3 Tips for a Cleaner Mattress
Like carpet, a mattress is a long-term investment that you hope will wear well for years. Both need periodic cleaning to attain their full lifespan. Neglecting your mattress can affect your health, cause discomfort and shorten its life. There are three things you can do to get a cleaner night’s sleep.
- Banish Odors
The porous, fabric layers of your mattress can absorb unpleasant smells, either from the environment or just from infrequent cleaning.
Baking soda — a cheap item that can be purchased at any grocery store — can help you get rid of those smells by absorbing them. Remove your bedding, including the mattress pad, and liberally sprinkle baking soda on the top of your mattress. Let it sit for several hours or even remake your bed and sleep on the bed for a week before coming back and vacuuming up the baking soda.
- Spot Clean
If you end up with a spot or stain, clean it as soon as possible with a mild cleanser. You can blot the stain with a damp cloth but don’t scrub or pour liquid on the spot. Scrubbing and introducing excess fluid can damage the mattress and possibly encourage the growth of mold and mildew.
- Beware of Bed Wetting
Accidents happen, either from bed wetting or spilling a drink on a mattress. First, it’s important to soak up as much moisture as possible using a towel, cloth or paper towels. Blot at the spot but don’t rub because you’ll force the liquid deeper into the mattress.
Next, apply a cleaner either a commercial one or a home remedy, such as spraying vinegar or spreading cornstarch mixed with water to make a paste. If you use a cleaner or vinegar, you may need to blot it up too after a while. You can leave the cornstarch alone until it dries, then vacuum it up.
Finally, sprinkle baking soda over the spot to absorb any remaining odors. Let it sit for a while, then vacuum.
A Comfortable Night’s Sleep
Knowing that your bed is as clean as possible will help you get a better night’s sleep on the best mattress for you.