Wednesday, March 5, 2014

How to Clean Your Mattress

I am going to tell you how to clean your mattress. 
So you know you can't throw your mattress in the washing machine but you can freshen it up and spot clean your mattress without water.

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About every six months we flip our mattress. When you do this you can take the time to clean it and freshen your mattress too.

First, strip every thing and wash all your bedding and mattress pad and bed skirt if you have one. While you have the mattress up for flipping vacuum that box spring.

Second, if you have any stains you can use a solution of one part dish soap to two parts hydrogen peroxide.  Do not soak any stains but dab a very warm damp clean cloth  into the solution and work the stain and keep dabbing it dry with a clean dry cloth. Most mattress stains are protein in nature so this solution to clean the mattress should work. The sooner you get to that stain the better.

Third, when you are done with any spot cleaning of your mattress, let's deodorize it. Take some baking soda and use a sifter or a shaker to sprinkle a thin layer of baking soda over the top of your mattress. Let it sit for at least an hour and then come in with you upholstery attachment and vacuum. Get in between the flap on the side of the pillow top and vacuum all the crevices well.

I am telling you this really does freshen your mattress. I swear it even smells better in your room after a thorough cleaning of your bed.

Now bring in your freshly washed bedding and make up your bed and you will sleep like a baby not only from all that work, but because your bed is so fresh and clean.


  1. I do this too!! It grosses me out to think about all the skin cells and dust mites in our mattresses. We just bought a new bed a few months back, our old one was about 14 years old.

  2. Thank you Elaine for posting this! I've vacuumed etc. but didn't know what to do to get the spots out. I will definitely try it.

  3. Great tip! I vacuum mine but never thought to use baking soda. I'll definitely do that next time.

  4. Bonjour,

    Je suis très heureuse de vous retrouver après mes longues semaines d'absence... Le soleil, la lumière et la végétation luxuriante de l'Île Maurice me manquent déjà ! Ma consolation est de pouvoir ouvrir à nouveau la porte de votre blog...
    Le printemps arrive avec l'envie de retourner toute la maison !
    Une bonne publication.
    Gros bisous

  5. We do vacuum our mattresses weekly, but I will add baking soda next time. Thanks for sharing!

  6. I need to do this more than twice/year because of my allergies, that's for sure! Spring cleaning will be coming to my house soon.

  7. I use a carpet shampooer, the hand attachment. I give it a good scrub with castile soap and warm water first then shampoo it with the machine and suck all the yuckies out. The key is to put it outside in the hot sun until dry. The sun not only whitens and disinfects it but will kill any dust mites deep in the mattress. I have severe asthma and learned this from my allergist. You can also vacuum the top once brought back inside to remove any debris that may have fallen on top, leaves, etc... I have a queen size double stuffed mattress and my boys bring this outside for me.

  8. This is one of those post where I think I'm glad I read it, but almost wished I never read it! HA! LOL

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