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Most people have no clue how to clean a mattress and are often surprised by how clean they can make an old mattress with the right tricks. While one might do everything they can to prevent a mattress from becoming dirty too quickly, a mattress inevitably absorbs odors over time. When a mattress becomes dirty or stained, some people might think it is time to get a new bed. At Mattress Depot in South Florida we know that a brand new mattresses can be expensive for some customers, and we always recommend that they should attempt to clean an old mattress before they shop for a new bed.
WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO CLEAN A MATTRESS
One of the best ways to clean a mattress is with a washcloth, warm water and a small amount of dish soap. Make sure not to use too much, if you do read this blog. As the last thing you want is liquid soaking into the mattress. Allowing the liquid to soak into a mattress can result in mold growth which can permanently ruin your bed. Lightly coat the dry cloth with soap and water and do not allow the soap to remain on the bed for too long. Another option is to use a spray bottle with a mix of dish soap and water.. With a spray bottle, one can minimize the odds soaking the bed.
Make sure that the dish soap does not contain any dye to avoid staining your mattress. Spread the mixture on the stains without rubbing too hard. Hard rubbing can push the mixture into the bed and damage it. If the combination is mild enough, you might be able to let it dry before you clean it off of the bed.
A mixture of this type should be thick and should not sink into the mattress. After the solution is no longer bubbling, one should spray the mixture with a water bottle and use clean rags to absorb the remaining moisture. One should never mix hydrogen peroxide with vinegar. This will create an acid that can damage your skin and damage your property. For more difficult stains and odors, one might sprinkle baking soda on the bed and vacuum it up first, followed by applying the soap and water mixture.
CAN YOU SHAMPOO A MATTRESS?
One can surely use a carpet cleaner to clean a mattress. One must make sure to let the bed dry after it is cleaned. If your mattress is made of either goose down or foam, carpet cleaning shampoo should be avoided. One should set the mattress on its side before cleaning it with a carpet cleaner. First, run the tool over one side of the mattress to coat it with cleaning fluid properly. Then, go over the bed a few times without pushing the handle down to remove the liquid from the mattress.
After cleaning one side, turn the mattress around and clean the other. Always make sure that the liquid is quickly cleaned off the bed. After cleaning the mattress, one should make sure it has proper air so that it can dry properly. By using a high-quality mattress pad, one can reduce the frequency of mattress cleaning. One can also vacuum a mattress briefly once in a while to reduce the necessity of shampooing your mattress.
HOW TO CLEAN A MATTRESS THAT HAS STAINS
Stains can be difficult to remove because one must avoid getting their mattress too wet. If you have to clean a stain on your bed we recommend cleaning a larger area of the mattress to get rid of the stain completely. To remove difficult stains one might use lavender oil, instead of baking soda, dish soap, or peroxide. If lavender oil is not strong enough to remove the stains, another option is to mix of white vinegar, water, and laundry detergent. Keep in mind that attempting to clean a mattress with laundry soap that contains dye might make the stains worst.
HOW TO CLEAN A MEMORY FOAM MATTRESS
When cleaning a foam mattress, one must be especially be careful not to allow too much water to soak into the bed. Ordinary spring mattresses can also be damaged by getting them too wet, but this is more serious if your mattress is foam. Mildew can appear more easily on a memory foam mattress.
HOW TO DISINFECT A MATTRESS
Even if you wash your sheets frequently, some sweat will still end up reaching your mattress. Everyone sweats at night, and this can lead to bacteria growing on your bed. Use a vacuum with an upholstery attachment to remove as much dust as possible. Using an antibacterial spray is a good idea and will not damage your mattress. Bleach should always be avoided; even diluted bleach can ruin your mattress. Bleach is unnecessarily strong for this purpose.
HOW TO DEODORIZE A MATTRESS
Over time, a mattress, even if covered by clean sheets, is sure to absorb odors. The bed will slowly absorb odors from the air over time, and one cannot entirely prevent this. One surprisingly effective way of deodorizing a mattress is to expose it to air. You can also add a thin coat of baking soda on top of the mattress to help neutralize the odor while it is airing out.
HOW TO CLEAN A MATTRESS WITH BAKING SODA
One of the best ways of using baking soda to clean and deodorize a mattress is to use a spray bottle to spray a mix of baking soda and water on it. Baking soda is an excellent deodorant and will work best if it is sprayed on to a mattress evenly.
