Posted on: 8 September 2016Share
Dust mites, mold, and dirt build up in a mattress over time. This means that although your mattress may still be functionally sound, you may have some issues with allergies or irritation from the dust and mites. Fortunately, you can restore the mattress by cleaning it thoroughly. If you want to try to do it yourself, the following tips can help.
Tip #1: Vacuum regularly
The upholstery attachment on your vacuum is for more than just the curtains and the couch, it also works amazing well on your mattress. For dust mite prevention, use a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter. These filters have very small openings that don't allow dust or mites to escape the vacuum cleaner. A good time to vacuum is every week when you remove the sheets for washing.
Tip #2: Spot clean stains
A night time accident may make you consider soaking the mattress down, but this isn't a good idea since it can be difficult to extract all the moisture. Moisture trapped inside the mattress can lead to mold growth. Instead, spot clean stains promptly. Urine and blood, common mattress stains, are both protein-based stains. These can be removed with a commercial enzyme cleaner. Simply blot up as much of the stain with a dry rag as possible, and then thoroughly spray the stain with the enzyme cleaner. Allow it to set for about 15 minutes and then blot it up with a clean rag. Repeat until the stain is gone and then allow the mattress to dry completely before putting the sheets back on.
Tip #3: Deodorize and kill bacteria
Baking soda is well known as a deodorizer. Mixing it with lavender essential oil creates a great smelling deodorizer that also has antibacterial properties. You can mix a few drops of oil into plain baking soda, or you can purchase pre-made mixtures of the oil and soda. Sprinkle the combination over the entire mattress and allow it to set a few hours before vacuuming it up. This allows the soda to absorb as many odors as possible.
Deeper stains or a dirtier mattress requires a professional touch. You can contact a professional mattress restoration company who will use a steamer along with an industrial grade extractor to make sure the mattress is dry completely. This will make your mattress like new again. To keep it clean, place the mattress in an allergen-blocking mattress bag before placing the sheets back on.