Keeping Your Mattress Clean

Mattresses can become hotbeds of dust, dirt, pollen, dead skin cells and dust mites if they aren’t cleaned regularly. Even if you are careful about not eating or drinking in your bed, dust and skin cells will still build up.

The First Line of Defense

The best way to keep your mattress clean is to keep it from getting dirty in the first place. A protective mattress pad that completely encases your mattress can guard it against spills and the collection of dust and allergens. You should remove the pad periodically and throw it in the washer or wipe it down to ensure that your bed stays clean.

 

The Power of a Vacuum

Even with a mattress pad, it’s a good idea to vacuum your bed at regular intervals and spot clean any stains. You can also steam clean your mattress but be sure that it is completely dry before you remake the bed. Moisture in your mattress can cause dangerous molds and fungus to grow.

 

Cleaning up Spills

One of the most challenging things to clean up on a mattress is urine. Start by soaking up all the liquid you can with a towel, then use a mild cleaner or dry suds on the spot. You can make dry suds by putting soap into water and stirring until bubbles form. Scrape the bubbles off and apply them to your mattress.

 

You can also sprinkle baking soda on the spot to soak up any excess moisture and bad odors, then vacuum it up.

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Regular vacuuming, along with periodic steam cleaning, are adequate to keep your mattress clean. Add a protective mattress pad to safeguard your bed from dust, discolorations and dirt. You can also consult your owner’s manual to find the manufacturer’s recommendations for cleaning and maintenance.