When it comes to mattress upkeep, most people might think they just need to change the sheets and maybe rotate from time to time. But a mattress is an investment, so you want to make sure it lasts. (Especially after all that time spent testing out every model in the store.) And that means learning how to clean a mattress. Our nightly sleeping spots can harbour dust mites and other dirt, which means they need to be cleaned regularly—particularly if you suffer from allergies, have pets, or are just an avid midnight snacker. But cleaning a mattress is far easier than you might think. Learn the five simple steps that will help you keep your mattress clean and ready for years of snoozing.
1. Strip the Bed
Remove sheets, pillowcases, and mattress covers and let them take a spin in the washer and dryer. Washing in hot water will help get rid of any dust mites. Depending on the type of pillows you have, you may be able to wash them as well. (Double-check the care label.)
2. Vacuum the Mattress
Use the upholstery attachment to go over the entire surface of the mattress, including the sides. Pay special attention to seams and break out the crevice attachment to get any hidden dirt or dust.
Tackle any stains by spot-cleaning. The method will depend on the type of mattress and the makeup of the stain. For coil-spring mattresses, use upholstery cleaner or an enzyme-based cleaner. Another way to gently clean a mattress is by mixing dish soap with water and applying just the resulting foam to the stain. For foam mattresses, use an enzyme-based or the aforementioned foam method. Apply the cleaner to the stained area only and let the mattress dry completely before you put covers or bedding back on.
4. Remove Odours
If you can't put your mattress out in the sun and fresh air, baking soda is the next best thing. Sprinkle a layer over the entire top of the mattress and leave for several hours (or better yet, apply before an overnight trip). Once the baking soda has worked its magic, thoroughly vacuum it up.
5. Cover and Protect
Now that your mattress is clean and dry, cover it with a mattress protector, which will make cleaning easier in the future and protect from spills, dirt, and other unpleasantries (i.e. bedbugs). You're officially ready to make the bed!