Deep cleaning a mattress

Aug 2, 2021

Mattresses require frequent cleaning as they gather all the residues of sweat and dead skin which falls off our bodies as we sleep. During winter when the air is damp (as we do not open the windows because of the cold), mattresses can become a breeding ground for bacteria and other microorganisms. Odours, sweat, dust and dead skin cells will be easily trapped inside your mattress leading to possible yellow stains. Therefore, it is very important that mattresses are deep cleaned regularly.

It is always recommendable to use professional cleaners to deep clean a mattress as they will use industrial steam cleaners and dryers which will minimise the risks of leaving the mattress a little damp. However, to reduce costs most people will opt to do it themselves and the following tips are handy for a domestic deep clean.

It is essential to read the manufacturer’s instructions to get guidance on how best to deep clean the mattress. Using a steamer filled with a mixture of water, an anti-bacterial cleaner and some drops of scented room fragrance to clean the mattress will kill all the dust mites and leave fresh and fragranced smells in the room. You will need to make sure that the steaming end is pressed onto the mattress and then run it up and down in swishing movements from the top to bottom. Both top and bottom sides of the mattress should be covered and then use the steamer on all the side panes. After the cleaning, you will need to stand the mattress against the wall and rotate both sides to allow enough aeration and drying. Make sure that the mattress is completely dry before covering it with bedding to avoid dampness.

Yellow stains are the likely result of sweat and body oil build-up. As it is difficult to wet clean the entire mattress (and it is not recommendable to saturate an entire mattress), one way is to whiten the stain with a 50/50 mixture of hydrogen peroxide and warm water, plus a ¼ teaspoon of the mild dishwasher.

Here’s how to do it:

  1. Pour the solution into a spray bottle and gently spray the affected area
  2. Gently work into the fabric with a soft brush or towel and let it sit for 30 minutes
  3. Spray the mattress again with clear water to rinse and blot well to remove any trace of the cleaner.
  4. Leave the mattress to air dry
  5. For tough stains, repeat the process.

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