Mattress Cleaning Products: Simple Solutions For Spruced Up Sleep
You don’t need to get a bunch of complicated stuff for your mattress cleaning products. In fact, you’ve probably got most of what you need in your house already. This is great news since keeping your mattress fresh and clean helps extend its life and makes it nicer to sleep on.
Every night, our bodies make about half a litre of sweat and shed about a gram of skin. Even if you have the most hypoallergenic cooling mattress around, it’s still a good idea to clean it: twice a year is recommended by experts. I’ve got some great mattress cleaning products, tips, the best vacuum for cleaning your mattress and more in this article:
- Mattress Cleaning Products You Can Buy
- Mattress Cleaning Products You Can Make At Home
- Appliances To Clean Your Mattress
- Mattress Cleaning Tips
- What Mattresses Are Easiest To Keep Clean?
Mattress Cleaning Products You Can Buy
To spot treat stains:
An upholstery cleaner or enzyme-based pet-odor remover works best on bodily fluids. These fluids contain protein, and the enzymes inside these cleaning formulas will much away on them to help break the stain down.
You don’t need to buy anything fancy here. Just some good old baking soda sprinkled generously on your mattress (and vacuumed up later) will do the job.
Mattress Cleaning Products You Can Make At Home
If you want to get started on cleaning your mattress right now, here are some mattress cleaning products you probably already have in your house.
To spot treat stains without buying a special cleaning product:
Make a solution with one teaspoon of mild dish detergent mixed in one cup of warm water. Scrub this onto the stain (don’t pour it on, you don’t want to make your mattress any wetter than you need to).
As above, baking soda does the job. I often see recipes for homemade mattress sprays to add freshness, but in my opinion these are just a way of masking odors and potentially making your mattress damp. Using baking soda to draw out odors instead of masking them, then vacuuming it up seems like a much better option to me.
Appliances To Clean Your Mattress
According to Consumer Reports, the best appliance to clean your mattress is a hand held vacuum that is designed just for mattresses. The Dyson V6 Mattress Handheld Vacuum is the one Consumer Reports tested: they found it vacuumed up three times as much dirt from a mattress than a normal vacuum did. You can read my full review of this powerful mattress vacuum here.
If you’re researching mattress vacuums, look for one with a soft brush attachment. These are great for cleaning modern mattresses with foams in the top layers.
Mattress Cleaning Tips
Here’s a handy list of mattress cleaning tips:
- If your mattress has a non removable cover, DO NOT ATTEMPT TO REMOVE IT. You could damage your whole bed. At worst, if you have a cheap memory foam mattress with a fiberglass fire layer inside it, you might release tiny shards of it all through your bedroom. This is a problem that’s a total nightmare to fix, you can read more about it here
- If you’re spot cleaning your mattress, make sure it’s 100% dry before you put any bedding back on. It doesn’t matter if you’ve used a special upholstery cleaner or your homemade detergent solution: both must be completely dry or else you risk mold and mildew
- If you’re using baking soda to deodorize your mattress, leave it on for as long as you can. 24 – 48 hours is ideal, so try to time your mattress cleaning with a trip away so you don’t need to worry about sleeping on it.
- When vacuuming, pay close attention to any seams and crevices, as this is where dust and dead skin cells can accumulate
- Use a mattress pad or protector to avoid stains and provide more protection against dust mites and mildew
What Mattresses Are Easiest To Keep Clean?
An all-natural latex mattress will be the easiest to keep clean because latex is naturally antimicrobial and anti mildew. It’s great at keeping out dust mites, and is a favorite among allergy sufferers. Even better, it’s the most durable mattress material you can buy so it’s an all-round favorite.
Memory foam is also good at repelling dust mites, but you’ll need to make sure the foam has some heat management in it to stop you getting hot at night.
I’ve written an article all about anti-allergy mattresses, you can read it here to find out more about the best mattresses for the cleanest sleep.