sit for about 10 minutes or so to absorb any moisture or odors. For biological stains you can use an Enzyme Cleaner to do the heavy lifting for you.
- Vacuum again. Vacuum up all the baking soda with the upholstery brush of your vacuum and put on the freshly laundered mattress pad and sheets.
With all these steps complete you can lay your head down at night knowing you’ve done your part to keep those dust mites at bay. Curious about laundering pillows? Stay tuned.
We’d love to hear any tips and tricks you have for keeping your beds clean and fresh.