Mattresses aren’t cheap, so naturally you want yours to last as long as possible. Caring for your mattress by cleaning it every so often will help to ensure that it provides you with clean, healthy sleep for many years. You should clean your mattress about every six months. If you’re not removing stains, then this is a relatively quick process that will help your mattress perform well for its entire lifespan.
Dust, dander, and dust mites can accumulate in your mattress, so it’s a good idea to start the cleaning process by vacuuming. Use an upholstery attachment on your vacuum to remove particles that can contribute to, and worsen, allergies and asthma. If there are soiled regions on your mattress that require more than vacuuming, you can mix a mild detergent with water and work the suds into the soiled area. Allow time for the suds to penetrate the stain, and then wipe the area clean with a warm sponge. Allow the area to dry completely before trying additional cleaning techniques. Be sure that you don’t saturate the stain too much, as you do not want liquid to penetrate through to the mattress core. For tougher stains, try using an enzyme-based cleaner, as they can be effective in breaking down the structure of a stain. Most organic pet cleaners are enzymatic cleaners, so you can likely find a good one in your local pet store. If you’d like to try additional organic methods, consider trying:
- Baking soda and vinegar
- Citrus-based cleaner
- Natural soap and water
When you purchase a new mattress, you should also purchase a mattress protector, as it will prevent damaging stains from penetrating your mattress. If your mattress frequently gets dirty, then you should also consider a washable mattress pad as an additional protective layer. This will also reduce the time you spend cleaning your mattress.