Mattresses see a lot in their lifetimes. And even though we regularly wash bedding, our sweat, dead skin cells, and stains can really pile up (not to mention a common allergen like dust mites)
Since we spend about 8 hours in our bedroom every night, it’s crucial to take care of our mattresses and maintain their cleanliness.
Use a Mattress Protector
Let’s face it: No matter where they come from, no one wants to clean stains out of a mattress. By investing in a high-quality, waterproof mattress protector, you’ll prevent stains and messes from occurring in the first place.
How to Remove Mattress Stains
If you didn’t have a mattress protector, you might be dealing with a variety of stains, from wine to coffee, urine, blood, or sweat. Since you’re working with your sleeping surface, we recommend avoiding harsh chemical cleaners. Instead, reach for effective, natural cleaning products like our Natural Stain Remover.
Proven to tackle hundreds of tough stains, these six plant enzymes break down stain particles by speeding up natural chemical reactions – making them much easier to remove.
1. Remove Any Excess
Treating a recent spill? If it’s thick enough, pick up any excess using a spoon or spatula. Don’t apply any pressure or you’ll push the excess into your mattress (making it harder to clean).
2. Blot the Stain
Using a clean, dry microfiber cloth, blot fresh stains until your cloth no longer picks up the stain color from your mattress. If your stain is sticky or dark in color, use a slightly damp cloth before blotting.
3. Spray & Set
Following the directions on the bottle, apply your stain remover and let it sit for at least 15 minutes. The longer you leave the solution on the surface, the better it will work. If you’re dealing with a particularly tough mark – and have another bed to sleep on – leave the solution on your mattress overnight.
4. Use a Carpet Cleaner
Since it’s extremely difficult to dry, we don’t recommend rinsing your mattress with water. Instead, we recommend removing our Stain Remover (and the stain) with a handheld attachment on a carpet cleaner. Be sure to follow all manufacturer instructions carefully.
Using a clean, dry microfiber cloth, remove any excess moisture by blotting the surface of your mattress. Leave your mattress uncovered for several hours before making your bed.
How to Deep-Clean a Mattress
Obviously, water and mattresses don’t mix. If you’re looking to deep clean your mattress, the following steps are the most effective.
Using your vacuum's handheld attachment, pick up any loose dust, hair, and debris on your mattress.
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2. Use a Steam Cleaner
We encourage the use of a steam cleaner instead of carpet shampooer. Not only does a steam cleaner use a smaller amount of water, but it’s also incredibly effective at killing dust mites without the use of chemicals.
If your steam cleaner has a special triangle attachment (and most do), attach a microfiber towel to it so the steam gently lifts everything into the towel. This method is so effective at removing dirt and messes that you can clean your entire mattress with it – possibly without pretreating stains.
3. Thoroughly Dry Your Mattress
As we noted earlier, it’s incredibly important to ensure that your mattress is 100% dry before sleeping on it. If the weather is pleasant, consider opening the windows to speed up the process.
Tips to Prolong the Life of Your Mattress
When the mattress protector is in the washing machine, rotate the mattress and suck up any debris with the handheld attachment on your vacuum.
Clean & Replace Pillows
Maintain them by investing in pillow protectors and wash:
- Pillow cases each week
- Pillow protectors every 3-4 weeks
- Pillows every 3 months
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