If you think that cleaning the mattress of your bed is not a thing you have to worry about too much, think again. No matter how you look at things, the mattress is the one piece of furniture in your home that you spend the most time on – specialists advice on some 8 hours a night, remember?
So, the way you approach your mattress sanitation and maintenance is very important, especially if you want to avoid health hazards of any sort.
Several steps for mattress cleaning
Removing dirt, stains and allergens would not be too hard if you have the right approach to the job. Here are several steps that you should consider taking:
- Keep it regular
Mattress cleaning is not something that you do once every do years. It should be a regular occurrence in your home, if you want it to have any positive effect.
- Get the right cleaners
While vacuuming should be enough for your general mattress maintenance, every once in a while you will need to employ a cleaning product in the process. Opting for the same detergent that you use for upholstery cleaning should be a good strategy. The reason for that is simple – those kinds of products are designed to be used on surfaces that have direct contact with skin, so they do not have any dangerous chemicals or allergens in their formula. Enzyme cleaners are another good choice when you need to get rid of a particularly harsh stain.
- Removing blood stains
Blood is one of the hardest types of stains to remove from mattresses. This is particularly true in those cases when you do not use the right method. Hydrogen peroxide is known for achieving pretty good results in removing blood from all sorts of surfaces and it will work well in this case too. Once you apply it on the mattress, wait for it a couple of minutes to take effect and then rinse using cold water – hot water will only help the blood stay permanently in the fabric.
- Removing bad odour (including the smell of cigarettes)
You will need to prepare a very large quantity of a solution of baking soda and water (1:3 solution). Apply this easy to prepare detergent on the whole surface of the mattress – going one section at a time using a clean cloth. Let the solution sit for half an hour then rinse it and apply a dry towel to remove any traces of moisture.
- Do your laundry
If you want to have an easier time maintaining your mattress clean and well sanitised, you should make a habit out of washing your linen frequently. Once or twice a week should be enough.
- Remove moisture stains
Frequently mattresses are inflicted by stains caused by moisture. The way to remove them is to get the mattress outside on a sunny day and let it get a “suntan” so to say. Leaving the mattress on the hot summer sun will also help you remove bad odour.
Author : Monster Cleaning Guildford