HOW TO CLEAN A MATTRESS WITH BAKING SODA AND VINEGAR
The fizzy reaction that occurs when baking soda and vinegar mix also has the power to clean and deodorize. First, properly vacuum the mattress in advance. Then, use a brush and a mix of baking soda, vinegar, and essential oils to clean the mattress. When vacuuming, be careful not to damage the bed with a powerful vacuum.
HOW TO PROTECT A NEW MATTRESS
The best way to protect a new mattress is to buy a mattress protector. A liquid-proof mattress cover can do more to lengthen the life of your mattress than anything else. As well as cleaning one’s mattress on occasion and making sure that the sheets are cleaned regularly, one might also turn the mattress over to the other side once every few months.
HOW TO STEAM CLEAN A MATTRESS
Sometimes, one needs a steam cleaner to deodorize a mattress. If do-it-yourself methods have failed, you can rent a steam cleaner before buying a new mattress. A steam cleaner can reach below the surface odors that simpler cleaning methods may not. When using a steam cleaner, make sure that you alternate back and forth between dry passes and keeping the steam turned on. To remove stains, go over the same spot a few times. Don’t forget to steam the sides of the mattress as it can collect dust and odors.
HOW TO CLEAN A URINE STAINED MATTRESS
Cleaning a mattress that is stained with urine can be particularly challenging, if it is not cleaned up right away. Baking soda and water should be immediately applied. Make sure that all parts of the stain are covered with baking soda. A mix of baking soda, vinegar, and essential oils is usually enough to save your mattress in these situations.
For a stain that has already dried, baking soda will not be enough. Heavily diluted peroxide might work, but otherwise, your mattress will need to be steam cleaned. In the worst cases, your bed may have to be replaced. If you need to buy a new bed visit Mattress Depot today. Whether you want a twin, full, queen or king size bed. Urine stains are difficult to get rid of, and sometimes even a steam cleaning will not save you from a trip to a local mattress shop.
HOW TO GET RID OF BED BUGS IN A MATTRESS
Far from being a thing of the past, bed bugs have made quite a comeback in the last decade. Bed bugs can spread all over one’s house. If one manages to get rid of most but not all of them, they tend to recover and spread all over the house again quickly. All of one’s clothes and bedding must be cleaned to get rid of the bed bugs altogether. A mattress does not always have to be thrown away if one has a bed bug infestation. A steam cleaning may be enough to kill all of the bed bugs and bed bug eggs. A spray that contains alcohol is also useful.
Typical mattress cleaning methods are not likely to be enough. If bed bugs return despite your efforts, you will have to get rid of your mattress. Even if you take good care of them, one sometimes still has to buy a new bed. Before you pick a mattress store, read this mattress store review.
Keep in mind, after purchasing a new mattress in a house that formerly had a bed bug problem, you might want to use a zippered mattress cover to protect your purchase. This will save you from frustration if the bed bugs return.
HOW TO GET THROW UP SMELL OUT OF A MATTRESS
Vomit can also be difficult to clean out of a mattress. If you can get to the stain out as quickly as possible, use a paper towel first, followed by pouring water onto the stain. One should use more water than normal in this situation, but make sure not to soak the bed. As getting the inside of the mattress too wet can result in mildew. Give the stain a good scrub with vinegar and baking soda to minimize the possibility of a smell that lingers. If this is not enough to remove the smell, one might have some luck with enzymes. Enzyme cleaners work particularly well for deodorizing vomit stains that are difficult to get removed. If you can’t get rid of the smell, your next option is to purchase a new bed.
TIPS FOR CLEANING A TEMPURPEDIC MATTRESS
A Tempurpedic mattress can be challenging to clean as water can damage the mattress. One should avoid getting the mattress wet and instead, use baking soda or a mix of baking soda and cornstarch to clean it without liquid. Spread a mix of baking soda and cornstarch all over the mattress and leave it for an hour. Use a vacuum to remove the baking soda. This is more or less effective as dry baking soda works perfectly well as a deodorant. Since it is never a good idea to get a Tempurpedic mattress wet, the mattress should always be covered with a mattress protector.
IS IT IMPORTANT TO CLEAN A MATTRESS?
Yes, as allergy problems and common infections can be prevented by keeping a bed clean.
While clean sheets and blankets are necessary, one should also sometimes clean the mattress itself. It should be done occasionally to preserve the life of a mattress. If it is too late to save your mattress, our friendly staff at Mattress Depot can help you find a new bed.