Must Do Mattress Cleaning Tips

August 6, 2016 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ Mattress Care

Changing your sheets weekly and regularly washing pillows, blankets, and other bedding are important steps in the battle against dust and allergens in the bedroom, but there’s more you can do. It’s also helpful to keep your mattress and box spring clean and odor-free. If you haven’t thought about cleaning your mattress lately, think about this: You probably spend at least six or seven hours there every night. That’s a long time to be somewhere that’s not as clean as it could be. Follow these tips every few months and you’ll rest easier knowing your bed is extra fresh.

1. Ditch Dust

The easiest way to tackle dust is to pop the upholstery tool on your vacuum cleaner and go over the top and sides of the mattress and as much of the box spring as you can access. Press firmly on the tool to draw out dust beneath the fabric’s surface. Then use the crevice tool to get into the quilting, along the edge welting, and where any pillow top is attached. If you have a garment steamer, go over the mattress with the steamer before you vacuum to help kill and remove dust mites lurking near the surface.

2. Zap Stains

If pets sleep on your bed or you like to snack in bed, chances are your mattress may have some stains on it. The easiest way to remove them is with an upholstery cleaner formulated to remove pet stains. What I like about these formulas is that they not only remove stains, but also contain enzymes to tackle odors. Our Good Housekeeping Research Institute pick for the job is Good Housekeeping Seal-holder Bissell Pet Stain and Odor Remover. Just follow the directions on the label. Avoid over-wetting the mattress and let it dry thoroughly before making the bed.

3. Kill Odors

For any telltale odors, spray the mattress and box spring with a disinfecting spray, like Lysol. It’s safe to use on fabric and kills bacteria that causes odors. To freshen your mattress between cleanings, sprinkle some Arm & Hammer baking soda onto the fabric, wait 15 minutes, and vacuum.

Read more speed cleaning tips for all around the house in our online Home Speed Cleaning Guide. If you need a new mattress, check out our Mattress Buying Guide before you shop. To warm things up in bed, read our review of heated mattress pads. To see how we test mattress pads, pillows, and more, sign up for a tour of our Good Housekeeping Research Institute.Must Do Mattress Cleaning Tips, 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 rating