How To At Home: Clean Your Mattress
You may never give your mattress much thought, but periodic cleaning is a good idea especially if you suffer from any kind of allergies.
Start off by stripping your bed and washing all the bedding (sheets, comforter, mattress pad) in the hottest water and highest dryer heat setting that your bedding recommends without fading or ruining it.
Vacuum the mattress next using the upholstery attachment. Start at the top and work your way down in overlapping paths. Don’t forget the sides.
Sprinkle the mattress well with baking soda and use a scrub brush to rub it in. Allow the baking soda to sit for 10 minutes. This will help get rid of odors in the fabric. Vacuum the mattress again to remove the excess baking soda.
To remove any stains, the method depends upon the stain. For dried blood, make a paste of ¼ cup hydrogen peroxide with 1 tablespoon of liquid dish soap and 1 tablespoon of table salt. Rub the paste into the stain and allow it to sit until it dries. Then scrape off the dried paste. Dab at any remaining stain with a white rag dipped in the hydrogen peroxide.
For urine stains, dissolve 3 tablespoons baking soda in 1 cup of hydrogen peroxide and then add a drop or two of liquid dish soap. Dab at the stain but avoid drenching the mattress. If the stain doesn’t come out with this solution, wait until the mattress is dry and mix 3 tablespoons of dry laundry detergent with 1 tablespoon water to make a dry foam. Make sure the detergent doesn’t contain an oxygenated bleach. Spread the foam over the stain and allow it to sit for 30 minutes. Scrape and vacuum up any residue.
For other stains such as vomit or spills, dab at the stain with household ammonia. Again, do not drench the mattress. To help get rid of the ammonia odor, sprinkle the area with baking soda. Allow to dry and vacuum.
Flip the mattress over and repeat the process. To extend the life of your mattress, flip and/or rotate your mattress at least twice a year (every quarter during the first year of ownership).
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Scott & Lisa Loper