How to Deep Clean a Mattress: Removing Different Stains

Learning how to deep clean a mattress is an excellent addition to your spring cleaning routine and improves your health. If you don’t have the time, rely on house deep cleaning services in Toronto by Brilho Luxury Home Services

Why Deep Clean the Mattress? 

Sheets and mattress pads only protect the mattress to a certain extent. Dust, sweat, and spills still work through these layers, meaning your bed could house allergens and bacteria. We won’t even talk about the dust mites. 

How to Deep Clean a Mattress

The following process applies to mattresses that are pest-free, have no distinct odours, and don’t have stains. 

  • Take off all the bedding and the mattress cover. You must clean the entire surface. 
  • Attach the vacuum attachment for upholstery and vacuum the whole surface using slow circular movements. 
  • Sprinkle baking soda over the top of the bed, open up the curtains, and leave it for the day. Twenty-four hours is better, but that may not prove practical. 
  • You may also add a few drops of essential oil to the baking soda before you apply it to scent the bed gently. 
  • Now use the vacuum cleaner to remove the baking soda and air the room. Open the windows and turn on your fan if possible. 
  • Clean the box spring and frame, wipe down all wood or metal and vacuum any upholstered areas. 
  • Put on clean bedding. 
  • Repeat in six months. 

Removing Stains

Now that you know how to deep clean a mattress, let’s look at removing stains. It’s pretty simple and involves a little spot cleaning before you apply the baking soda. 

  • Where possible, deal with spills immediately, blotting up any moisture using a patting rather than rubbing motion. 
  • Next, choose a stain remover that will work for the type of stain. 
  • Spray the liquid onto a cloth rather than applying it to the mattress.
  • Dab at the stain to remove it—rubbing it will only make things worse. 
  • Moisten another cloth with clean water and ensure it’s just moist instead of dripping. Use this cloth to remove the stain and residue from the cleaner. 
  • Allow it to dry, and then sprinkle baking soda onto the mattress. Complete the cleaning as you would with a standard bed. 

Dab the wet cloth onto the stain to soak up the stain and the cleaner.

Hard-to-Remove Stains

Stains from vomit, urine, blood, and other bodily fluids respond well to cold water and enzymatic cleaners. 

You can make your own without harsh chemicals using one part water and one part vinegar. Apply as you would a commercial stain remover. 

Stain Remover for Urine Stains

Hydrogen Peroxide is another good option. Mix one cup each of Hydrogen Peroxide and warm water, add ¼ teaspoon of dish soap, and apply as follows: 

  • Put it into a spray bottle and spritz the surface to moisten it.
  • Use a cloth or soft brush to work it into the fabric and allow it to sit for half an hour. 
  • Spray with clean water and then blot up as much moisture as possible. 
  • Repeat if you can still smell the urine. 

A Strong Home-Made Stain Remover

Should you need to remove a strong-smelling stain, the following mix should prove useful:

  • One tablespoon of white vinegar
  • One teaspoon of water
  • Two tablespoons of baking soda
  • One teaspoon of laundry detergent
  • One drop of disinfectant

Apply as you would a commercial brand, clean up the residue, and proceed to the baking soda step detailed above. 

Should the mattress smell heavily of body odour, mix equal parts of cornstarch and baking soda to dry up any oils. 

Consider Steam Cleaning

You may also choose a steam cleaner for fabrics. The high heat kills off bacteria and fungal spores, and temperatures over 70°F kill dust mites, which is a handy side effect. 

You can usually hire steam cleaners or invest in one for a reasonable amount. A garment steamer will also work. 

As with the other methods, allow the bed to air and then apply baking soda. Vacuum it up after a few hours, and you’ll also pick up the dead dust mites. 

Other Tips for Your Arsenal

Here are some other tips on how to deep clean a mattress.

  • Use a powerful vacuum cleaner to get the dust and dirt out. You need a reputable brand and one with strong suction. 
  • When you change the sheets, let the bed air for a couple of hours in full sunlight if you can manage it. Open the window to improve circulation and reduce odours at the same time. 
  • It’s also helpful to strip most of the bedding when making the bed and let it air for an hour if you can. 
  • Mould, fungi, bacteria, and dust mites need warmth and moisture to thrive. Try dropping the temperature in the bedroom to discourage these pests. 
  • Do you keep your phone on the bed next to you when you sleep? Do you put your laptop on your lap? Both are germ factories, so wipe them down with disinfectant daily. 
  • Check the manufacturer’s instructions. If you have a specialty mattress, check what they recommend for cleaning, or you may void your warranty or damage the bed. 
  • If you don’t already have a mattress cover, get one now. While they aren’t perfect, they’re better than nothing and are easy to wash.
  • If you have allergies, you should encase the box spring and the mattress. Wash these covers when you wash the pad on top. 
  • Sometimes you cannot get the odour or stains out, so you may need a professional service to come in to assist. Incorporating this as part of a deep home cleaning is a good option. 

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